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Jeanette Williams - Thank You for Caring

Thank You for Caring

Jeanette Williams

BCR 007

Available from Jeanette Williams' web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Jeanette Williams has a clearly bluegrass classic voice and attracted a bulging portfolio of some of the best musicians while making this 14-cut compendium, including the stellar Tony Rice, George Jones, Tim Stafford, and many others. The playing throughout the disc is lavish; the songs a marvelous blend of folk, country, bluegrass, and roots; and the recording breathtakingly clean and precise. Tom T. and Dixie Hall even penned an original that was pre-released as a single, winning an award in the bluegrass division at the 2007 MerleFest.

Cuts like Break the Chain and Dreamer have chart sonority, beautifully encanted, demonstrating just what a sweet and knowing singing voice Williams possesses beyond the hi-energy bluegrass/country kickers (Your Memory Wins Again, for instance). More than once, hints of Jeannie C. Riley, even a bit of Dusty Springfield, as well as a little Lesley Duncan stand out in her voice, killer instrumental solos playing a florid contrast to those refrains, synergizing the whole into a Great Plains quilt. Then there's the Dan Hicks-y Blue Days, Sleepless Nights and, man, Ray Benson is gonna be jealous of that one! Swingin', gorgeous, bright, lilting, and overflowing with brio, it's a classic. If the writer (Laurie Lewis) hasn't already established it thuswise, Williams certainly remedied that and then leaped into her take on I Will Survive, for me the definitive rendition, stripping away all the showy stage tinsel and revealing the everyday heart of the song, a defiant and self-confident retort to the betrayals in life and not a bad way at all to end a showcase after running through a variety of travails and hopes.

Track List:

  • Enough of You (Jeanette Williams)
  • Bad Money (Rickman / Stefl)
  • Break the Chain (Stafford / Williams / Shell)
  • Thank You for Caring (Hall / Hall)
  • Your Memory Wins Again (Ewing / Geiger / Mullis)
  • Dreamer (Slaughter)
  • I Forgot More then You'll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null)
  • Alone (Ryan Roberts)
  • Blue Days, Sleepless Nights (Laurie Lewis)
  • Through the Eyes of a Child (Finney / Walton)
  • That's the Bottom Line (Paul Humphrey)
  • Either Way, I'm Going Home (Stafford / Starnes)
  • Everything's Blue (Marcie Horne)
  • I Will Survive (Fekaris / Perren)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
 

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