Home Away

Home Away

by Will Kimbrough
     
 
From the playful bravado of the opening cut to the understated finale, a kind of dark variation on "Me and Bobby McGee," Home Away visits a range of musical and lyrical settings. Each of these provides insight into Nashville's Will Kimbrough, whose narrative gifts stand out even among his hometown peers. This variety nods somewhat transparently to the diversity

Overview

From the playful bravado of the opening cut to the understated finale, a kind of dark variation on "Me and Bobby McGee," Home Away visits a range of musical and lyrical settings. Each of these provides insight into Nashville's Will Kimbrough, whose narrative gifts stand out even among his hometown peers. This variety nods somewhat transparently to the diversity of his influences. It's easy, for example, to catch a whiff of Randy Newman in the delicacy, dark irony, and aching love written into "Champion of the World"; Kimbrough makes this clearer still in his muted piano part, but adds his own flavor with theremin lines that hover in the background. It's possible to imagine Billy Joel declaiming on "Letdown," though Kimbrough switches to a George Harrison flavor during the slide guitar licks on the bridge. And it's even easier to mistake "I Love My Baby" for a John Lennon ode to Yoko Ono. Yet these are all just colors in Kimbrough's rainbow: His overdubbed harmonies evoke Simon & Garfunkel on "Anita O'Day," but everything else about this tribute to a somewhat forgotten jazz singer, from the minimalist eloquence of the words to the ghostly organ fills, reflects his own artistry. A key to Kimbrough is his disinclination to take himself as seriously as each of his influences do. Not one of them could have turned depression into the banjo-tickled, pick'n'grin confessional "Happier." With albums like Home Away in his catalog, Kimbrough seems bound to emerge as an influence to reckon with on his own terms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2006
Label:
Daphne Records
UPC:
0634457144224
catalogNumber:
1442

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Kimbrough   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Banjo,Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Harmonium,Human Whistle,Sampling,Mellotron,Vocoder,bass pedals,Casio,Glass,Toy Bells
Craig Krampf   Percussion,Drums
Kim Richey   Vocals
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Cello,Viola
Tommy Womack   Harmonica
John Deaderick   Synthesizer,Piano,Wurlitzer
Scotty Huff   Trumpet
Jacob Lawson   Violin,Viola
David Gehrke   Conga,Drums,Snare Drums,Shaker

Technical Credits

Will Kimbrough   Producer
Lij   Producer,Engineer
Joe Moss   Executive Producer

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