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Valla Turner Williamson

by The Gatorbone Band

Progressive bluegrass-influenced acoustic band of experienced players. Heartfelt tunes, beautiful arrangements and clean, tasty playing. Special guests include Aubrey Haynie and Scott Vestal. "A very talented, versatile band. Very good listening."
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Empty Room Valla Turner Williamson
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2. Coming Up Close Valla Turner Williamson
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3. Life's Been Hard Valla Turner Williamson
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4. Fisher's Creek Valla Turner Williamson
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5. Carolina, Carolina Valla Turner Williamson
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6. Sweetheart of the Pines Valla Turner Williamson
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7. Cumberland Road Valla Turner Williamson
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8. My Dearest Dear Valla Turner Williamson
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9. Murder Creek Valla Turner Williamson
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10. Sleepy Eyes Valla Turner Williamson
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11. Song for a Deckhand's Daughter Valla Turner Williamson
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Album Notes
"A very talented, versatile band" - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.

The Gatorbone Band, formerly known as Valla, Turner, Williamson and also VTW, is a musical family of friends. We've been playing together for many years to bring to light the music that moves us and hopefully our listeners. What we play is influenced by an amazing spectrum of musicians and styles from Dr. Ralph Stanley to Pat Metheny. From David Grisman to Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. We are drawn to tunes that are meaningful to us and bring a sense of belonging to the players and hopefully the listeners.

The original tunes of the band are a powerful addition to stage performances as well as our debut recording. We're pleased to let you know that our special guests include Aubrey Haynie on fiddle and Scott Vestal on banjo. Our next recording endeavor is in the works! Please visit us at these places to keep up with the latest....,, or .

The Gatorbone Band is Gabriel Valla on guitar, Kurt Johnston on pedal steel and piano, Lis Williamson on rhythm guitar and banjo, Lon Williamson on upright bass and occasionally we have Jason Thomas (of The Claire Lynch Band) or Suzanne Lansford, on fiddle. Gabe, Lis and Lon and Kurt provide some great vocals.

Gabriel Valla is a multi-talented performer with many laudable credits to his young career. He won the Merle Watson Festival Flatpicking Championship well over ten years ago and has only honed his already formidable skills since then, writing many great original tunes featured most recently on the recordings of Scott Anderson and Larry Rice as well as on the VTW release. He has a great voice which brings warmth to the stage whether singing a lead or adding a harmony.

Lis and Lon Williamson bring many original tunes to the band as well as provide the strong rhythmic groundwork. Lis plays rhythm guitar and frails the banjo and sings lead and harmony vocals. Lon's smooth style on the upright bass provides the grounding force, which drives the VTW sound. His honest voice tells it like it is on this debut VTW recording. Their harmonies are terrific.

Kurt Johnston, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the newest member of the group and brings an extraordinary instrumental prowess to the group on pedal steel and piano. He most recently toured with The Bon Jovi Band on dobro and pedal steel and we're proud to have him with us.

Whenever gigs, time and opportunity align, we are pleased to welcome fiddler and mandolinist, Jason Thomas, to join us. Originally from Ontario, Canada, his extraordinary fiddling has been a wonderful addition to the stage performances of the group. Jason tours full time with The Claire Lynch Band and also performs with Kane's River, a Montana-based bluegrass band. He's a busy guy!

An original founding member of the Valla, Turner, Williamson band, Greg Turner's contribution on mandolin to this debut recording is marvelous. Onstage it's a thrill to hear and watch his beautiful playing. Greg remains a veteran performer with an exacting and beautiful style on his instrument. and you can hear the influences of these ground-breaking players in his work... Sam Bush, David Grisman, Adam Steffey and Larry Rice to name a few.

We hope you enjoy this original debut recording of the band. Sign up for our mailing list on our Reverb Nation site and keep up to date with what's new. Peace Friends!


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Tim Stevens

Well done!
I was introduced to this music at the Florida Folk Festival where the cd was being used as filler music between bands at the main-stage. When the first guitar licks of "Empty Room" started up, I said to my friend, "Now that's got to be Gabe Valla." I knew as soon as the mandolin and fiddle joined the fray that I had to have that album. I all but ran up to the sound tent and asked the technician if I was indeed listening to Gabe Valla. To my surprise and delight he said I was listening to Valla, Turner, Williamson; conglomeration of three artists who I knew of separately, but was unaware were playing together. I knew I needed that cd. I've had a couple of weeks now and can't stop listening to it. The triumphant instrumentation, rich harmonies, and wonderful stories told by these songs make this cd a joy to listen to. Bravo.

Cheryl Watson

Valla Turner Williamson
I'm a musician who plays Americana/bluegrass music myself so it is no surprise that I would love this album with all its great songs and instrumentals, rich, melodic singing and playing not to mention how beautifully it is recorded, mixed and mastered. I know how hard it is to master an instrument and voice (also an instrument) to this high level of expertise and yet not loose the "feel" and emotion of the old-time roots.

With every play of this CD, I hear more subtle, intelligent, creative nuances in the harmonies, the phrasing, and the tones: pleasing, clear, fat tone on every instrument and voice.

But, my main point is perhaps more important and interesting: This is a "Not for bluegrass lovers only" kind of album. My mother absolutely hates bluegrass and she does not hesitate to state her strong, blatant opinion on any bluegrass genre music I toss her way. So I put this CD in her stereo, excited to share, but fully expecting to hear some adverse comments but song after song, she listened and never asked me to hit the stop or eject buttons. She actually listened to it ALL THE WAY THROUGH and said something positive, "This band is better than any of the famous bluegrass bands I have heard. They are so smooth and talented and I can hear the melody!"

True, some traditional bluegrass music is often accused of using a lot of the same standard licks and of being too fast for the sake of speed at the expense of melody while progressive bluegrass is often dismissed as "noodling without a melody" but this could never be said about this project.

I have also heard this band live several times at festivals and venues and they are just as good live, so get out and see them if you can. It is obvious that they play together a lot.

If you love bluegrass, you need to buy this album. If you do not like bluegrass, VTW might very well speak to you of the possibilities of what it CAN be.