Highway of Dreams

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Bradley Walker has been singing country music since his toddlerhood, and throughout his youth he performed in a variety of country and bluegrass bands. His debut as a solo artist finds him joined by a rather awe-inspiring array of guest artists who include Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, rising star Alecia Nugent, producer Carl Jackson and many other bluegrass and traditional country luminaries, and performing songs in that sort of mostly-acoustic-and-bluegrassy-but-with-drums style that is becoming increasingly popular. What's significant about this album is not the fact that Walker was born with muscular dystrophy and performs from a wheelchair, but that he sings like a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Bradley Walker has been singing country music since his toddlerhood, and throughout his youth he performed in a variety of country and bluegrass bands. His debut as a solo artist finds him joined by a rather awe-inspiring array of guest artists who include Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, rising star Alecia Nugent, producer Carl Jackson and many other bluegrass and traditional country luminaries, and performing songs in that sort of mostly-acoustic-and-bluegrassy-but-with-drums style that is becoming increasingly popular. What's significant about this album is not the fact that Walker was born with muscular dystrophy and performs from a wheelchair, but that he sings like a cross between George Jones and Brad Paisley, in a warm, rich baritone voice that alternately nails and caresses the notes he sings. Traditionalism cuts both ways, of course: one of country music's great traditions is the marriage of sweet, hooky melodies with stomping honky tonk grooves, and Walker celebrates that tradition on such gems as the especially Jones-esque "When I'm Hurtin'" and the gorgeous "Lost at Sea." Unfortunately, there are some other country music traditions that are less worth celebrating, and those are celebrated here as well: the well-established tradition of overly cute wordplay, often expressed in a gospel context ("A Little Change") and that of stupefyingly maudlin tearjerker lyrics, again often expressed in a gospel context ("We Know Where He Is"). If Walker's voice weren't so spectacular, songs like these would be unbearable. But most of the album showcases a perfect fit between his exquisite singing, the expert accompaniment of his session players, and thoroughly enjoyable honky tonk-bluegrass songs. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661058125
  • Catalog Number: 610581
  • Sales rank: 125,978

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bradley Walker Primary Artist, Vocals
Rhonda Vincent Background Vocals
Larry Cordle Background Vocals
Ron Block Banjo
Vince Gill Background Vocals
Kevin Grantt Bass
Rob Ickes Dobro
Carl Jackson Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals, Bottle
Adam Steffey Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie Fiddle
Jerry Salley Background Vocals
Tony Creasman Drums
Sonya Isaacs Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Jim VanCleve Fiddle
Ron Stewart Banjo
Russell Moore Background Vocals
Clay Hess Acoustic Guitar
Brandon Rickman Background Vocals
Alecia Nugent Background Vocals
Cia Leigh Cherryholmes Background Vocals
Cia Cherryholmes Background Vocals
Andy Falco Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Lefty Frizzell Composer
Larry Cordle Composer
Harley Allen Composer
Chris Austin Composer
Shawn Camp Composer
Buddy Cannon Composer
Gary Cotton Composer
Glenn Garrett Composer
Carl Jackson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jim McBride Composer
Larry Shell Composer
Jenny Yates Composer
Robert K. Oermann Liner Notes, Author
Jerry Salley Composer
Craig Market Composer
Luke Wooten Engineer, Mastering
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