Picks and Pans Review: Country Boy

updated 11/26/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/26/1984 AT 01:00 AM EST

Ricky Skaggs

Skaggs still sounds lively, bright and uncomplicated. He's still unapologetic about reviving the clean sounds of bluegrass. His version of the old Arbie Gibson/ Curt Massey tune Baby, I'm in Love With You is an ideal example. And if the point needs any further driving home, bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe sits in on mandolin for an instrumental version of his own Wheel Hoss. This LP suffers from the absence of Albert Lee and Skaggs' wife and father-in-law, Sharon and Buck White. Lee's guitar solos and the Whites' warm, ringing harmonies made big contributions to Skaggs' two most recent albums. There are none of Skaggs' own songs on this LP. While it's nice to hear Larry Cordle's melancholy Two Highways and George Jones' Window Up Above, Skaggs' material is usually among the sharpest, most melodic in Nashville, and one can't help but miss it. (Epic)

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