Album: Tell Someone
Artist: Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
Rebel Records, 2007
A Word: Nostalgic
"The band’s recent CD 'Tell Someone'
features some outstanding vocal performances, even
better musicians and good ole Gospel lyrics."
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band have dubbed themselves as a
performing bluegrass band but to me they sound like a good
mixture of bluegrass and the way country music was sung in
the Fifties and early Sixties. For those less familiar with
bluegrass, the roots of the genre are intertwined with the
roots of modern day country music. The band’s recent
CD Tell Someone features some outstanding vocal performances,
even better musicians and good ole Gospel lyrics.
You may be old enough to remember the Carter Family or the
duo of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Perhaps you remember
the early part of the movie of the Johnny Cash story -
Walk The Line - or have browsed through the vinyl
archives. If you are familiar with that period in the history
of music, then the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band will welcome
back a flood of good memories.
I’ve Got More To Go To Heaven For features
splendid banjo picking by Jason Davis. The song moves quickly,
and, from the very beginning, Davis sets the tempo. A warm
underlying bass-line is established by bassist Zachary McLamb.
The two Smiths and Wayne Winkle (low-tenor) combine for an
unblemished three-part harmony.
Bluegrass music has always been the story of the people and
the land and the music on the CD Tell Someone is
no different. The lyrics paint word pictures of real life
situations with perhaps none as poignant as Craig Market’s
words to Mary Had A Little Boy.
The ballad chronicles
the life of a boy whose mother would not take him to Sunday
school while all the other children attended. At the beginning
of the song, the boy’s soul is described as “white
as snow”, but as the song progresses Mary (the mother)
notices his soul was turning dingy gray. When the boy’s
soul finally turns “an ugly black”, Mary goes
to Sunday school and “stays for the preaching too”,
but to no avail. The preacher reminds her of a warning he
issued many years earlier. While the song issues a warning
to all parents, it should also encourage those parents who
have sown the seeds of the Gospel and whose children have
strayed for a season. There is hope that the message will
I am a big Alan Jackson fan and while I by no means wish to
compare Kenny Smith’s vocals to the country music great,
I do think that if you enjoy Jackson’s music, you will
enjoy Angels Calling At My Door. Daniel Carwile’s
melancholic fiddle applies sombre brushstrokes to this canvass.
Steve Mowery’s One More Chance has the same
Southern Gospel beat and flair that made the Statler Brothers
a fan favorite for so many years. During our decade, the Parker
Trio signalled a renaissance in Southern Gospel music until
the premature death of Warren Parker last 7th January.
Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music have long been considered
regional or niche music markets. Established artists such
Alison Krause, the Del McCoury Band and Alabama have introduced
new fans to the music. Bluegrass and Southern Gospel music
often feature great harmonies, excellent musicians and tremendous
Tell Someone is true to the title, as the words of
many of the songs on this album leave no doubt that there
is only one way to heaven and it is through Jesus Christ.
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