“Standing Tall and Tough may appear to some as boisterous or even belligerent, but it's not! To J.D., Paul, and me, it means that after all the years of being involved in music, the love we have for it hasn't diminished at all. The joy of being onstage or in the recording studio is a feeling beyond words for us” comments Doyle Lawson.
In a world where everyone is searching for the next new thing, it’s significant for three artists who have been on the forefront of this music for decades to continue to deliver with excellence and innovation.
Banjo-Master J.D. Crowe, multi-award winning trailblazer Doyle Lawson, and Bluegrass Gospel legend Paul Williams have joined forces for a second time to produce and deliver an amazingly powerful selection of songs on their latest collaboration, Standing Tall and Tough (8/19/14 Mountain Home Music). Capturing the traditional drive, emotion and feel of 1950's and 60's Bluegrass, the trio presents songs that they themselves helped to make classics.
With vocal resonance and instrumental precision, the trio stands strong through songs like "Fraulein" and "Hills of Roane County." Both are Bluegrass standards due in part due in part to the high, lonesome sound of Paul Williams.
Doyle Lawson, known as a trendsetting mandolin player, switches gears on this project. Stepping into the guitar role on "My Walking Shoes," "Little Angel in Heaven," and "Pretending I Don't Care," Lawson reminds us of the powerful Jimmy Martin style of Bluegrass and fundamental framework that followed.