Will Kimbrough from the album I Like It Down Here available on Daphne Records (by Bryant Liggett)
His solo career took a back seat to production and side-player duties for the last five years but Will Kimbrough has picked up his brand of blues and country folk, gospel with laid-back rock and roll, finding his own music right where he left it. I Like it Down Here is loose and light, a nod to his native South and all of its musical offerings. Yet perhaps ‘down here’, less a Southern state than a state of mind, as Will sings in “Hey Trouble”…. ‘heaven knows I’ve been forsaken, I’ve got trouble by my side, hey trouble, let’s go for a ride’, inviting trouble into his life with open arms. That notion continues with a laid-back groove of the title track, Will Kimbrough claiming ‘I like it down here’, singing drunken train engineers, catching trash fish and ‘sawdust in my beer’.
“Alabama (For Michael Donald)” is a somber, emotional, and necessary, history lesson about the 1981 lynching of a young African American, the tale spoken in first person, and featuring Shemekia Copeland on backing vocals. The pace switches to 1970’s inspired Country Rock with “I’m Not Running Away” and “When I Get to Memphis”. “It’s a Sin” is a gospel number with big, slow horns, and “Salt Water & Sand” has a Jimmy Buffett vibe. I Like It Down Here ends with “Star,” a Laurel Canyon-referenced ballad with refined steel guitar. I Like It Down Here is an efficient album, Will Kimbrough keeping each song to between three and four minutes, plenty of time to tell a tale over instrumentation that hits the mark it in all the right spots. (by Bryant Liggett)
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