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The Williamson Brothers
New CD from an allstar band that includes a pair of brothers, Grammy and IBMA winners and nominees and a whole lot of fine pickin' and singing! Here is a sneak preview form the recording session:
(left to right) Jason Richmond, engineer; Don Wright, banjo; Marty Lewis, guitar; Gary Williamson, guitar and vocals;
Jim Roberts, guru; Tony Williamson, mandolin and vocals; Robert "Bert" Sprye, bass; Don Lewis, fiddle.
"This is Real Blue Grass, recorded live in the tradition of the original masters, so as to capture the pure energy of the music as it is being created." --Tony Williamson
"We've been hosting Learned Place Concerts for a decade now, featuring great acoustic music in a variety of "Southern Roots" styles. There's been no higher pleasure for us or our audience than hearing Tony and Gary and the All-Star Band perform the songs on this album the night before they went to work in the studio. We knew that Tony is a mandolin magician but we weren't prepared for the wondrous singing; we've heard no finer voice than Gary Williamson, and the brother harmonies are astonishingly beautiful. They evoke the deep historical roots of the finest traditional music, a time before internet, before TV, before radio and even before recorded music. Backward looking and often nostalgic for the Old Home Place, skeptical about "progress," disdainful of materialism -- focused on family and community, sin and salvation, on the trials and imperfections of life on earth and hope for a better world. The happy songs are often tinged with sadness, but the sad songs are always suffused with hope. Music like this is one of the joys in this imperfect world, and Tony and Gary and their All-Star band deliver the joy -- you can't beat Don and Marty Lewis, Bert Sprye, Craig Smith and Don Wright to bring virtuosity and energy to this fine recording."
--Jim Roberts and Deborah Jakubs
Learned Place Music
"Bluegrass!" by the Williamson Brothers
Tony and Gary Williamson: mandolin, guitar and vocals
Don and Marty Lewis, the Sons of Ralph: fiddle and guitar
Craig Smith*: banjo
Don Wright+: banjo
Robert "Bert" Sprye: bass
First Step of the Journey +... Tony Williamson & Don Lewis
I Miss My Dear Mother and Dad * .... Shadee Lee & Wilbur Clark
Over In the Sky * ... Tony & Gary Williamson
Thunderclouds of Love + .... Hylo Brown
John Hardy *... traditional, arr. Tony & Gary Williamson
When It's Lamplighting Time In The Valley * ... (Harold Goodman / Sam C. Hart / Joe Lyons / Curt Poulton / Dean Upson)
The Wreck of the Old 97 * traditional, arr. Gary Williamson
I Live In the Past + ...Virginia Stauffer
When The Angels Carry Me Home + ....Charlie Monroe
Song For Jimmy Campbell * ... Tony Williamson
Don't Let Your Sweet Love Die + ...(C.Van Ness/Z.Manners)
Lonesome Road Blues + .... traditional, arr. Tony & Gary Williamson
(bonus track) Green The Grow Lilacs ...traditional, learned from Tex Ritter
Produced by Tony Williamson for Flatt Mountain Records
Executive Producers: Gary and Tony Williamson and Randy Wood
Photography: Ben Maschal, Jim Roberts, Shaena Mallett and Tony Williamson
Layout, design and post production coordination: Andrew H. Williamson
All songs recorded by Jason Richmond at SoundPure in Durham, NC and mixed there by Tim Austin and Jason Richmond
Mastered by Bill Wolf
(c) 2013 Mandolin Central Publishing, Inc.
Special acknowledgement go to Ben and Marianne Carter-Maschal, at whose wedding this band played its first live performance. Ben also is the world class craftsman that made the guitar that Gary in playing in the photo on the inside jacket.
We would like to thank each and every wonderful artist who is credited on this CD--musicians, songwriters and the technological geniuses--, we extend our highest regards, praise and thanks. We send many thanks to April and Velna who stand by us every step of the way We also thank all the wonderful spirits who inspired us including Ralph Lewis, Shadee Lee Clark, and the many other legends of the music we love; and to the one who taught us music, inspired us to love playing at a very early age, and provided the opportunity, the instruments and the support: our father and favorite banjo player, W.G. Williamson, who ultimately instilled his own love of music in us.
--Tony and Gary Williamson, April, 2013.
...and much gratitude to my beautiful and brilliant wife Andrea, without whom this recording would never have been undertaken. During the two-year process that culminated in this album, from choosing material to recording and performing, she has been my muse: a delightful inspiration who has filled my world with sweetness, encouragement, excitement and realization as no other ever has or ever could!
--Tony Williamson, April 2011 thru April 2013
For photos, history and details of each individual instrument and stories about the songs, please visit: http://mandolincentral.com/Bluegrass!.html.