By Alanna Nash
Updated November 17, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST

Back from the good as dead, Ricky Skaggs starts Solid Ground like a house afire, using Vince Gill and Alison Krauss on backup for a lively set that updates his bluegrassy sound with sitar and power guitar. Then he ruins it with sentimental moralizers: ”Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, and ”Can’t Control the Wind,” in which a dad teaches his son life’s important lessons. Except, maybe, to quit while he’s ahead.

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