Williams & Clark Expedition | The Old Kentucky Road

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The Old Kentucky Road

by Williams & Clark Expedition

Williams & Clark Expedition with bluegrass veterans Blake Williams, Bobby Clark, Wayne Southards, and Kimberly Williams, perform the best bluegrass being heard today with killer harmonies, driving instrumentals and original music as well.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. The Old Kentucky Road
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2. Get Gone Blues
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3. Pleasant Hill
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4. Too Late
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5. Washington County
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6. Sad Is The Union
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7. Over In The Gloryland
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8. Wib's Tobacco Reel
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9. Windy City
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10. Hot Pursuit
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11. Gray Ashes
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12. I'll Love Until The Day I Die
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13. Graduation Prayer
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14. Bonus Comedy Track
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Williams & Clark Expedition could be described by some as a new band on the bluegrass scene. But when you consider the members of the group are Blake Williams, Bobby Clark, Wayne Southards and Kimberly Williams, you know this is not a group of newcomers. All have very impressive musical credentials, having worked for the music's forefathers, Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, to some of the earlier bluegrass bands, The Bluegrass Cardinals and Tennessee Gentlemen, to even the artists who have just become popular in the last couple of decades like Mike Snider, Kathy Chiavola and Larry Cordle. No one can deny the bluegrass pedigree of Williams & Clark Expedition's members.

What is surprising to most, is the band voice that was created when these talented people formed this band just over 3 years ago. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 they were honored with an "Emerging Artist of the Year" nomination by the IBMA. In a very short time, they have gone from a band no one knew, to one of bluegrass music's most requested groups. It is no mystery why this band is becoming so popular so quickly. They offer superb musicianship, hauntingly tight harmonies, traditional and contemporary lead vocal styles, original material, humor, and history in every performance. And each member is as personable as they are talented, believing the audience comes first. They do everything they can to show that, from their stage performances, to the lively conversation with any and all who want to visit afterwards. It really is quite simple...

Williams & Clark Expedition loves what they do and it shows!


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Joe Ross

Great CD!!
The title cut on Williams and Clark Expedition's "The Old Kentucky Road" has the common "longing for home and simple life" theme found in bluegrass music. At the same time, the song's hook about "sweet tea, country ham and cornbread on the stove" could be a good analogy for the music from this band that gives us "a musical journey of harmony, history and humor." Nominated in both 2003 and 2004 for IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year Award, this band's latest album (their third as a group) will clearly establish them as more than just four recent arrivals on the scene. After all, the members of this quartet have many years of experience working with top names in the music business.
W&CE's unique and personalized signature sound has been crafted around the accomplished picking and singing of Blake and Kimberly Williams, Wayne Southards, and Bobby Clark. Guests Tim Crouch (fiddle) and Ferrell Stowe (resonator guitar, Oahu guitar) make some very nice contributions to the overall sound. "The Old Kentucky Road" takes the band's presentation to an even higher level with a more significant emphasis on well-penned originals, like "Get Gone Blues," "Pleasant Hill," "Too Late, "Sad Union," and the title cut. There are also original instrumentals "Wib's Tobacco Reel" and "Hot Pursuit." Bobby Clark did a nice job arranging "Washington County," an instrumental from the public domain. "Over in the Gloryland" and "Too Late" are their gospel offerings for this project. The latter features some splendid old-time style fingerpicked guitar from Blake Williams. Covered numbers come from Phillip East (Kimberly's father), Keith Little, and Bobby Osborne/Pete Goble.

W&CE's exhilarating presentation conveys plenty of energy and enthusiasm. On this project, their music seems even tighter and high-stepping. With their great songs, strong vocals, impressive instrumental prowess, and superior arranging, they have demonstrated a keen ability to cover all the bluegrass bases. That, in simple terms, is why "The Old Kentucky Home" hits a homerun.

Added: October 5th 2004
Reviewer: Joe Ross
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