Sunday, 7 September, 2008 2:27 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Tim
by Glen Rose
2008 CMA Close Up News Service
Tim Hensley's debut album,
Long Monday on Rural Rhythm/Blue Chair, promises that the future
of traditional music is in safe hands. His renditions of 12 songs,
three from public domain and one co-written by Hensley, conveys
respect for those values, beyond the music itself, that make the
foundation of modern Country Music so organic and enduring.
Some of that comes from
the company this young artist keeps. With Buddy Cannon and Kenny
Chesney sharing production credits, with Vince Gill and Patty Loveless
sweetening the rugged timbre of the backup vocals and with neither
drums nor electric guitar in sight, Long Monday seems almost to
rise from the pages of some old family photo album, stirring echoes
long dormant in the corners of memory.
Hensley cultivated his
affinity for this music by listening to his mother's Flatt &
Scruggs tapes while riding around with her in a '63 Falcon and later
playing with Chesney, Loveless and Ricky Skaggs or relaxing after
shows with unplugged jams on the bluegrass and old gospel tunes
that he and the other members of the band all knew and loved.
Hensley displays a winning
vocal style throughout Long Monday - a high tenor that enhances
the melody while also making each performance sound like a conversation.
His approach suits the newer material by Rodney Crowell, John Prine
and other contemporary writers, but it elevates a brief a cappella
version of "Working on a Building" into a haunting and
IN HIS OWN WORDS
DREAM DUET PARTNER
"Vince Gill or Patty
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND
"An old book about
the mountains of eastern Kentucky, called Dawn Comes to the Mountains."
SONG YOU WISH YOU'D
'Where You'd Be Today.'"
ACTOR TO PORTRAY
YOU IN A BIOPIC ABOUT YOUR LIFE
"Debuting with music
from my new album on the Grand Ole Opry."
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