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Crowe, Lawson & Williams: Standing Tall and ToughThe new collaboration from J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Paul Williams is now available. Standing Tall and Tough is available from Mountain Home Music and captures the traditional drive and emotion of 1950's and 60's Bluegrass, on songs these artists helped to make classics, including "Fraulein" and "Hills of Roane County." Both tunes are Bluegrass standards due in part to the high, lonesome sound of Paul Williams.

Innovative mandolin player, Doyle Lawson, takes up the guitar on "My Walking Shoes," "Little Angel in Heaven," and "Pretending I Don't Care," reminding us of the powerful Jimmy Martin style.

J.D. Crowe comes out of retirement for Standing Tall and Tough, reminding us just why he is considered the most influential banjo player since Earl Scruggs.

Crowe, Lawson and Williams tip their hats to Gospel tradition with "Do You Like What You Preach," "Don't Laugh," and "Insured Beyond the Grave."

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.

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.

If you are looking for todays bluegrass sound of yesterdays pure bluegrass, you will find it on Standing Tall & Tough. These three were actively performing yesterday and are certainly standing tall with this release. This is some of the finest bluegrass music performed by the masters and legends. Bluegrass fans will enjoy this album. It's tough to beat.

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