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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Journeyman musician Tim Hensley has served extended stints with Ricky — Skaggs, Patty Loveless and Kenny Chesney soaking up each individual artist s — essence on his way to making LONG MONDAY, a debut album that merges — vint... more »
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Journeyman musician Tim Hensley has served extended stints with Ricky
Skaggs, Patty Loveless and Kenny Chesney soaking up each individual artist s
essence on his way to making LONG MONDAY, a debut album that merges
vintage bluegrass with classic American songwriters and acoustic songs of
life. With guest appearances from Vince Gill, Sonya Isaacs and Loveless and
songs from John Prine, Rodney Crowell, Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle,
John Scott Sherrill, Tim Stafford and Ronnie Bowman, and Hensley himself,
this is a first record that sums up a lifetime of living inside the music.
Since learning to sing in a Pentecostal family, then becoming part of the
Altar Way Singers, the Cincinnati-born and raised tenor harmony singer has
slowly moved through a odyssey of bluegrass, country covers, Skaggs
bluegrass/country hybrid and Loveless Appalachian soul. His stint at the
auxiliary acoustic/electric rhythm guitarist and tenor singer with Kenny Chesney has
put him in front of over a million people every year for the last six summers and it s
Tim s love of bluegrass that inspired the multiple CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year
to co-produce Hensley s record with creative cohort and ACM Song of the Year writer
Tim gets up there every night and rocks with us, Chesney says, but its after the
shows, walking back to the bus that you can hear his voice in the halls, singing what
he truly loves. You hear enough of someone singing something that really matters to
them, well, you wanna help them realize their music, too. That s how it felt with Tim and
the bluegrass stuff... It was letting the world get to hear something we ve been lucky
enough to get to hear almost every night for the last five or six years.
With an aggressive media campaign being lined up, a spring tour with Chesney and
endorsements from some of the brightest names in Americana, bluegrass and country,
Tim Hensley s debut is one of the most anticipated around the tastemaker rooms and in
the know music lovers collections in a long time. It is Hensley s willingness to be who
he is, to not follow trends but to work from the heart that drove LONG MONDAY and
it is that which the fans of the artists he s played with have always gravitated towards.
Blending the various genres he has passed through Southern gospel, bluegrass,
singer / songwriter, mountain soul and straight-up the middle country, LONG MONDAY
is a survey course in much of what s great about organic American music. A lot of
heart, hope, harmony and playing from a man who s given his music to so many and is
now finally getting to sing his own songs.
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An album that shines on the grass
Peter W. Lindstrom | Riverside, CA | 07/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tim Hensley started out doing extended tenures with Ricky Skaggs, Patty Loveless, and Kenny Chesney. But for the first time ever, he gets to bring his own music to us, the fans, in his first album "Long Monday".
Whether it's the serious sentiment of "Ridin' out the Storm" or the playful moralizing in "Fox Run the Henhouse", there's a song in the album for everyone to relate to. Tim Hensley's singing on this album brings a refreshing sound so good that you want to listen to the album again and again. This first album is one big hit. It's one that will always shine on the grass.
+1/2 -- Easy-going, yet moving bluegrass and Americana
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 03/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tim Hensley's the sort of sideman whose move into the spotlight doesn't so much mark him as an unrecognized superstar as it does a man of musical depth. His seven years with Kenny Chesney have taken him into arenas, but it's the after-show bluegrass and mountain music picking sessions that are nearer his musical heart, and show off what he learned from Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless. His singing voice may not be as singular as those he's backed, but it's packed with emotion, knowledge and deep reverence for hill sounds and songs, whether old favorites or more recently penned tunes.
The album's lead single covers Rodney Crowell's devastating "Ridin' Out the Storm." This true story leaves the writer rethinking his preconceptions as a homeless man rebukes an offer of help with a stand upon his strained dignity. Hensley selects thoughtfully from the catalogs of several other modern Americana and bluegrass songwriters, including the warm longing of John Prine and Keith Syke's "Long Monday", the forsaken love of Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle's "Lonesome Dove," the defensive personal revival of Ronnie Bowman and Tim Stafford's "Hard Rains Lately," and three songs from John Scott Sherrill that include the fiddle, banjo and mandolin told-you-so "Fox Run the Henhouse," the lonesome blue "Dear Departed," and the vanquished roots of "Five Generations of Rock County Wilsons."
Hensley adds one original in the faith-based, "What a Sight to Behold," and three bluegrass/gospel staples, "Two Coats," "Shady Grove," and "Working on a Building." The latter reappears for an unlisted a cappella coda at the end of the CD. The lack of commercial goals for this album allowed Hensley to avoid both Nashville's commercialism and bluegrass' often suffocating adherence to Tradition. All eleven tracks display a familiarity with music and an ease with music-making that transcends the artifice of a recording studio. In the same way that top-notch dancers seem to float through their steps, Hensley and his mates perform these songs as though they were extemporaneous, innate extensions of their experiences. 4-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2008 hyperbolium dot com]"