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Down Home

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2008 and 2009's International Bluegrass Music Association's Guitar Player of the Year's first release since 2004's Lonesome Highway. Down Home features a stellar lineup of musicians including Tony Rice, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, Aaron McDaris, Kenny Ingram, Randy Kohrs, Stuart Duncan, and Greg Cahill among others. After several years of performing with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Williams is now touring with his own group, The Josh Williams Band. Down Home is a blend of bluegrass and classic country sound.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 23, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • ASIN: B0031Y4A4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,105 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Dennis Ellerbee on February 23, 2010
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For all of you bluegrass traditionalist, you probably will not like parts of this CD. Josh mixes bluegrass and country and adds drums and steel guitar to the mix. And boy did it mix well. This is one great CD. Worth the money if you like good music. You can hear the influence of Tony Rice, Randy Kohrs, and probably Sam Bush in this CD. The guitar work and vocals are superb. Just what you expect from Josh Williams. The musicians on this CD are some of the best around including Tony Rice, Randy Kohrs, and steel guitar super picker Doug Jernigen. Some of the highlights of the CD are the Buck Owens song Bakersfield, and Stealing Away. Some hot picking going on. There is not a bad song here.
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Josh Williams' voice is one you can recognize right away. The rich tone gives it a "once heard not forgotten" quality. Combine that with the fact that he's a terrific picker and it makes a quite nice collection of songs. There is a nice mix of tunes here. Kodak 1955 is probably my favorite due to the lyrics related to the memories in old photos. "We'll Burn That Bridge" is an excellent bluegrass tune getting a lot of play on satellite radio lately. The bluegrass take on "Streets of Bakersfield" makes it a real toe tapper. Josh Williams is one talented young man. I'm looking forward to future CDs.
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Josh Williams is a former guitarist for the Rage, Rhonda Vincents group. I just reviewed another CD recently for another former Rager, Audie Blaylock. She must produce good musicians, because they are both very good CDs. The title Down Home is a good description of the CD. It is very down homey with sweet bluegrass instruments and songs about family and life.

Josh is a very good guitarist and plays almost all guitar here, both rhythm and lead. His leads really are very good and melodic, His mentor Tony Rice plays on one song "Blue Railroad Train". Josh does not write any of the songs , but he uses first class material, mostly great story songs . The Title track is a beautiful ballad. The music is so sweet backing up his vocals.

Some of the musicians that Williams uses are Mickey Harris on Bass, Randy Kohrs on Dobro, Jason Carter and others on fiddle.
Rhonda Vincent sings backup on a couple of songs. Aaron Mcdaris plays banjo, Stuart Duncan does some of the fiddle. Tony Creasman does percussion. These songs plain move or they will move you, like a good bluegrass ballad. Some of the songs have a pedal steel on them. Josh has a very good voice and knows how to take hold of a song. "Streets Of Bakersfield" is an upbeat bluegrass song that the musicians really take it up a notch. "Dream Of Me" is a ballad that has some good hooks and a really nice chorus with great harmonies.

"We'll Burn That Bridge" is an upbeat song with more good singing and playing. I am really surprised at the good collection of songs that Williams has found for this project. And his musicians are really good, he uses 2 or 3 banjo players, so you get some great banjo, but some different styles too. "Blue Water' is another killer ballad, that really makes you listen.
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As I first began to spin this solo album from Josh Williams, I must admit that I wasn't quite expecting his rendition of "Lonesome Feeling" to incorporate a pulsing, metrical drum track. It's nothing personal against Tony Creasman's musicianship or his percussion that doesn't appear again until the last five album tracks. I just feel that Josh's guitar and mandolin are more than adequate to rhythmically carry the music on this album, especially those from the bluegrass tree. However, we also find that Josh Williams has his feet planted in multiple genres and has an innate ability to convey many moods with his music. The liner notes compare Josh Williams' spark and verve to that of a young Dwight Yoakam or Randy Travis. Further, his repertoire draws from the songs of Jimmy Martin, Tom T. Hall, Carl Jackson, Vern Gosdin, Flatt & Scruggs, Special Consensus, Buck Owens, Tommy Jackson, and The Delmore Brothers. The more you listen to "Down Home," the more you'll appreciate the sturdy and self-assured presentation of this young man with his thrilling virtuosity, versatility and emotional impact.

The multiple IBMA and SPBGMA award winner may be best known as an instrumentalist, the former guitarist in Rhonda Vincent's band. But Josh can also deliver understated, thoughtful, delicate vocals. With its mellow percussion and pedal steel guitar, "Down Home" (the title cut written by Carl Jackson) is a wistful ballad and perhaps the best example of Josh's stylistic delivery of expressive, enticing country vocals. "Kodak 1955" has a carefully cultivated nostalgic theme. Master songcrafters Tom T. and Dixie Hall always know how to turn a phrase and find a catchy hook as they do with "We'll Burn That Bridge" ... when we get to it.
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A really fine work by an outstanding Bluegrass great, Josh Williams. Not only does Josh pick the heck out of his flat top, he has an incredible singing voice. He weaves pure magic in and around the notes he sings. Blue Water and Blue Railroad Train are fine examples of his vocal ability. BTW, he plays a mighty fine mandolin, too. I've had the pleasure of meeting Josh, nice guy, a real gentleman's gentleman. Buy this today!!
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