Picks and Pans Review: Whole New World
Sharon White has a classic country-music voice, as pure and expressive in its way as Dolly Parton's or Loretta Lynn's. Sister Cheryl is no slouch herself as a lead singer, and she's all-star caliber as a harmonizer. Daddy Buck has the haunting twang of Hank Williams. Co-producer Ricky Skaggs (Sharon's husband) has the good sense just to let the folks sing and to surround them with a peerless group of bluegrass musicians, including Jerry Douglas on Dobro, Mark O'Connor on fiddle, Lloyd Green on steel guitar and himself on various instruments. (On the old spiritual Angel Band, Skaggs does some marvelous fiddling under the vocal.) The songs include the sprightly Whole New World by Rick and Janis Carnes and Chip Hardy, Holly Dunn's nostalgic Daddy's Hands and Hometown Gossip, a sly Gail Davies-Richard Allen tune. In short there does not seem to be anything wrong with this record, and a whole lot right with it. What more does anyone need to know? (MCA)
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