Ricky Skaggs My Father's Son
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- Released: December 25, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
- 1.Life's Too Long (To Live Like This)
- 2.Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
- 3.Same Ol' Love
- 4.From The Word Love
- 5.You Don't Count The Cost
- 6.My Father's Son
- 7.Simple Life
- 8.Hold On Tight
- 9.You Can't Take It With You When You Go
- 10.Father Knows Best
- 11.Give Us A Happy Home
- 12.Somebody's Prayin'
Personnel: Ricky Skaggs (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, background vocals); Sharon White (vocals, background vocals); Waylon Jennings (vocals); Mac McAnally (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Keith Little, Keith Sewell (acoustic guitar); Steve Gibson , Brent Mason (electric guitar); Paul Franklin , Terry Crisp (steel guitar); Jerry Douglas (dobro); B‚la Fleck (banjo); Sam Bush (mandolin); Stuart Duncan, Bobby Hicks (fiddle); The Nashville String Machine, Pamela Sixfin (strings); Bobby G. Taylor (oboe); John Barlow Jarvis, John G. Elliot, Michael Rojas (piano); Steve Nathan (organ, keyboards); Barry Beckett (organ); Larrie Londin, Eddie Bayers, Keith Edwards (drums); Tom Roady (percussion); Lenny LeBlanc (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ed Seay; Al Schulman; Rob Feaster.
Recording information: Soundshop Studio "A"; Treasure Isle Recorders.
Photographer: Se¤or McGuire.
A concept album about families, My Father's Son is the Skaggs album that owes the least to bluegrass. Skaggs is concerned with the legacies fathers leave their sons, both the wisdom ("Father Knows Best") and the limitations ("My Father's Son"). He also sees materialism for the distracting, destructive force it is. His duet with Waylon Jennings on "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" fits neatly, though perhaps not the way the writer intended. And because Skaggs' background is bluegrass rather than honky-tonk, every father image is inextricably bound to God. ~ Brian Mansfield
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