Sunday, January 17, 2016

HEARTACHES BY THE NUMBER

“Ricky Skaggs is a child of the rock era—he came into the world exactly two weeks after Elvis shook things up with ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’—but he’s always lived and breathed for bluegrass,” writes David Cantwell in Heartaches by the Number.

Skaggs sings the Stanley Brothers’ “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown” “in the earnest tenor he perfected singing harmony with the masters.” But now in a new era, “the number’s been spiked with the pedal-steel fills and the boot-scooting, drum-driven beat of latter-day honky-tonk. Still . . . there’s no mistaking those high, lonesome harmonies [that] prove the roots of his raising.”



387.  Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown • Ricky Skaggs • 1983


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