Nashville, TN — 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.
Capturing the traditional drive, emotion and feel of 1950’s and 60’s Bluegrass, the trio presents songs that they themselves helped to make classic.
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 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 the fundamental framework that followed.
“Standing Tall and Tough may appear to some as boisterous or even belligerent, but it’s not!” said Lawson. “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.”
Gospel numbers share an equal presence. With the Louvin Brothers’ “Do You Live What You Preach,” “Don’t Laugh,” and “Insured Beyond the Grave,” these icons tip their hats to Gospel tradition.
J.D. Crowe returns from retirement as a full time Bluegrass band leader for Standing Tall and Tough to remind us why he is the most influential banjo player since Earl Scruggs.
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.
“How amazing is it that three guys on Medicare can still be onstage performing this great American music called Bluegrass?,” Williams quipped.
Indeed, even after years of success, memories and miles, Crowe, Lawson and Williams are clearly Standing Tall and Tough.