The time has come for the new solo record, Just to Hear the Whistle Blow, from influential guitarist and singer, prolific songwriter, and Blue Highway co-founder Tim Stafford. The guitar-driven title track, the album’s first single, is currently generating airplay on a number of stations. A new twist on the classic train song, it tells the tale of someone who wished he had hopped a freight car and is sure to please fans of both traditional and progressive bluegrass alike.
The 14-track musical set features an all-star line-up across the bluegrass genre. Joining Stafford are Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Barry Bales, and Stuart Duncan as the core band, with special appearances by John Gardner, Marty Raybon, Steve Gulley and Beth Snapp.
Thanks so much to everyone for making Just to Hear the Whistle Blow such a success already! The project debuted in June on Airplay Direct as the number one album on the Bluegrass / Folk chart and number two in the Top Fifty Albums! The official release date is today, July 15, and I want to thank you again for your help in spreading the word!
-- Tim Stafford
Having performed on a host of records and contributed original songs to numerous others, Grammy and multiple IBMA award recipient Stafford certainly showcases his talents in this, his first solo release in ten years. Stafford's solo songwriting and arrangements add 7 pieces to the album, while his writing partners on the remaining tracks include Steve Gulley, Barry Bales, Bobby Starnes, Alan Stockard, and Jon Weisberger.
Cybergrass recently posted a review of the album and it is wonderful. That's an understatement. This is Tim's best solo effort ever and is sure to please fans across multiple musical styles. The album is a mixture of thirteen instrumentals and vocal tracks. Each track expresses a new facet of Stafford's gem cut qualities. Never too much or too little, songs like the title track and "Fatner Nelson" are pure and emotional. You can almost feel the joy he has performing each song as if each brings a smile to his face. He and the other artists really get into it. They're all having fun putting this piece of art together. That is what music is all about.