Selected as one of the Best Albums of the Year by Norm Mast and Al Kniola, hosts of The Back Porch, WVPE Public Radio, South Bend & Elkhart, IN, and by Ed McKeon, Folk Director and host of FM on Toast, WWUH-FM, Hartford, CT.
Amy Gallatin has been a staple on the acoustic music scene since her release of Long Way Home in 1998--a collaboration with ace Nashville producer Rich Adler (Valerie Smith, Iris DeMent, John Hartford, Dolly Parton)--which featured her shimmering, heartfelt vocals and quality song selection. Veteran bluegrasser Roger Williams, long known for his masterful touch on the resophonic guitar during his tenure with White Mountain Bluegrass, Salamander Crossing, and IBMA-award-nominated Southern Rail, is now coming into his own as a vocalist and songwriter. As the son of Northeastern country singer Gerry Lee and steel guitar player Curly Williams, Roger's country pedigree is solid. Amy and Roger have joined forces and together they are blending their voices in classic country duets, old and new. Some of these tunes are sentimental songs from the 40's and 50's that Roger grew up singing "at his mother's knee", contrasted by songs like a number of Everly Brothers tunes and the desolate "Wind in the Valley", penned by New Hampshire songwriter Rick Lang.
Legendary folk radio host Ed McKuen writes: "...damn, if it isn't wonderful. I think it's the best thing that Amy has done...one of the best albums I've heard this year. A bunch of really old, relatively obscure country songs, and a few new ones, done in that old-fashioned country duet style that is killer. Amy's vocals...with the power and tone of her voice, are tempered by Roger's baritone which has been sanded smooth by cigarettes and, shall we say, maturity. The song selections are perfect, the harmonies glorious, the sentiments wonderfully maudlin (like any good old country song), and the Nashville session players are amazing." Sing Out Magazine says "Something 'Bout You is more like what you'd hear if you slipped out the back door of the Ryman Auditorium into Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, or any of the other smoky joints along Nashville's Broadway....cleanly and intelligently produced, and...a lot of fun to listen to."
released January 1, 2007
Amy Gallatin -- Lead/Harmony Vocals
Roger Williams -- Lead/Harmony Vocals, Resophonic Guitar
Rick Gordon--Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Andrea Zonn, Shad Cobb, Matt Coombs -- Fiddle
John Vogt, Mike Bub --Bass
Ronnie Godfrey -- Piano
John Heinrich -- Pedal Steel
Wayne Benson -- Mandolin
Pat McInerney -- Percussion
Kathy Chiavola--harmony vocals
The powerhouse duo Amy Gallatin and resophonic guitarist Roger Williams—20 and 40 year veterans of the New England music
scene--joined forces a few years ago to explore their mutual love of country standards, served up with an acoustic treatment in the bluegrass vein. The result is a toe-tapping blend of heartfelt vocals, soaring harmonies and red-hot picking, traditional yet modern and distinct....more