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 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 make classic.
The vocal prowess and instrumental precision are not diminished by their years but rather stand stronger as heard through songs like “Fraulein” and “Hills of Roane County,” both made into Bluegrass standards by way of the incredible vocal work of Paul Williams.
Doyle Lawson, known as a trendsetting mandolin player, steps to the guitar role and reminds us of the powerful Jimmy Martin style of Bluegrass that help set a new standard for all that followed.
J.D. Crowe returns from retiring as a full time band leader to show us again why he is the most influential banjo player since Earl Scruggs.
Here, secular and Gospel numbers share an equal presence. From the Louvin Brothers’ “Do You Live What You Preach,” “Don’t Laugh,” and “Insured Beyond the Grave,” to songs co-written by Williams and the trio’s former band leader Jimmy Martin, “My Walking Shoes,” “Little Angel in Heaven,” and “Pretending I Don’t Care.”
“Standing Tall and Tough…that 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.”
In a world where everyone is searching for the next new thing, it’s significant to be able to have three men who shaped a style of music with us and still makinging it great! It proves that even after the years of success, memories and miles, Crowe, Lawson and Williams are still Standing Tall and Tough!