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Will Kimbrough Goes Solo

Read about the new release from revered musician and singer Will Kimbrough

Will Kimbrough – Photo Stacie Huckaba

For some of us, it’s been hard to pin down Will Kimbrough. Here’s the sequence: friends tell you how good he is, you start to see his name crop up all the time, you cotton on to how influential he is, you try to get some of his music with limited success, you try to see him live (not yet). Now it’s time for a reckoning. After five years performing and releasing records with Willie Sugarcapps, and his band with Tommy Womack (Daddy), acclaimed musician, writer, producer Kimbrough has put his solo-artist hat back on.

Kimbrough’s new album I Like It Down Here is coming April 19, 2019 (on Soundly Music) with special guests Shemekia Copeland, Brigitte DeMeyer and Sugarcane Jane.

Other achievements from Kimborough include:

  • producer (and player) on Copeland’s album nominated for Album Of The Year and (co-writer) on one of those tracks for Song Of The Year at the Blues Music Awards
  • co-writer of Song of the Year in Americana U.K. [“Southern Wind,” with Dean Owens]
  • played on Blind Boys of Alabama sessions
  • guitarist and harmony singer with Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell and Todd Snider

I Like It Down Here deals a lot with his home region, the South, his Lower Alabama childhood, his blazing guitar playing as a sixteen-year-old, the place where the last public lynching took place (in 1981!), and where Confederate flags fly from homes not infrequently to this day. 

According to Kimbrough: “Over the course of a few tough years for me, the Deep South, particularly Lower Alabama and venues like the Frog Pond and Callaghan’s, really made me feel at home. I got closer to my Mother and Sister. Songs and creativity were just flowing. I started writing a love letter to the South. Then in 2016, things just went haywire — the election, the mood of the country, the divided feel of the times we live in — just hit me like a freight train.  Things like Michael Donald’s lynching started just leaping off the page at me. I started trying to figure out why such terrible things happen, over and over again, in a world full of such great people. I wrote this record from that point of view:  I feel so at home here, I love the people, the culture, the food and particularly the music.  How could I feel so at home and still disagree with most Southerners’ politics? So I wrote this record out of love and confusion. But mostly love.”

We can’t wait.

Read about the new release from revered musician and singer Will Kimbrough

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Author: Rob Dickens

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