Monday, April 11, 2016

LowdenProud Records Ltd. artist: Tim Williams - So Low - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, So Low, from Tim Williams and it's a fine acoustic performance. Starting with the intro on Mose Allison's, If You Live, Tim Williams shows an excellent mastery and clarity in his acoustic playing style. With only shoe tapping as percussion, Williams delivers on vocals and runs the fretboard ragged. Very nice. On More Peppers In Your Chili, a rag style blues, Williams immediately has you tapping your own toes to his captivating style. His vocals are concise and bright. Big Bill Broonzy's My Big Money is one of my favorites on the release with a terrific mandolin articulation. Excellent! Anywhere C/O The Blues has a cool acoustic boogie drive with nicely presented slide icing. William's vocals are really solid and spot on. Blind Boy Fuller's Pistol Snapper has a rich, bluesy signature and clean acoustic runs over a rich thumb struck bass. The Witching Hour is a really cool track which nicely displays Williams' clean slide technique. With suspended Robert Johnson like drone notes, this is a really cool track. Traditional track, The Grizzly Bear, has a quick pace and a nice acoustic guitar jangle. Williams carries the track nicely on his own vocals, and his clean acoustic articulation makes the track a pure delight. Johnny Cash's Big River has a really rural country feel with only trace hints to Cash's origins. Excellent slide work on this track really sets it high on the release and the solid writing of Cash and delivery by Williams is a solid score. Midnight After Midnight, a contemporary written but old style blues track shows a pure understanding of authenticity. Williams' guitar work is clean and precise and his vocals real. Wrapping the release is Lightnin', a driving acoustic boogie with a little Hank Jr. twist. This is a really enjoyable release showing smart writing and track selection, solid vocals and clever but authentic guitar styling and performance. Very enjoyable!

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1 comment:

  1. Nice job Tim.......Great variation of an American classic!