HEARTS LIKE OURS
Skaggs Family records ★★★★★
A brand new and long overdue release of duets from one of country music’s iconic marriages!
How to celebrate 33 years of happy marriage? How about recording an album with your lovely wife! Nice one Ricky! but with famous hindsight it does seem strange that they didn’t do this years ago, especially when in 1987 they won a Country Music Association Vocal Duo Of The Year award for the very catchy Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This, here re-recorded as track two of this fine new release.
For most of the other 12 tracks, they have sought out mainly new material,
expressing their personal feelings for each other, but also reflecting the deep Christian faith they both have. Another country music husband and wife duo, Connie Smith and the multi talented Marty Stuart contribute to the opener Run To You, and a really touching song of love Hearts Like Ours. Another Christian country friend, Barbara Fairchild is responsible for the very thoughtful ItTakesThree. In fact apart from the aforementioned award winner, the only other older song is If I Needed You, a gem from the late Townes Van Zandt, which the sleeve notes tell us they sang to each other attheirwedding in 1981.
This is a musical delight from start to finish, with the backings being tasteful modern country, with plenty of steel guitar and fiddle, but with the emphasis being on nothing allowed to impede on the meaningful songs, so superbly sung. Really recommended to country fans, but even if country was not your usual cup of tea, give this a listen as I thinkanybody who likes good music would enjoy such a top quality release. David Brassington