Force of Nature

Force of Nature

by Mountain HeartMountain Heart


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Doing their best to live up to their album's title, the six virtuosos who comprise Mountain Heart serve up a tour de force on their Ricky Skaggs–produced sophomore album: transcendent bluegrass pickin', engaging original songs (abetted by a pair of scintillating covers), and stirring vocalizing. Rambunctious ensemble give-and-take doesn't get more incendiary than that showcased on "#6 Barn Dance," fiddle maestro Jim Van Cleve's rousing instrumental, whereas the group hit the other end of the emotional spectrum on "Snapshots and Souvenirs," built of sepia-toned memories sketched by close, velvety harmonizing and framed by a beautiful blend of acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle. Union Station alum and mandolinist par excellence Adam Steffey delivers a muted, Dust Bowl–dry vocal on "Twister," as the fiddle and banjo step out of the pack for ominous solos. On an update of Flatt & Scruggs' "My Old Home," the players convey a wanderer's yearnings to return to the security of his roots, highlighted by a star turn from banjo man Barry Abernathy, who does a legend proud with his graceful picking. Closing out on an uplifting note, the six put their voices together in classic southern gospel style on a briskly rendered song of faith, "I Want to Live Beyond the Grave," leaving just enough space for Abernathy to step in with some heaven-sent banjo commentary. Traditionalists in spirit, progressives in sensibility, the fellows in Mountain Heart put it all together on Force of Nature.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890201029
catalogNumber: 902010
Rank: 140184


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mountain Heart   Primary Artist
Ricky Skaggs   Guitar,Drums,Claw Hammer Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Clay Jones   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jason Moore   Bass,Bass Guitar
Adam Steffey   Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jeff Taylor   Accordion,Penny Whistle,Vibes
Steve Gulley   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Barry Abernathy   Banjo,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle,Violin,Background Vocals,Baritone Violin,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Lester Flatt   Composer
Ricky Skaggs   Producer
David Lynn Jones   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer
Brent King   Engineer
John Randall   Composer
Darrell Scott   Composer
Larry Shell   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer
Tony Arata   Composer
Kim Williams   Composer
Jerry Salley   Composer
Steve Gulley   Composer
Wayne Winkle   Composer
Jim VanCleve   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bart Allmand   Composer

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