Rigsby recorded both of them—"Little Maggie" and "The Hills of Home"—for his new album, which features Stanley making a couple of vocal cameos. The album opens with a Rigsby original called "The Mountain Doctor," another homage to Dr. Ralph, but the other 13 songs are bluegrass standards, country classics, and traditional material that have prominently featured in Stanley's vast oeuvre. The album was made with an all-star crew that includes guest appearances from the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Sizemore, and Larry Sparks. The performances are hard-charging and dynamic, marked by nonchalant virtuosity, excellent vocal harmonies, and a drum-tight ensemble sound. Rigsby makes a rare area appearance on Saturday at Evanston Legion Hall as part of the invaluable Bluegrass Legends Series, performing with his sharp working band Midnight Call: guitarist Clyde Mitchell, banjoist Elmer Burchett, fiddler Matt Hooper, bassist Bobby Davis, and the leader on mandolin and fiddle. Below you can check out his version of "Little Maggie."
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