1997 Ricky Skaggs – Life Is A Journey

Rickie Lee “Ricky” Skaggs  (born July 18, 1954), is an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo.

Ricky Skaggs was born in Cordell, Kentucky. He started playing music at age 5 after he was given a mandolin by his father, Hobert. At age 6, he played mandolin and sang on stage with Bill Monroe. At age 7, he appeared on television’s Martha White country music variety show, playing with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. He also wanted to audition for the Grand Ole Opry at that time, but was told he was too young.

In his mid-teens, Skaggs met a fellow teen guitarist, Keith Whitley, and the two started playing together with Whitley’s banjoist brother Dwight on radio shows. By 1970, they had earned a spot opening for Ralph Stanley and Skaggs and Keith Whitley were thereafter invited to join Stanley’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Skaggs later joined The Country Gentlemen in Washington, DC, J. D. Crowe’s New South. In 1976, Skaggs formed progressive bluegrass band Boone Creek, including members Vince Gill and Jerry Douglas. For a few years, Skaggs was a member of Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band. He wrote the arrangements for Harris’s 1980 bluegrass-roots album, Roses in the Snow. In addition to arranging for Harris, Skaggs sang harmony and played mandolin and fiddle in the Hot Band.

Tracks

1 Hillbilly Highway 3:51
2 Straight To You 2:56
3 Let’s Put Love Back To Work 3:29
4 Lonesome Dove 3:22
5 Time Is A Bandit 2:36
6 Ain’t Love A Good Thing 3:04
7 I Don’t Remember Forgetting 3:19
8 When Life Hits Hard 3:06
9 The Selfishness In Man 3:56
10 Voices Singing 3:13

1 Hillbilly Highway

Bass David Hungate
Bass (slap) Roy Huskey Jr
Drums Shannon Forrest
Guitar David Hungate
Steel Guitar Sonny Garrish
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Fiddle Stuart Duncan
Background Vocals Paul Brewster
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

2 Straight To You

Bass David Hungate
Bass (slap) Roy Huskey Jr
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar Sonny Garrish
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Banjo Brian Sutton
Mandolin Ricky Skaggs
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals Paul Brewster
Background Vocals Dennis Parker
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

3 Let’s Put Love Back To Work

Bass Mark Fain
Drums Bob Mummeri
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar Terry Crisp
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Watkins
Piano Gary Smith
Fiddle Bobby Hicks
Background Vocals Sharon White
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

4 Lonesome Dove

Bass David Hungate
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar Sonny Garrish
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Watkins
Mandolin Ricky Skaggs
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals Paul Brewster
Background Vocals Lee Ann Womack
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

5 Time Is A Bandit

Bass David Hungate
Bass (slap) Roy Huskey Jr
Drums Shannon Forrest
Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Dobro Jerry Douglas
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals Liana Manis
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

6 Ain’t Love A Good Thing

Bass Billy Linneman
Drums Shannon Forrest
Guitar Leon Rhodes
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar John Hughey
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Watkins
Mandolin Ricky Skaggs
Fiddle Stuart Duncan
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals John Wesley Ryles
Background Vocals Dennis Wilson
Background Vocals Liana Manis
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

7 I Don’t Remember Forgetting

Bass Mark Fain
Drums Bob Mummeri
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar John Hughey
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Bruce Watkins
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals Keith Sewell
Background Vocals Lee Ann Womack
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

8 When Life Hits Hard

Bass David Hungate
Bass Roy Huskey Jr
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Brent Mason
Steel Guitar Sonny Garrish
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals Paul Brewster
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

9 The Selfishness In Man

Bass Billy Linneman
Drums Shannon Forrest
Guitar Brent Mason
Guitar Leon Rhodes
Steel Guitar John Hughey
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Mandolin Stuart Duncan
Organ Harlan Rogers
Piano Gary Smith
Background Vocals John Wesley Ryles
Background Vocals Dennis Wilson
Background Vocals Liana Manis
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

10 Voices Singing

Bass Mark Fain
Acoustic Guitar Brian Sutton
Acoustic Guitar Ricky Skaggs
Organ Harlan Rogers
Percussion Paul Leim
Background Vocals Sharon White
Background Vocals Ron Block
Background Vocals Homer Forbes
Background Vocals Jay Forbes
Background Vocals Lisa Roberts
Background Vocals Lori Slate
Vocals Ricky Skaggs

 

Producer – Ricky Skaggs
Engineer – Alan Schulman
Engineer (Additional) – Steve Lowery
Engineer (Assistant) – Amy Hughes Frigo, Chris Stone, Kent Bruce
Management – RS Entertainment, Inc.
Mastered By – Denny Purcell
Mastered By (Additional) – Carlos Grier, Don Cobb, Jonathan Russell
Mixed By – Alan Schulman, Kent Bruce

Art Direction, Design – Nick Long, P. David Eleazar
Booking – Bobby Cudd, Monterey Artist
Photography By – Señor McGuire, Tony Baker

Record Company – Time Warner
Manufactured For – BMG Direct – D120080
Manufactured For – BMG Direct – D 120080
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Made By – WEA Manufacturing Inc.
Pressed By – WEA Mfg. Olyphant – Y2118
Recorded At – Woodland Studios
Recorded At – MCA Recording Studios
Recorded At – Sound Stage Studios
Mixed At – MCA Recording Studios
Mixed At – Woodland Studios
Mastered At – Georgetown Masters
Designed At – The Eleazar Group