Picks and Pans Review: My Father's Son

UPDATED 09/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/16/1991 at 01:00 AM EDT

Ricky Skaggs

Skaggs is a fine country musician and singer, but he doesn't know how to have a mid-life crisis.

Here he is, 37, just at the age when he ought to be thinking about running off with Madonna. Instead he seems obsessed with long-term values and the emotional considerations of father-child relationships—this album includes "Father Knows Best" and "Give Us a Happy Home" (a d-i-v-o-r-c-e tune) as well as the title track.

Skaggs even adds a sweet marriage-touting duet with his wife, Sharon White, "Hold On Tight (Let It Go)." Under the circumstances, Ivy Bryant's normally raucous "Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line," on which Skaggs buddies up happily with Waylon Jennings, takes on a certain tone of domesticity.

Ah, well, the relationship counselor's loss is the country music fan's gain. This is a lively, artfully played and consistently pleasurable album, if nothing else confirming that you can make good country music without once staring a hole in the bottom of your shot glass. (Epic)

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