Ricky Skaggs – “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown”

The Sleeve:
105_5244 105_5245

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
 Along time ago, I was given a box of records in that box of records was a whole bunch of Ricky Skaggs albums, and for awhile I just used to sit there and shout “Ricky Skaggs” – until today, today is the day I play one. (I also wanted to keep up with the long haired moustache’d men trend I have going.)
 So, the album opens with the title track, “Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown” – and well, Ricky is a good singer, and the song is kind of well, stupid – not vocally or music-wise, both of those are good, but what the hell kind of message does this song send people? It’s cool to cheat, as long as it’s not in the town you and your partner are born in. Come on Ricky. The song is good though. “Honey (Open That Door)” comes up next, and it’s a pretty good song, Ricky has more of that pop country sound to his country music, it’s not bad at all! Plus I dig Ricky’s mullet. Then comes “A Wound Time Can’t Erase” comes up next, and it’s a slower song, but it’s not overly bad. “A Vision of Mother” comes next, and I swear I heard this song on a Gospel album before, I know Ricky has done Gospel, but I’m not sure where I heard this song before, maybe YouTube? Then comes “Uncle Pen” and it’s lots of banjos and fiddles, and oh my God, this is what I’ve waited for my whole life, fiddles, banjos, fast vocals. My life is complete with this one song, right here.

 The B-Side opens with “I’m Head Over Heels in Love” and it’s a pretty solid way to open the B-Side, the song is pretty good and Ricky’s vocals are rather great. I love the piano playing too, just thought I’d throw that in there. “Don’t Step Over An Old Love” and I guess it is true what they say, a lot of classic country is about heartbreak – but those backing female vocals are amazing, and that is really all that matters, is the vocals, and musicianship – not the actual songs, wait, that doesn’t make sense. Then comes “She’s More to be Pitied” and it’s a pretty good song, not much to complain about here. Then comes “Keep A Memory” comes around, and it’s a pretty nice song, I am loving the banjo playing in this song once more. We need more banjos in this world! “Children Go” comes next, and well, it’s more of a vocal track as opposed to having instruments, it’s kind of a let down to close the album with, but all in all, Ricky is pretty good and the album wasn’t a bad album for my first Ricky Skaggs album.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Don’t Cheat In Our Hometown
A2 – Honey (Open that Door)
A3 – A Wound Time Can’t Erase
A4 – A Vision of Mother
A5 – Uncle Pen

B1 – I’m Head Over Heels in Love
B2 – Don’t Step Over An Old Love
B3 – She’s More To Be Pitied
B4 – Keep A Memory
B5 – Children Go

Label:
Sugar Hill Records / Epic Records

Catalog Number:
FE 38954

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Produced by Ricky Skaggs
Mixed by Marshall Morgan On the JVC Digital System
Mastered by Glenn Meadows At Masterfonics, Nashville, Tennessee
Management – Chip Peay Enterprises
Photography – Jim McGuire

Other Albums I Own by Ricky Skaggs:
Favorite Country Songs
Live in London
Love’s Gonna Get Ya
Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine

Released:
1983

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