Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Robin Williams & Linda|
Genres: Country, Folk, Special Interest, Pop, Christian, Gospel
Any musician who hunkers down with the collected works of Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and the Carter Family will soon realize that gospel hymns are as important to that music as homesick ballads and giddy love songs. The S... more »
Any musician who hunkers down with the collected works of Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and the Carter Family will soon realize that gospel hymns are as important to that music as homesick ballads and giddy love songs. The Shenandoah Valley's Robin and Linda Williams, who have straddled the boundary between country and folk music for more than 20 years, know their hillbilly history as well as anyone, and they have finally released their first all-gospel album, Good News. For their latest project, the team has drawn religious songs not only from the expected sources of bluegrass, country and African-American gospel but also from the unexpected source of singer-songwriter folkies. In this category are Steve Young's weary lament, "Many Rivers"; Townes Van Zandt's infectious clap-along number, "Two Hands," and two of the Williamses' own compositions. These troubadour songs bring a very personal, idiosyncratic sensibility to an old, staid tradition, and the Williamses' vocals apply the same quality to all 15 songs in this collection. The mostly acoustic arrangements (the singers' guitars backed by Dobro, mandolin, and bass) are restrained, but the vocals take lots of chances, stretching some syllables with a bluesy twist and yelping out others impatiently. When Robin sings, "He'll turn your stumbling block into a stepping stone," he does so with the agitated bounce of someone trying to upset the status quo rather than preserve it. And when Linda tackles Dorothy Love Coates' "He's Right on Time," she gives it a slight swing feel as if inviting the listener to get caught up in the spirit. --Geoffrey Himes
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A great mix of acoustic gospel music
R. Plemmons | Texas, United States | 05/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The previous review by the confused buyer notwithstanding, this is a great collection of songs. The selection of tunes is fairly eclectic (Carter Family, Dorothy Love Coates, and Townes Van Zandt to name a few) and both the vocal and instrumental performances are outstanding. A great aspect of this CD is that the tunes are not only uplifting, but great to sing along with. My kids love this CD, but don't let that make you think it's shallow or cutesy. It's not. There's just alot of great music here that happens to lend itself to family listening. Keep it up Robin and Linda (and your fine group)!"
A williams fan
R. Plemmons | 01/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great music CD. The songs are upbeat and well wriiten and, the harmony is out of this world! I have a CD of this selection in my car, in my home, and in my vaction house. I have given it for gifts, and been thanked many times over. I came to love this group from hearing it on A Prairie Home Companion. They are also part of the group put together on that radio show, called "The Hopefull Gospel Quartet"."