Ricky Skaggs Introduces New Album

Ricky Skaggs packed the lobby of ASCAP’s Nashville headquarters Friday (Sept 17) to introduce his latest album, Brand New Strings. Backed by his whiz-bang band, Kentucky Thunder, Skaggs performed three songs from the new collection. Several songwriters who have songs on the album attended the party, including Guy Clark, Harley Allen, John Wiggins, Steve Leslie, David Williams and Don Rollins. Skaggs told the crowd that the Disney company had commissioned him to write some songs for a movie, but the movie never got made. “Appalachian Joy,” an instrumental, was one of the songs he wrote. “At least I got my song backs, and that saved me some recording costs,” he joked. He introduced “Spread a Little Love Around,” the first single from the album, by praising its writers, Allen and Wiggins. Skaggs concluded the set by reaffirming his affinity for the music of bluegrass titan Bill Monroe. “There are so many great nuggets in the Bill Monroe catalog,” he said, “not necessarily the songs he wrote but the ones he recorded.” With that, he and the band played one of Monroe’s lesser known cuts, Rusty and Doug Kershaw’s rollicking but doleful “Sally Jo.”