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Ricky Skaggs - Brand New Strings

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Brand New Strings - Ricky Skaggs & Kentu

Brand New Strings - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

The Bottom Line

This is a top of the line album from Ricky Skaggs. He has outdone himself with the songs and the music. While he made a name for himself in mainstream country, his heart has always been blue, bluegrass that is. This is a terrific combination of great lyrics and outstanding instrumental work. It is an excellent addition to any collection.
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  • "Sis Draper"
  • "Spread A Little Love Around"
  • "My Father's Son"


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  • Produced by Ricky Skaggs.
  • First album concentrating on new music since 1997.
  • Released by Skaggs Family Records.

Guide Review - Ricky Skaggs - Brand New Strings

'Brand New Strings' is the first album from Ricky Skaggs since 1997 that concentrates on all new music. I've been a fan for years and this album is one of his best. He has some very strong songs on there and my toes were tapping from beginning to end. He has also included some instrumental numbers that will knock your socks off. His band, Kentucky Thunder, is very good and they all know their way around the instruments. I think my favorite song was probably "Sis Draper," which was about a little old mountain woman that could play the fiddle like nobody's business and had everyone scared witless when it came to trying to misbehave. It is a fun song that reminds me a lot of many of the older generation where I grew up.

"Sally Jo" was another song that I really liked. It was an original recording by Bill Monroe and is a great example of bluegrass at its toe tapping best. "Brand New Strings," which is the title track, says he used to play the blues until he found his true love, now he has some brand new strings and his music is like nothing he has played before. There are a couple of instrumentals on the album, but the one that stood out the most for me was "I Corinthians 1:10."

Any album collection would only benefit from the addition of 'Brand New Strings.' It is lyrically and instrumentally one of the best albums I've heard in a while. Ricky has become a legend in his own right and seems to just get better and better every year.

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