Ricky Skaggs performs “Country Boy” TNN Music City Awards 1978.

It reached number # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and remained for 13 weeks in list, also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists. It was the ninth number one in Ricky's career.

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Country Boy:

Single cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1985 )
Single cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1985 )

Song written by Tony Colton, Albert Lee and Ray Smith, was recorded by Ricky Skaggs for the Epic label, in June 1984 in Nashville, TN. In the recording Ricky was accompanied by Albert Lee (guitar), Lou Reid (vocal & banjo), Bill Monroe (mandolin), Lloyd Green / Bruce Bouton / Buddy Emmons (steel), Joe Osborne / Jesse Chambers (bass), Eddie Bayers / George Grantham (drums), Bobby Hicks (fiddle), Dennis Burnside / Gary Smith / Buck White (piano), Crom Tidwell (kazoo) and
Molly Bright (bck vcl). With the production of Ricky Skaggs, the song was released in February 1985, on June 15, 1985, it reached number # 1 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and remained for 13 weeks in list, and on June 22, he also reached number # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks lists. It was the ninth number one in Ricky’s career.

Lp cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1984 )
Lp cover Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1984 )

The song was included in the seventh studio album by Ricky Skaggs, Country Boy (Epic 1984), the album was released in October 1984, The album was peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. The album was certified gold record, in the USA and Canada.

The first recording of this song was made, by the British rock and country rock band, Heads, Hands & Feet, in 1971. Ray Smith, Albert Lee and Tony Colton members of the band are the co-writers of the song.

The music video for “Country Boy” was recorded in New York City. In the video, a man named Uncle Pen played by Bill Monroe is visiting Ricky at his New York City office and is upset that Ricky has disposed of his country. (“Uncle Pen” is a song played by Bill Monroe). Ricky guides Uncle Pen through the streets, places of interest and subway of New York City and shows through songs and dances that he is still a “country boy”.

Versions:

Heads, Hands & Feet 1971 (Island)
Albert Lee 1979 (A & M Records)

Ricky Skaggs – Country Boy Lyrics

I may look like a city slicker,
Shinin’ up through his shoes.
Underneath I’m just a cotton picker,
Pickin’ out a mess of blues.

Show me where I start.
Find a horse and cart.
I’m just a country boy,
Country boy at heart.

I may look like a bank teller,
Pushing facts in a file.
But I’d rather be a haul collar,
Shooing foot home in style.

Show me where I start.
Find a horse and cart.
I’m just a country boy,
Country boy at heart.

I may look like a city slicker,
Shinin’ up through his shoes.
Underneath I’m just a cotton picker,
Pickin’ out a mess of blues.

Show me where I start.
Find a horse and cart.
I’m just a country boy,
Country boy at heart.

Single Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1985 )
Single Ricky Skaggs ( Epic 1985 )

Miquel Batlle
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