BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS
GIN RIDGE GR-1006
Chris Vallillo comes from the school of singer songwriting that believes it's
the story that's the essence of any song. He has a way with a lyric that will
draw you in and put you right in the place, face to face with the character.
This is no New Age, touchy feely, esoteric, "feel my pain", angst on a plate
stuff. These are stories of real people and places captured with an eye for
detail and a commitment to craft.
Anyone who has ever listened to late night radio (or sat behind the board at
3:00AM wondering if anyone was listening) will relate to the title cut Best Of
All Possible Worlds, a tribute to an old late night radio show of the same
name. Then there's The Walnut Fiddle, the story of Homer Bedenbender
(his real name) and his aged, homemade instrument. The lazy slide guitar and
harmonica of Hot Day paint a flawless picture of a steamy August afternoon
in the Mississippi Valley while Driving Into The Storm captures the flash
point of anger and frustration where driving face first into the lightning seems
like the only sane choice. And to shift gears, there's the bottleneck slide
version of Amazing Grace - played on a turn-of-the-century $2.00 Sears and
Roebuck guitar (check out the sound, not bad for $2.00) which takes the
classic gospel song in a whole new direction.
Vallillo's track record is well established. For 7 years he was the host and
co-producer of the award winning performance radio series Rural Route 3
which aired across the nation on public radio. He joined forces with Rich
Adler at Suite 2000 in Nashville to record Best Of All Possible Worlds
along with some of the best acoustic players in the business; folks like Roy
Huskey Jr. on bass, Kenny Malone on drums, Andrea Zonn on fiddle and
viola, Deanie Richardson on mandolin, David Schnaufer on mountain
dulcimer, Ron Ikes on dobro and Jim Hoke on harmonica.
This striking collection of songs, beautifully performed in a style steeped in
the roots of acoustic folk, showcases Vallillo's exceptional talents on
fingerstyle and slide guitar.