Soldier of the Cross

Soldier of the Cross

by Ricky SkaggsRicky Skaggs


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When bluegrass's prodigal son turns to the rich vein of southern gospel material, the result is a bristling, heartfelt declaration of his faith, complete with expert picking and high lonesome harmonies. Skaggs is well aware that stringband music and southern gospel have always been brothers under the skin. This collection of sacred songs follows in the footsteps of musical forefathers from community church song leaders to bossmen Bill Monroe and Roy Acuff. After an opening blast from a ram's horn (evoking the struggles of the 16th-century Knights of Malta to whom the album is dedicated), Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder roll into the Rowan Brothers' "Soldier of the Cross." The slow-burn acoustic groove and call-and-response vocals highlight the message of Christians' struggle in a secular world. Skaggs then travels through old favorites from Monroe ("A Voice from on High'), Flatt and Scruggs ("Gone Home"), and the Stanley Brothers ("Jacob's Vision"), as well as several new classics. SOLDIER OF THE CROSS is a beautiful album that testifies not only to the Christian life but to the continuing vibrancy of the southern gospel tradition. Karl Hagstrom Miller

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Skaggs Family
UPC: 0669890500122
catalogNumber: 905001
Rank: 45949

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Primary Artist,Guitar,Mandolin,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,shofar,Archguitar
Jerry Douglas   Slide Guitar
Ralph Stanley   Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Lisa Bevill   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle,Bass (Vocal)
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Marty McCall   Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jim Mills   Banjo,Guitar,Baritone (Vocal)
George Shuffler   Bass (Vocal)
Geoff Thurman   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Darrin Vincent   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony
Mark Fain   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Brewster   Tenor (Vocal),Vocal Harmony,High Tenor Vocal
Bryan Sutton   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Clay Hess   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Billy Graham   Spoken Word
Jerry Douglas-Wiessenborn   Slide Guitar
Bonnie King   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ricky Skaggs   Producer,Audio Production
Brent King   Engineer
Alan Shulman   Engineer
Stan Strickland   Art Direction
Crystal Dunn   Art Direction

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