RHR213 - Buena Vista - Robin & Linda Williams
"this long-standing duo has grown sweeter over the years, but you can still hear the lonesome echo of Hank Williams in their gorgeous harmonizing." - Utne Reader
"Underlying their sound are lyrics that pluck at the nerve center of emotional experiences." - Billboard
Robin & Linda Williams' music is the very definition of Americana: a sweet mix of country, folk and bluegrass, and they've been performing it for over 30 years - long before that musical term was coined. They've been regular guests on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion since the show's inception and have criss-crossed America on tour more times than they can remember.
The new release Buena Vista showcases their finest songwriting to date. An exploration of life's hard times and unexpected joys, these new tunes take us down south to country's bumpy back roads and mountain views.
Inspired by the Virginia town of Buena Vista, the album is about a colorful cast of characters, from the narrator who loses everything in the title track to the homeless "Invisible Man," to the corrupt businessman in "When a Thread Gets Caught." Robin & Linda also explore the real-life characters of Maybelle Carter and Bill Monroe in their song "Maybelle's Guitar And Monroe's Mandolin." This song about their enduring legacy encapsulates what Robin & Linda's music is all about--authentic country music that is down-home and free of "silver-spangled cowboy hats and gold-plated Cadillacs." Whether singing their own gems or the classics, Robin & Linda prove once again that they are the real deal.
Produced by Grammy-winning artist Tim O'Brien, Buena Vista features the duo's high lonesome harmonies and their fiery guitar and banjo picking. O'Brien lent his own superior fiddle, mandolin and guitar talents and assembled some of Nashville's hottest players, including Jerry Douglas (dobro, lap steel), Dennis Crouch (bass), and Kenny Malone (percussion).
According to Robin & Linda, the recording sessions were "filled with true blue trust and faith. No struggle to make things work. No flaws in the fabric. No snags in the cloth. Just the music God made."
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