Nashville, TN -- Critics coast-to-coast are raving about Ricky Skaggs' latest musical creation, Music To My Ears. The album, according to reviewers, mixes traditional and progressive influences while staying true to its bluegrass roots. Skaggs’ Music To My Ears was released from Skaggs Family Records on September 25, 2012.
"I'm always humbled when I read reviews of a new project I've just done," says Skaggs. "The kind words from seasoned writers and young writers alike really encourage me to keep making music."
Music To My Ears is Skaggs' first all-new Country and Bluegrass record in more than three years (Skaggs Family Records). In support of the album, Skaggs is set for several national television and radio appearances. TV appearances include GAC "On The Streets," CMT "Insider," Crook & Chase and the Fox News Channel's America's News HQ, with nationally syndicated radio appearances on CMT Radio, The Mike Huckabee Show, The Michael Berry Show, and American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.
Fourteen-time GRAMMY® Award winner Ricky Skaggs will please Country and Bluegrass fans alike with the release of his all-new album, Music To My Ears (Skaggs Family Records). The new project is produced by Skaggs and co-produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter Gordon Kennedy, famed for penning multiple smash hit songs including Eric Clapton’s “Change The World.”
“This album is ‘Music To My Ears’ and I hope to yours, as well,” says Skaggs. “We’ve flavored it with all of my favorite sounds and I’m excited to have teamed up with some of the best musicians in the business to create this new record.”
Music To My Ears includes all-new songs as well as fresh takes on older Bluegrass standards. The track, “Soldier’s Son,” brings together the musical talents of Ricky Skaggs and Barry Gibb, known for his longtime fame with the Bee Gees. Gibb, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut alongside Skaggs earlier this year, co-wrote “Soldier’s Son” to be sung by the pair for the new album.
The album also includes a new Christian Bluegrass song, “Music To My Ears,” “Tennessee Stud,” a special tribute to the late Doc Watson, “New Jerusalem,” a new instrumental written by Skaggs and “You Can’t Hurt Ham,” a recording with lyrics inspired by the infamous saying of the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, co-written by Kennedy and Skaggs.
Here's what a few critics are saying about Skaggs' Music To My Ears:
“It makes for an album of surprises, with the variety of styles connected by Skaggs’ expressive tenor and forceful mandolin playing.”
– Michael McCall, The Associated Press
“It's another bluegrass gem — with some fine pure-country moments — from the traditional style torchbearer and his ace band, Kentucky Thunder.”
- Christine Dickinson, The Chicago Tribune
“Skaggs manages to intertwine many sounds he grew up hearing and playing, including country, bluegrass and gospel. He also pays homage to a few musical icons and also sprinkles in a dash of harmonious humor along the way.”
- Craig Shelburne, CMT
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