That’s Just The Way it Is! Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby Make Beautiful, Unexpected Bluegrass Togetherwgeller at Our Country5 mths ago
A piano in a bluegrass band. A pop hit from the '80s translated on the fiddle and banjo. Bruce Hornsby and Ricky Skaggs. All of these are pairings that aren't intuitive, but that actually work together quite delightfully.
For music fans who are particularly surprised by the last pair, it shouldn't come as much of a shock to those who have been paying attention. Hornsby and Skaggs have been friends since the late '90s, and actually have put out two records together: 2007's Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby , and the recently released Cluck Ol' Hen , a live album pairing the two with Skaggs's band Kentucky Thunder. The latter includes a grassed-up version of what is probably Hornsby's biggest hit, 1986's enduring piano-jam "The Way It Is." The new take on the tune is sure to put a smile on just about anyone's face, but it shouldn't be too shocking that this song melded so easily into an unexpected format.