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Salt of the Earth

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  1. Salt of the Earth
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Review

Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2007, so it's a wonder it took that long for them, along with Sharon's sister Cheryl White, and Buck White, the sisters' dad, to record a full album together. On their own, the Whites have proven a consistently strong outfit, flitting easily between bluegrass, mainstream country, and mostly gospel, and it's within that last genre that the 13 songs of Salt of the Earth reside. Skaggs, meanwhile, has proven for decades a master not only of anything remotely country, but virtually everything he's tried his hand at -- his recent collaboration with keyboardist Bruce Hornsby even found the two of them reconstructing Rick James' funk anthem "Super Freak"! Salt of the Earth is not about experimentation though, it's about tradition. These are all simple tales of faith and conviction, using the basic acoustic instrumentation of guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass. Nothing electric, nothing noisy, just wood and strings. But not surprisingly it's the vocal harmonies that dominate the proceedings throughout. Lead vocals are taken by each of the four, and the tight harmonies that have brightened all of the Whites' previous efforts are in ample supply here. While it's true that Skaggs and the Whites add nothing new to standards like "This Old House," "Wings of a Dove," and "Let it Shine," they don't really need to: they just give these chestnuts everything they've got, and that's plenty. ~ Jeff Tamarkin
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Love Will Be Enough Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 4:35
  3. 1 Coyotes Garrett Thornton 2:32
  4. 2 Homesick for Heaven Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:35
  5. 2 Them Devils Garrett Thornton 3:27
  6. 3 Big Wheel Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 2:44
  7. 3 Hellhounds Garrett Thornton 4:19
  8. 4 Salt of the Earth Garrett Thornton 3:7
  9. 5 Wreck on the Highway Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:30
  10. 5 Can't Trust Your Heart Garrett Thornton 4:19
  11. 6 Farther Along Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 4:12
  12. 6 Lucy & Anabelle Garrett Thornton 2:15
  13. 7 Let It Shine Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:40
  14. 7 Wicked Soul Garrett Thornton 2:55
  15. 8 Near the Cross Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:57
  16. 8 Where the Spirit Meets the Bone Garrett Thornton 4:51
  17. 9 One Seed of Love Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:22
  18. 9 Pretty Eyed Blues Garrett Thornton 2:42
  19. 10 This Old House Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 2:43
  20. 10 This Earth Still Bleeds Blood Garrett Thornton 3:29
  21. 11 Wings of a Dove Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:52
  22. 12 Blessed Assurance Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:25
  23. 13 The Solid Rock Ricky Skaggs & the Whites 3:7

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