“Waiting For the Sun To Shine” is Ricky Skaggs’ debut album for Epic Records and was released in 1981, which helped bring him into the mainstream and give a big push to the new traditionalist movement in country music.
This is one of those important records that draws on the past and takes a big step forward. This is Ricky Skaggs’ first major “country” record. Before this, his solo material was almost exclusively bluegrass.
Being in Emmylou Harris‘ band was his stepping stone into electric country. On this album he continues the trend of drawing on older artists from the earlier years of country.
In 1980, when this album was released, popular country music was very slick and pop-oriented. Ricky went in the other direction and, for his song selection, he drew on older bluegrass and country performers like the Stanley Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs, Webb Pierce, Merle Travis, etc…
Original Issue. LP. Epic FE 37193. NM*****