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Skaggs meshes grass, country; Dirt Drifters debut

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 – Ricky Skaggs crosses the bluegrass and country divide again with "Country Hits, Bluegrass Style." (Skaggs Family Records) Skaggs rerecords his old country songs and gives them a bluegrass twist. Among the songs are Heartbroke, Honey, You've Got a Lover, Cajun Moon, Crying My Heart Out Over You and Highway 40 Blues.

The Dirt Drifters went the digital route with their debut disc, "This is Blood." The band is lead singer/guitarist Matt Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Fleener, vocalist/guitarist Jeff Middleton, bassist Jeremy Little and drummer Nick Diamond. Their debut single, Something Better, was released in February.

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Music To My Ears CD review - Music To My Ears
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A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two CD review - A Skaggs Famly Christmas Volume Two
This second set of Skaggs Family Records Christmas songs primarily takes a traditionalist approach to celebrating the season. This is to be expected, as Ricky Skaggs' label has always remained committed to making and releasing music that might make Bill Monroe - Skaggs' onetime employer - proud. There is an even balance between new and old Christmas songs represented on this collection. There's the pretty new ballad What Songs Were Sung, which wonders out loud the tunes performed »»»
Country Hits, Bluegrass Style CD review - Country Hits,  Bluegrass Style
The musical journey of Ricky Skaggs has been a long one, from his younger days in Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys to chart-topping success in country music during the 1980's and back to the bluegrass world on his own family-run label. That relative autonomy has allowed Skaggs to explore various themes such as gospel music and now a return of sorts to his country material. The concept here is pretty simple, and it's spelled out in the album title; all of the songs here were »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: With Staples, Newport Folk Festival overcomes – The sun finally broke through, appropriately enough, on what had been an off-and-on rainy day at the third and final day of the Newport Folk Festival towards the end of long day with Mavis Staples headlining. And while there were a few dour-type performances (Conor Oberst most prominently), the joy and palpable energy exuded by Staples, the scion of... »»»
Concert Review: Variety rules day one of Newport Folk Festival – Nothing was particularly predictable at the opening day of Newport Folk Festival 2014, except a plethora of really good music that tended not to veer towards the stated title all that much. Of course, the festival has changed gears a lot in recent years with the idea of a pure folk singer a rare sighting throughout the lovely setting with the water... »»»
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