Bill Isbell is one of Texas' best new emerging Americana singer-songwriters. This CD has received a wealth of excellent reviews and radio play! Recorded in Nashville, it features excellent performances by some of Nashville's top musicians, including Steve Brewster (Faith Hill), Jenee Keener (Terri Clark), Russ Pahl (Rascall Flatts), and legendary Nashville guitarist Jerry Kimbrough. The Title Cut "The Good Woman Waltz" went to #1 as the best Original Country Song in the Texas Top 40 in July 2006 AND was picked by TAXI (the world's biggest & most respected independent A&R company) as one of their Top 10 favorite songs for the month of July 2008.
This album starts with the excellently produced Serenity; a new folk track which pushes the genre forward while it ponders the search for inner peace. NSAI reviewers picked the next track Mama Said as a potential hit country song on their first listen; the song truly captures the emotion of a child whose father abandons he and his mother. Great keyboard & fiddle work. The next song Train Song is a great rockin' uptempo audience favorite. Don't miss the incredible solo section featuring a truly classic Charlie Daniels' style fiddle v. lead guitar battle that will make you want to boogie all over your living room! Great song to listen to & get you in the mood for a great night out while driving to your favorite local country dive.
The next track, Watch Over Me, has turned out to be the audiences pick for their favorite track and has received a lot of radio airplay, including being selected by Moozikoo.com, Nashville's premier indie internet radio station as being among the best of today's music. Very Bob Dylan-esque in it's presentation & style with some great changes and lyrics that paint an inspired picture of fear and solace. With a timeless hook, "Lord, please watch over me," you'll be singing this one every time you drive home after a show. The Title Cut - The Good Woman Waltz - is a hilarious country waltz about a woman who leaves her man while stealing his dog, having an affair with a bartender, shooting up his house, and even having an affair with another woman ... and his desire for revenge: "I hope she gets hit by a train!" Absolutely hysterical, particularly in the spoken storybook ending, this song was a Top 10 pick by TAXI in July 2008 and went #1 in Texas in July 2006.
I Want to Know is a killer uptempo country dance tune about our favorite subject - sex, romance & love - asking the timeless question - I Want to Know if you'll love me tonight? Amazing steel guitar work on this track. When It All Comes Down asks young listeners (and perhaps the older ones too) what will you be when you grow up - great mix with an old radio sound. The next track Home is a particularly poignant and very well written story song about a soldier who goes off to war and his promise to his mother to return ... which he does eventually ... in a body bag. "Mama, now don't you worry and don't you cry, 'cause I'm comin' home." This song was picked by Gold Star Siblings for promotion on their official website for families of fallen soldiers and is also a favorite pick by Moozikoo internet radio as one of the best songs among today's country/folk emerging artist scene. This River Is My Friend is a down-home Southern gospel song with a killer backbeat. Great drumming by Steve Brewster who played a Fed-Ex box on top of his snare (true story) to capture the unique drum sound - great vocal & background vocals really nail the feel of this slap your knee masterpiece. The album closes with This House of Love, a beautiful tale of a family's love through all of life's toils and turmoil with a very Bob Dylan & Woody Guthrie type feel & the classic refrain: "Love is still the answer, Love is all you need."
***Unlike most of today's albums, this timeless work is a truly excellent ride from start to finish. It's a CD you will likely listen to over & over again."***
Check out this review:
"Bill Isbell's 2005 release “THE GOOD WOMAN WALTZ” is an Americana project of cross-genre tunes that represent an artistic but somewhat softer side of Isbell’s music. Nashville pickers, slick production, good songwriting, and excellent performances make this arguably Isbell’s best work to date. The poignant “Home” is a great example of Isbell’s writing, as he takes a timeless yet current topic and provides a new slant. From acoustic country-fied tunes to rock-laden cuts, this is a gem of a disc. There’s even a down home gospel tune, “This River Is My Friend.” Excellent imagery and quality performance, this is a great project." My Texas Music