Will McFarlane | Axe to the Root

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Axe to the Root

by Will McFarlane

Roots, blues and gospel styles
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Axe to the Root
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2. This New Love
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3. You're Gonna Need the Lord
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4. A Little a Lot
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5. I Am Listening
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6. Start Right Now
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7. Be There in That Number
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8. Back in the Circle
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9. Lay My Burden Down
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10. I Know
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11. Amazing Grace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Will McFarlane is a gifted singer/songwriter and musician whose natural talents are complemented by his years of experience and love for his craft. Now a resident of Durham, NC, Will had been part of the Muscle Shoals music scene for the past 20+ years. However, his music and message reach far beyond the Shoals and have taken him across the U.S. and into other countries.

Will’s career as a well-known recording artist began in the early seventies when he joined Bonnie Raitt’s band as a guitarist and background vocalist. For six years he toured and recorded with the band on such projects as Bonnie’s Home Plate and Sweet Forgiveness LP’s. Sweet Forgiveness included a cover of the 60’s Del Shannon tune Runaway, and became Bonnie’s highest charting single to that date. Playing guitar with Bonnie’s band meant a heavy touring and performing schedule, and included such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall. Time not spent on the road was often spent in recording sessions on other projects, such as the Urban Cowboy Soundtrack, and John Boylan’s production of Cotton-eyed Joe (the flip side of Mickey Gilley’s hit single Stand By Me).

In 1979, five days of concerts recorded at Madison Square Gardens became a certified-gold, multiple-disk set called No Nukes. While recording this work, Will joined a host of other musicians onstage, including Jackson Browne, Jesse Colin Young, John Hall, Pheobe Snow, and Bonnie Raitt. That same year, Will toured as guitarist for the Pointer Sisters and played many other dates in the L.A. area.

In 1980, the pressures of a busy touring schedule and the fast pace of life LA-style prompted Will to make some major changes. The impact his lifestyle could have on his young family was of great concern to him, so he left California and moved to Muscle Shoals, AL. It didn’t take long for Will’s talents to find useful outlets, and he began working for Muscle Shoals producers Jimmy Johnson and Barry Beckett. Among the albums he helped record were projects for Levon Helm and Billy “Crash” Craddock. Commercial jingles included a McDonald’s radio ad with Will on vocals that was picked up by the franchise’s national advertising.

During this time, Will’s spiritual journey led him to write and record 5 contemporary Christian albums: Right From The Start, A Colony of Heaven, Only the Heart, and Hear the Voice and Axe To The Root. Will’s travels and testimony have allowed him to travel the U.S., Canada, and exotic locations like Hawaii, Jamaica and the Bahamas. Travels in Europe have included stays in France, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, England, Scotland and Sweden. Other Christian artists use Will’s talents frequently and he has recorded with Rick Cua, Lenny Le Blanc, Michelle Pillar, Cindy Richardson, Lloyd Thogmartin, Robin Pope, Second Chapter of Acts and Maranatha Praise 9.

Over the years, Will’s versatility has enabled him to work on such diverse projects as the first two Forrester Sisters albums (which, between them, produced four No. 1 hits) and Little Milton’s Strugglin’ Lady. Malaco Records’ involvement in Muscles Shoals music paved the way for Will to contribute to the works of such legendary jazz/blues greats as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Dorothy Moore, Denise LaSalle, Shirley Brown, and Latimore as well as Little Milton. When Jerry Wexler came back to town to produce Etta James’ The Right Time, Will had the great fortune to work alongside the master producer. In addition, he cut two tracks of live duets with Steve Winwood and Etta James as well as a single with Toby Keith.. He’s played in live shows with Chris Kristofferson, Lee Roy Parnell and Waylan Jennings.

Will McFarlane is at home with practically any musical style, whether he’s playing country with the Tammy Wynette or jamming with Buddy guy. His insight and understanding of the music he plays allows him to relate to audiences of all ages and interests. Sice moving to North Carolina , he’s gotten involved in the local scene as well as traveling and opening for other artists such as Delbert McClinton. He’ll be back in the studio soon cutting many of the songs that have layed dormant for the last few years. He summed it up by saying, “I’m just cleaning out the basement of these old songs, and looking forward to getting outside and playing again.”


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Chris Capps

Well crafted i.e. Will don't know how to make junk. Not his best Colony of Heav
This CD didn't seem as natural for Will. I've been a real fan of Will for many years, and Colony of Heaven definitely was
His best natural expression yet...that is yet as in until I listened to the newest release, but that is another review.
Chris

Chris Capps

Well crafted i.e. Will don't know how to make junk. Not his best Colony of Heav
This CD didn't seem as natural for Will. I've been a real fan of Will for many years, and Colony of Heaven definitely was
His best natural expression yet...that is yet as in until I listened to the newest release, but that is another review.
Chris

Chris Capps

Well crafted i.e. Will don't know how to make junk. Not his best Colony of Heav
This CD didn't seem as natural for Will. I've been a real fan of Will for many years, and Colony of Heaven definitely was
His best natural expression yet...that is yet as in until I listened to the newest release, but that is another review.
Chris

Rhoda Evans


This CD has always been my favorite. It is the only CD that hubby will listen to with me that is not traditional black gospel. Will, I know the words come from the heart.

Graham

wow.
purchased cd for father in-law after seeing Will Mcfarlane in church. awesome cd. can feel holy spirit's presence throughout. Amazing grace is the best song.

Dwight Kennedy

A-1!! The best in Christian blues-style music! Super lyrics!

Loyd Thogmartin

All of them.
Thanks for your friendship Will and Jannet.
Loyd and Kathy Thogmartin

Diane Sibille

Loved this album and have shared it with others.
Very annointed writing and presentation. So hard to fine top professional musicianship in the Christian music scene and it is Godly and spirit filled to boot! Great job and Thank you.

David Geary

fantastic
I have enjoyed, worshiped,& praised God while listening to this CD. It has been a real blessing to hear Christian music like this, from this man's heart.