Personnel: Ricky Skaggs (vocals, bass voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Sharon White-Skaggs (vocals, background vocals); Cheryl White, Cheryl Warren, Lea Jane Berinati (vocals); Lou Reid , Richard Dennison (tenor); Chet Atkins (guitar); Sonny Curtis (acoustic guitar); Ray Flacke (electric guitar); Lloyd Green, Bruce Bouton (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); Bobby Hicks (fiddle); Dennis Burnside (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Gary W. Smith , Buck White (piano); Rodney Price, Rod Price, Jerry Kroon, George Grantham (drums); Eddie Bayers (percussion); Lea Jane Singers (background vocals).
Recording information: Audio Media Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographers: Ron Keith; Leonard Kamsler.
Unknown Contributor Role: Marshall Morgan.
On numerous albums recorded during the height of Ricky Skaggs' domination of the country charts in the mid-'80s, he always recorded tunes written or influenced by the pioneers of country and bluegrass music. Favorite Country Songs is a ten-track compilation featuring many of those influential tunes, including two by the Stanley Brothers ("If That's the Way You Feel" and "I'll Take the Blame"), Bill Monroe's "Can't You Hear Me Calling," and "Your Old Love Letters," a hit in the early '60s for both Porter Wagoner and Jim Reeves. This is an interesting tribute to the music that greatly influenced Skaggs. ~ Al Campbell