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Ricky Skaggs

Solid Ground – 1995 (Atlantic)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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CDs by Ricky Skaggs

This is Ricky Skaggs' first effort in a number of years and debut for his new label. Skaggs was at the forefront of the New Traditionalists movement in the early/mid '80's, following his work with Emmylou Harris. Skaggs is a multi-instrumentalist, whose sound relies heavily on his bluegrass background. His latest is a good album, although not as solid as some of his earlier material. His rendition of Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle," is merely a cover; there's really nothing different about it. His "Cry, Cry Darlin'" is very good, reminiscent of Bill Monroe's 1950's version. Skaggs does a nice job on Webb Pierce's" I Ain't Never" and on the album's title cut. Many fans have been waiting for Skaggs to put out a new album. They won't find much that's objectionable here. It's good to have Skaggs back. Let's hope radio stations find a place for him in their rotations.