The Daphne Records release from Will Kimbrough, Wings, is a solid expression of acoustic Americana from a smart storyteller and gifted artist.
Kimbrough has a scholar’s eye for detail and delivers fluid and clever tunes across the selection of 10 songs.
A seasoned sideman, Kimbrough has toured and recorded with Todd Snider and extensively worked with multiple Grammy winner and Songwriting Hall of Fame star Rodney Crowell. He has also worked with Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Buddy Miller, John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, and Mavis Staples among many others.
He is acknowledged as a masterful guitarist whose cool country-rock sound echoes a mixture drawn from his Alabama roots, lifelong love of varied music, current Nashville base and the type of styles associated with his colleagues Steve Forbert, Old Crow Medicine Show and Mary Gauthier.
The song “Three Angels” reveals the honest grateful love a husband and father has daily for his wife and daughters. An eerie flashback breathes throughout “You Can’t Go Home,” reminding us we never step in a flowing stream in exactly the same spot twice. Life moves on. His intimate introspection is on full emotional display in “Love To Spare.” The self-awareness feeling in “It Ain’t Cool” carves a sensitivity canal in our cognizance. We feel this message deeply.
His bare knuckles quest for the unblemished universal truth in life drives his songwriting above pop music into a higher atmosphere. The title track “Wings” has an early 1960’s folk feel strait from the harmonica starting-line. “Wings” is co-written with Jimmy Buffett and featured on his new CD, Buffet Hotel, however, the arrangement is notably different. The inclusion of “Nobody From Nowhere,” written and recorded by Kimbrough and friend Tommy Womack is also on the new Buffett release. Kimbroughs’ visibility is enhanced by those who seek out his innate talent.
In 2004, he was recognized as the “Instrumentalist of the Year” by the Americana Music Association. Exactly slotting the musical style of the multi talented Kimbrough is a challenge because he is also a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer, collaborator, and bandleader.
Kimbrough brings a proficient command of the guitar and a sharp literary pen to each recording session, hence, Wings will easily soar onto your current play list following an initial listen.