Rigsby honors Dr. Ralph
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – Bluegrass ace Don Rigsby does the tribute thing on "Doctor's Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley" (Rebel), which was released today. Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, Charlie Sizemore, James Alan Shelton of Stanley's band, and Dr. Ralph himself all play on the disc of 14 songs..
CD reviews for Don Rigsby
Far from being another hackneyed tribute album, "Doctor's Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley" is a robust, thoughtful compendium revealing the legendary mountain singer's influence over several generations of bluegrass singers.
The song selection is appealing as Don Rigsby presents a surprisingly diverse cross-section of songs. There is the sacred - Sinner Man, Traveling the Highway Home, and Walking Up This Hill on Decoration Day; the pitiful - The Water Lily and I Only ...
Don Rigsby has risen from relative obscurity to bluegrass prominence, working with Charlie Sizemore, J. D. Crowe & The New South and, most recently, the Lonesome River Band. For his first solo album, he offers a project giving as much attention to its all-gospel message and all-star guest cast as it does to Rigsby himself.
From the opening "Wings Of Angels" (featuring Crowe, his present guitarist Greg Luck, Del McCoury's fiddler Jason Carter and Alison Krauss's bassist Barry Bales), to the ...