Apache - Maria Elania - Meet Mr. Callahan - Buckaroo - Mona Lisa - Coconut Grove - Oh Danny Boy - Forty Miles of Bad Road - Stay Out O' The South - It's A Sin To Tell A Lie - Panhandle Rag - Just A Closer Walk With Thee
What a treat to hear Danney Williams again. You may or may not have heard of this incredible 'feeling' picker. He uses an electric guitar, but he doesn't use it for volume, he uses it for style and creativity. I'm sitting in an RV park in Benson, Arizona, preparing my weekly column just a few miles from Tombstone, the big bad town of the west. My first thought, when I heard Danney do 'Maria Elania,' what a treat it would be to hear him do a concert at Big Nose Kates in Tombstone. This is Danney's very first CD release, done with a lot of help from the very talented Larry Dean Inman who guided Danney successfully through the various 'pits' that show up in show business. This is an instrumental album if you hasn't already diagnosed that, and it's a lovely one to hear. Mark Thies, who plays bass on this session, was also the engineer and master-maker. The session is thoroughly entertaining, not overproduced like so much modern country music is today, just the real 'guts' of the matter, so extremely talented guitar pickin' by a great picker, Danney Williams. Not only is Danney a good picker, he picks on a very nice sounding guitar. He doesn't rationalize every string he hits, he simply hits the right one. He doesn't let his 'pick' over emphasize the beautiful simplicity of a well written instrumental song. He doesn't (like many bluegrassers do) attempt to show us how fast he can pick, as if that is some sort of goal, neither does he lay down on 'feeling' and 'sensitivity' when he picks. He simply lets the music flow, straight on beat, right on time, definitely a pure expression of some super good songs. AND like many of the 'real' performers of country music in the past, Danney closes with a beautiful gospel song "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." The early performers of rural music always thought to close their shows with a gospel song, to illustrate their gratitude of being a Christian, and devoting at least one of their songs to the Lord Jesus. That doesn't happen much in today's music either, but, country music is starting to make a small shift back to what the listeners thought was important in the message and the music. Danney Williams is one of those returning for the good stuff, and playing it for his friends and fans. Off this one goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their evaluation, with much thanks to Larry Dean Inman for the precious contributions he made to this project.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - Pres. www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine