VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Big Mon-The Songs Of Bill Monroe'

VARIOUS ARTISTS 'Big Mon-The Songs Of Bill Monroe'

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Ricky Skaggs and his label have taken a solid concept and executed it with mixed results. Skaggs has enlisted 12 artists from the country music field and has joined them in versions of songs assiciated with Bill Monroe. Most of the time this works quite well and there are some fine moments here, although there are also enough distracting Nashville touches to keep the project from being thoroughly satisfying and consistent. Highlights include Dolly Parton doing CRY, CRY DARLIN', Travis Tritt's MY LITTLE GEORGIA ROSE, Patty Loveless' superb version of CLOSE BY, and a fine Joan Osborne/Ricky Skaggs duet of ON THE OLD KENTUCKY SHORE. Other successful cuts are WALK SOFTLY by the Dixie Chicks, HEAVY TRAFFIC AHEAD by Steve Wariner, the Whites' version of USED TO BE, Dwight Yoakam's ROCKY ROAD BLUES and BLUE NIGHT by Mary Chapin Carpenter, and a good treatment of the title instrumental by Skaggs & his band to close the album. Cuts that don't work for this listener are Charlie Daniels over emoted I AM A PILGRIM. John Fogarty's coarse version of BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY, and Bruce Hornsby's DARLIN' COREY. I like Hornsby's music, but this piece is totally out of place here and a dismal choice to start the album. As usual with Skaggs' projects, the sound quality is superb throughout. It is seldom that we comment on a record's jacket, but we will not be the first or last to say the the choice of cover art here is extremely tacky, ugly and thoroughly inappropriate. There's still enough fine work here to recommend this album

Track Listing:

  • DARLIN' COREY
  • CRY, CRY DARLIN'
  • HEAVY TRAFFIC AHEAD
  • CLOSE BY
  • BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY
  • USED TO BE
  • WALK SOFTLY
  • MY LITTLE GEORGIA ROSE
  • I AM A PILGRIM
  • ON THE OLD KENTUCKY SHORE
  • BLUE NIGHT
  • ROCKY ROAD BLUES
  • BIG MON