Soldier of the Cross

Soldier of the Cross
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Soldier of the Cross

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Ricky Skaggs continues to embody the very spirit of the late Bill Monroe on his latest release, a 14-song collection of gospel favorites, delivered with all the bluegrass precision you have come to expect from the multi-talented Skaggs. From the sounding of a ram's horn at the album's outset, perhaps as a spiritual call to arms, the CD delivers a moving set of tunes, beginning with the title track, "Soldier of the Cross," a Lorin Rowan composition, and moving into Bill Monroe's own "A Voice From on High." Ralph Stanley's "The Darkest Hour" is a special treat, and marks the second time Skaggs has recorded this particular tune. He played and sang backup for Emmylou Harris' version of the song in 1978, but his version shines brightly in and of itself. One of the true classics here is "Gone Home," the old Bill Carlisle tune made famous in the 1950s by Flatt & Scruggs. Anyone who grew up in the South is bound to have heard at least half a dozen versions of this one, but none more pristine that the version included here. Also outstanding is the somber "Seven Hillsides," an absolutely powerful lyric that tells the story of a life from a preacher's perspective, and "Are You Afraid to Die," which includes an actual audio clip from one of Billy Graham's crusades. Closing out the CD is an a cappella rendition of the traditional "Lead Me to the Rock." Skaggs' soaring tenor voice sends chills up the spine with this faith-inspired vocal, and it is the perfect end-cap for an outstanding bluegrass album, as well as an inspirational gospel recording, all rolled into one. ~ Michael B. Smith, All Music Guide

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Artist: Ricky Skaggs
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.22
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 5.0 x 5.6
UPC: 0066989050012
1. Battle Cry (Ram's Horn)
2. Soldier of the Cross
3. Voice from on High
4. Darkest Hour
5. Gone Home
6. Joshua Generation
7. Waiting at the Gate
8. Seven Hillsides
9. Are You Afraid to Die?
10. Remember the Cross
11. Were You There?
12. Jacob's Vision
13. I'm Ready to Go
14. Lead Me to the Rock

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Ricky has and will alway be known as soon as he opens his mouth. He has his own style and I love it. His songs are so heartfelt. I just adore them. I remember him years and years back and he had talent then, it has only gotten better with age. This is a great CD. If you love bluegrass with gospel mix this is the one you want.

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