Ricky Skaggs - Solid Ground
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Solid Ground (Atlantic, 1995)

Ricky Skaggs

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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.

CDs by Ricky Skaggs

Music To My Ears, 2012 A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two, 2011 Country Hits,  Bluegrass Style, 2011 Mosaic, 2010 Ricky Skaggs Solo (Songs My Dad Loved), 2009 The High Notes, 2008 Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass: Tribute to 1946 and 1947, 2008 Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, 2007 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Instrumentals, 2006

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