On first listen to the lead and baritone voice of this 23 year old bluegrass performer you may think of the likes of Ricky Skaggs. Josh Williams has a voice that is as well suited for Bluegrass as anyone. On Lonesome Highway, Josh Williams sounds more like a seasoned veteran than a relative newcomer to the scene. Bringing some of the older bluegrass standards to some new tracks, Josh Williams can handle the classics as well as pen some that could very well become standards in their own right.
I was pleasantly surprised to hear the amazing talent Josh Williams brings to the plate. The vocal ability is only the beginning, this talented young man is also just as well suited for the guitar or mandolin as he is the vocals. Bluegrass music is an art form of it's own, there are many times that I have in the past just been floored by the sheer talent the players have in the bluegrass scene. To be able to play bluegrass is not a feat that just anyone can accomplish, at least not to the point that Josh Williams has achieved.
In a time when bluegrass is finally achieving some more notice, thanks in part to Allison Kraus and Union Station, Ricky Skaggs, Mountain Heart and others that have brought the popularity back. The music has never gone anywhere, it just hasn't had the focus it once had from the general populous. Lonesome Highway is as good a bluegrass CD as you will find today, and it is a joy to listen to. If you like Bluegrass, Josh Williams is a name you won't soon be forgetting.
You can hear some standards here, "Killer On The Loose" written by Tom T. and Dixie Hall, and The Legend of the Dixie Boys" is a Flatt and Scruggs favorite. You also get some new treasures such as the Josh Williams originals like "Down Another Lonesome Highway" and the instrumental "Golden Pond Getaway". The best of the best, which are the true standouts? Well that's an easy one, no other track on this CD shows off the vocal talents of Josh Williams as the woeful "Cold Virginia Rain". A true bluegrass album from one of the new breed, highly recommended!