House Down the Block

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
A group knows it has something good going when it wins the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award, and it's only a short step to the recording studio. House Down the Block gives the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band a chance to prove just how good they are to everyone who hasn't had a chance to catch them on the road. The Smiths are joined by mandolinist Ron Inscore, bassist Greg Martin, and banjoist Steve Huber for a lively set of traditional and original material. The band meets expectations because of its strength as a band: everyone does something well, and when it all comes together, the total effect is greater than the sum of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
A group knows it has something good going when it wins the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award, and it's only a short step to the recording studio. House Down the Block gives the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band a chance to prove just how good they are to everyone who hasn't had a chance to catch them on the road. The Smiths are joined by mandolinist Ron Inscore, bassist Greg Martin, and banjoist Steve Huber for a lively set of traditional and original material. The band meets expectations because of its strength as a band: everyone does something well, and when it all comes together, the total effect is greater than the sum of its parts. Even a throwaway song like "Stay a Little Longer" receives a fine treatment, highlighted by Kenny Smith's nifty flatpicking. Amanda Smith handles most of the vocals and handles them with aplomb, bringing a lively depth to each lyric. It will probably seem a bit odd to have so many heartbreak songs -- "Where Love Went Wrong" and "Why Don't You Just Say Goodbye" -- performed by a husband and wife team, but then again, heartbreak has always been a gristmill for songsmiths. House Down the Block finds the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band living up to their rep.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2004
  • Label: Rebel Records
  • UPC: 032511179821
  • Catalog Number: 111798
  • Sales rank: 157,244

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kenny Smith Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Steve Huber Banjo
Greg Martin Upright Bass
Amanda Smith Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Ron Inscore Mandolin
Technical Credits
Hal Ketchum Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Ronnie Bowman Composer
Tommy Duncan Composer
Bobby Harrison Composer
Steve Huber Composer
Tim Stafford Composer
Bob Wills Composer
David T. McCarty Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Kenny Smith Composer, Producer, Mastering
Jimmy Dulin Engineer, Mastering
Glenn A. Tabor III Engineer, Mastering
Alan Bartram Composer
Becky Buller Composer
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band Producer
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