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Soldier of the Cross

Album: Soldier of the Cross
# Song Title   Time
1)    Battle Cry (Ram's Horn)
2)    Soldier of the Cross
3)    Voice from on High, A
4)    Darkest Hour, The
5)    Gone Home
6)    Joshua Generation, The
7)    Waiting at the Gate
8)    Seven Hillsides
9)    Are You Afraid to Die?
10)    Remember the Cross
11)    Were You There?
12)    Jacob's Vision
13)    I'm Ready to Go
14)    Lead Me to the Rock
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Ricky Skaggs (vocals, guitar, mandolin, shofar); Paul Brewster, Darrin Vincent (vocals); Billy Graham (spoken vocals); Bryan Sutton (guitar, high-string guitar); Jim Mills (guitar, banjo); Clay Hess (guitar); Jerry Douglas (Wiessenborn slide guitar); Bobby Hicks (fiddle, background vocals); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Mark Fain (bass); Kenny Malone (percussion); Ralph Stanley, George Shuffler, Geoff Thurman, Bonnie King, Marty McCall, Lisa Bevil (background vocals).
  • Includes liner notes by Ricky Skaggs.
  • SOLDIER OF THE CROSS won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
  • Personnel: Ricky Skaggs (vocals, guitar, arch guitar, mandolin, shofar, background vocals); Ricky Skaggs; Lisa Bevill, Marty McCall (vocals, background vocals); Geoff Thurman (vocals); Billy Graham (spoken vocals); Clay Hess (guitar); Jerry Douglas-Wiessenborn, Jerry Douglas (slide guitar); Mark Fain (bass guitar); Bonnie King (background vocals); Darrin Vincent (tenor, baritone); Paul Brewster, Ralph Stanley (tenor); Jim Mills (baritone, guitar, banjo); Bobby Hicks (bass voice, fiddle); George Shuffler (bass voice); Bryan Sutton (guitar); Stuart Duncan (fiddle); Kenny Malone (percussion).
  • Audio Mixers: Alan Shulman; Brent King.
  • Recording information: M.C.A. Recording Studios; MCA Recording Studios; Quad Studios, Nashville, TN; Skaggs Place; Skaggs Place Studios.
  • Photographer: John Montgomery.
  • Ricky Skaggs continues to embody the very spirit of the late Bill Monroe on his latest release, a 14-song collection of gospel favorites, delivered with all the bluegrass precision you have come to expect from the multi-talented Skaggs. From the sounding of a ram's horn at the album's outset, perhaps as a spiritual call to arms, the CD delivers a moving set of tunes, beginning with the title track, "Soldier of the Cross," a Lorin Rowan composition, and moving into Bill Monroe's own "A Voice From on High." Ralph Stanley's "The Darkest Hour" is a special treat, and marks the second time Skaggs has recorded this particular tune. He played and sang backup for Emmylou Harris' version of the song in 1978, but his version shines brightly in and of itself. One of the true classics here is "Gone Home," the old Bill Carlisle tune made famous in the 1950s by Flatt & Scruggs. Anyone who grew up in the South is bound to have heard at least half a dozen versions of this one, but none more pristine that the version included here. Also outstanding is the somber "Seven Hillsides," an absolutely powerful lyric that tells the story of a life from a preacher's perspective, and "Are You Afraid to Die," which includes an actual audio clip from one of Billy Graham's crusades. Closing out the CD is an a cappella rendition of the traditional "Lead Me to the Rock." Skaggs' soaring tenor voice sends chills up the spine with this faith-inspired vocal, and it is the perfect end-cap for an outstanding bluegrass album, as well as an inspirational gospel recording, all rolled into one. ~ Michael B. Smith
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (4-5/00, p.81) - "...From the opening notes of the ancient ram's horn shofar to the joyous affirmation of the final track, 'Lead Me to the Rock'...Skaggs explores the bluegrass tradition of expressions of faith."
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