Lonesome Highway

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
When bluegrassers like Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent choose good musicians to fill out their bands, it's inevitable that these players will branch out on their own at some point. Dan Tyminski found an identity separate from Krauss in the wake of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and now Josh Williams steps out of Vincent's shadow on Lonesome Highway. This guy is so talented that he often plays guitar and mandolin, sings lead and baritone -- all on the same track. He's nonetheless joined by a handful of other players and singers including bassist Missy Raines, vocalist Don Rigsby, and fiddler Ron Stewart. Like Krauss and Vincent, Williams specializes in contemporary ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
When bluegrassers like Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent choose good musicians to fill out their bands, it's inevitable that these players will branch out on their own at some point. Dan Tyminski found an identity separate from Krauss in the wake of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and now Josh Williams steps out of Vincent's shadow on Lonesome Highway. This guy is so talented that he often plays guitar and mandolin, sings lead and baritone -- all on the same track. He's nonetheless joined by a handful of other players and singers including bassist Missy Raines, vocalist Don Rigsby, and fiddler Ron Stewart. Like Krauss and Vincent, Williams specializes in contemporary bluegrass, meaning that his vocals on "Killer on the Loose" and "Ol' Brown Suitcase" are closer to Ralph Stanley II than Ralph Stanley. Having said this, Williams is still old-fashioned enough to cover Flatt & Scruggs' "The Legend of the Johnson Boys," throw in an instrumental like "Golden Pond Getaway," and include the obligatory gospel number, "Will You Meet Me Over There." There are several songs, including "Down Another Lonesome Highway," that explore the downside of love, but it would be hard to call this album downbeat. Fans of Krauss, Vincent, and Tyminski will enjoy discovering another new voice on the contemporary bluegrass scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2004
  • Label: Pinecastle
  • UPC: 755757113625
  • Catalog Number: 1136
  • Sales rank: 77,843

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Josh Williams Primary Artist
J.D. Crowe Banjo
Don Rigsby Baritone (Vocal), Tenor (Vocal)
Missy Raines Bass, Acoustic Bass
Otis Dillon Bass (Vocal)
Randy Kohrs Guitar
Dwight McCall Tenor (Vocal)
Ron Stewart Fiddle
Josh Williams & High Gear Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Baritone (Vocal)
Kristin Scott Benson Banjo
Technical Credits
Lester Flatt Composer
Earl Scruggs Composer
Jim Eanes Composer
John Eberle Mastering
Tom Riggs Executive Producer
Ronnie Stewart Composer
Josh Williams Composer
Don Rigsby Producer
Kim Williams Composer
Bob Murray Art Direction
Otis Dillon Engineer
Jon Weisberger Liner Notes
Mark Mathewson Composer
Darryl Worley Composer
Jan Stolpe Engineer
Tom T. Composer
Ron Spears Composer
Larry Kingston Composer
Josh Williams & High Gear Liner Notes
Becky Buller Composer
H.R. Cook Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Broadly-appealing personalized bluegrass sound

    One of the “new generation” of young hot bluegrass pickers and smooth singers, Josh Williams, from Kentucky, formed his first band in 1990 at age ten. He then received national recognition as a young bluegrass prodigy when he appeared in the 1993 IBMA Awards Show as part of a “youth in bluegrass” band. He recorded his first album in 1991, played with The Young Acoustic All-Stars (1994-98), Hyperdrive (1998), and The Special Consensus (since 2000). His stellar debut album called “Now That You’re Gone,” (Pinecastle PRC-1115) established Josh's name as a shining star on multiple instruments, as well as a great singing and songwriting talent. Josh primarily sticks to guitar and mandolin, but he also serves up some tasty mandola licks on “The Cave.” Besides lead vocals, he also sings some baritone and low tenor harmonies. If you don’t think this young man can pick with a vengeance, one need only listen to his jaw-dropping performance on his self-penned “Golden Pond Getaway.” This is another first-rate production of contemporary bluegrass and includes some excellent accompaniment from Don Rigsby, J.D. Crowe, Missy Raines, Ron Stewart, Randy Kohrs, Kristin Scott Benson, Otis Dillon, Dwight McCall and Jared Ribble. This album also shines in its choice of material. Besides a couple from Josh (“Down Another Lonesome Highway” and the instrumental “Golden Pond Getaway”), some of the other songs were penned by outstanding songwriters such as Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Jim Eanes, Becky Buller, and Ronnie Stewart. Williams is equally comfortable with older material (like “The Legend of the Johnson Boys” and “Don’t Stop Now”) as he is with newer offerings like “Ol’ Brown Suitcase” and “Sweet Forgiveness” and “Mordecai.” Songwriters Ron Spears and Charlie Edsall penned the album’s closer, “Cold Virginia Rain,” that is also getting some excellent airplay as a result of its inclusion on Prime Cuts of Bluegrass’ volume 69. Fantastic bluegrass music albums like this one must have a number of things to succeed. Josh Williams is a singularly impressive talent, but he also runs with a crowd of superior instrumentalists who get plenty of room to strut their musicianship here. Good songs, arranged with consummate care, are another integral element for success. Young, creative, and talented, Josh Williams is a tremendous and virtuosic force in the bluegrass community. His broadly-appealing personalized sound shows that bluegrass music is in good hands and has a bright future. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

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