Ricky Skaggs – “Music To My Ears”By William Simpson • Nov 19th, 2012 • Category: CD Reviews
Review by Stratman
“Music To My Ears” is the new Country and Bluegrass album from Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder. Ricky Skaggs has been a professional musician for more than 35 years, has had 12 No.1 hit singles, won 14 Grammy Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), eight ACM Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, two Dove Awards, and nine ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Awards and was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. Whew! Now that should tell you that this is gonna be one humdinger of an album (and it is)!
“Blue Night “opens the album up and is a real nice tune to open with. Ricky performs a killer mandolin solo, and the fiddle adds a great touch to it. Good way to start the “show”. “Things In Life” allows Ricky to answer some questions in God’s way. Tasty banjo and Ricky, again, excels on the mandolin. “You Can’t Hurt Ham” is a song that uses lyrics written by Skaggs and producer Gordon Kennedy (who wrote “Change The World” for Eric Clapton), but was inspired by a saying made famous by the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.
The title track, “Music To My Ears” is next. It is full of great harmonies, something Skaggs tunes are noted for. “What You Are Waiting For” is one of the best, if not the best track, on the album with a very haunting piano. “New Jerusalem” is a new, catchy, upbeat, toe-tappin’ original instrumental which allows all of the fabulous musicians to show their craft off.
Here comes the surprise track on the album. ”Soldier’s Son” is a gripping offering with powerful lyrics written by Skaggs and Barry Gibb…… that’s right….Barry Gibb of the world re-knowned Bee Gees. Great music; I love the guitar, vocals, harmonies, aw crap, I love this song! THIS may be the best one on the album! “Tennessee Stud” (A Tribute to Doc Watson) follows and the guys do a masterful version. I am sure old Doc is smilin’. Good harmonies and a great tribute to a great musician.
“Loving You Too Well” makes you want to get up and dance! I dig the fiddle in this one. It has some cool lyrics. “You Are Something Else” is lyrically loaded and has wonderful dynamics. And, that brings us to the final track: “Nothing Beats A Family”. Well put together, this song makes you stop and think about your loved ones. It has a really cool flute throughout. It’s a fitting way to end this album.
This is a great album, and I would expect nothing else from the Bluegrass Master and his fabulous producer. The music is outstanding, well recorded, lyrically tight and a must for all of you bluegrass fans. So, get off your buttocks and “git you one!” Mine’s not for sale.