Charlie Waller - Songs Of The American Spirit (CD)
Release Date: 08/24/04
The Country Gentlemen always stayed out on the edges of bluegrass, sometimes following the Monroe-Stanley lead, but often forging new territory. Waller's voice was one that could be equally at home in bluegrass, gospel or country, and while this CD retains its bluegrass flavor, you can hear much in it that should appeal to a wider audience. During this time of strife, 'Be Quiet When Willie Walks By' is a song that tugs at your heartstrings. They also cover the 'Fighting Side Of Me' that's been an anthem of country spirit since Haggard penned it, and harking back to World War II is a perennial favorite, 'There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere.' The band shows how to drive a song on more than one cut, but 'Blackberry Blossom' is one of the great bluegrass instrumentals, and they certainly do it justice.
|Label: Pinecastle Records|