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Salt Of The Earth

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Ricky Skaggs and the Whites have collected more than enough trophies over their individual careers to fill up each of their mantels. They've worked with everyone from Emmylou Harris to Bruce Hornsby, yet they've never recorded an entire album together. Finally, after years of blending their voices from the living room to the stage, Ricky Skaggs and the Whites have teamed up on their first collaborative album, SALT OF THE EARTH - a gospel masterpiece that promises to be worth the wait.

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Given how long Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White have been married and how well established both Skaggs and the Whites are as recording artists, it's surprising that this is the first album-length collaboration between Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder and the vocal trio of his wife's family. The wait was worth it. Though Skaggs and White are plainly the spotlight draws here, the selection spreads lead vocals among her sister Cheryl and father Buck as well, while some of the highlights (such as the a cappella ending to the traditional "Blessed Assurance") blend the four in harmony. What's no surprise is that the musical bedrock is spiritual throughout, from classic fare such as "Farther Along" and "Wings of a Dove" to contemporary originals such as "Love Will Be Enough" and "Let It Shine" (where Sharon sounds particularly luminous). The musical backing is minimal throughout, but with voices like these and material this strong, you don't need much. --Don McLeese

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Skaggs Family Records
  • ASIN: B000UZ4FOC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By John A. Gregorio VINE VOICE on November 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ricky Skaggs and the Whites have recorded Gospel Music both separately and together over the years. Their performances at the Grand Ole Opry and in concerts, such as the Skaggs Family Christmas have always included Gospels Tunes. In all these endeavors they have maintain excellence in their singing and instrumental backing. Yet, what makes this cd, and their others as well, special is the music comes from their beliefs, and their sense of sharing the gospel. It is not just a tribute to "my Mothers beliefs" as I have found in some artist. The power of the music comes from within.
Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Many country artists record religious music because it is expected. These CDs are always technically excellent, the artists in good voice, the band on the mark with a good selection of hymns. Very few artists bring real conviction and honest beliefs to these recordings. Those few that have genuine religion always add additional value to the CD. Ricky Skaggs and The Whites bring outstanding talents, conviction and deeply held beliefs to this CD. This combination produces an emotional entertaining experience that few can duplicate. These people feel the words to the songs, understand what they mean and bring those feeling out.
This is the first album-length collaboration between Ricky Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder and the vocal trio of his wife's family. They say this "has been a long time coming" many of us say it is past due and needs to be done more than once. The combination of voices and styles complement, enhance and showcase the talents of each group. This produces an intriguing series of songs as groups alternate taking the lead. Just as we settle into an expected routine, they combine into a single group that you swear has worked together for years.
This is the Dove Award Bluegrass Album of the Year for very good reasons. Wreck on the Highway is one of the best versions of this standard ever done. The title song Salt of the Earth, celebrating lives of goodness and work, was a Dove nominee for Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year. Near the Cross, Blessed Assurance, This Old House and Solid Rock are outstanding tracks highlighting the unique talents of this special CD.
There are no false notes or manufactured emotions in this CD. We have great artists, expressing deeply held feelings and enjoying the fellowship. This great CD should be in every collection!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ProperGander News (Dr. Emil Shuffhausen) on May 15, 2008
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Some CDs contain great music; other CDs contain music so great that it transcends music and becomes something even more wonderful and meaningful. The recent Dove Award-winning "Salt of the Earth" by Ricky Skaggs & The Whites belongs in the latter category. Though the artists here represent the very best of bluegrass, Gospel, country, and folk music, this CD defies easy categorization - it is all of that and more.

Until now, Ricky Skaggs & The Whites have never made an album of music together. Given that Skaggs is married to Sharon White, it is surprising they waited this long, but it makes this highly-anticipated collaboration all the more fresh and rewarding. Along with Sharon's sister, Cheryl, and dad, Buck, the sound of these four voices together is spine-chillingly gorgeous, and there is a profound sense of joy permeating this project.

Perfectly self-produced, this CD is elegantly understated, keeping the crystalline vocals up-front and uncluttered. That said, the musicianship is first-rate and lively, as any fan of Skaggs or the Whites would expect.

The song selection is a pleasing blend of new songs and timeless classics. Excellent new songs such as "Love Will Be Enough," "Let It Shine," "One Seed of Love," and the title track sit well alongside long-time treasures such as "Blessed Assurance," "Farther Along," and "The Solid Rock." The mournful cautionary tale "I Didn't Hear Nobody Pray" is a vintage sad story-song that really puts the "blue" in bluegrass. "Big Wheel" definitely sets toes to tapping.

Overall, it's just impossible to find anything to complain about here. This music, like so much of what Ricky Skaggs and The Whites have created over the years, is refreshing and bracing like a spring-fed mountain stream. Call it a classic!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles T. on March 6, 2009
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RICKY DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIS HEARTFELT COLLABORATION WITH THE WHITES. WHAT ELSE CAN ONE SAY............HE JUST CONTINUES TO PRODUCE ONE MASTERPIECE AFTER ANOTHER.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brent on April 2, 2014
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I love Ricky Skaggs and The Whites voices and harmonies. I just wish they would have made this whole album with all gospel standards. My favorites are "Farther Along", "Wings of A Dove" and "Blessed Assurance" ....(this one gives me chills at the end when there is nothing but their acuppella voices.) Also "This Old House" is an old favorite they do well, but Stuart Hamblen will always own this one. If Ricky and The Whites had only done all gospel standards I would have liked it much better. The other tracks are just so-so to me.

P.S. Hey Ricky, you need to see about getting Rounder Records to re-release your "Family and Friends" album you did with The Whites. THAT record is a STELLAR piece of work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RON ORNDORFF on May 18, 2014
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I guess it is the marriage of Sharon White and Ricky Skaggs that brought about this CD. The songs are all about religious faith. Several songs are new to me; but then there are the oldies like "Wreck on the Highway" "Big Wheel" "This Old House" and "Wings of a Dove". This is Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy music after a trying day when you remember your blessings.
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