Sometimes when we are looking for something new to listen to, we don’t have to look too far. During the Christmas holidays, I was introduced to one of our local singer/songwriters, Chuck Williams. He hails from a Jonesboro, a small town in Northeast Tennessee (and the oldest town in the state). Those of you who are really into country music probably know that is the home of songwriter Josh Kear, who penned such country hits as “Highway Don’t Care”, “Drunk on a Plane”, and “Blown Away” (hits for Tim McGraw/Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood). And, that list definitely goes on and on.
Chuck isn’t quite that kind of singer/songwriter. His music is more American Folk with a slight resemblance to the style of Dylan, yet with a little classic country feel to some of his songs. “Feel How the Wind Blows” is the first song on the album “Songs From a Troubled Soul”. This one is very much a folk song. It fits right in the 70’s with hippies, flower children, and an age where it was more about the sound than the song. It was easy to listen to, and if you are my age, it will take you back a few years.
“Please Tell Me Why” is the second track. this one hasn’t lost it’s folk sound, but is more of an up-tempo tune that might make you want to tap your feet a little. While the story is a sad one, the song still makes you smile. It’s about someone who worked for a company for 25 years, then lost his job. Of course, when he lost his job he pretty much lost everything else, too. Including the woman he loved.
The third track, “Innocent Blood Cries Out,” scared me a little bit. There is a well back there; on a hill; someone is in the well; they fell, or got pushed, but they are down there, and a crime was committed, and someone has to pay ….. He is hearing a voice from the bottom of the well. If this song were a movie, I probably would watch it. And, unfortunately (for me at least), the melody was a bit repetitious – almost to the point of being boring. So out of the 12 songs on this CD – if I had to pick a least favorite, I would give that honor to “Innocent Blood Cries Out”.
“Crooked Little Stick,” Time to Put the Suitcase Down,” and “The Tunnel Bum” are all a bit folk, but also a little more old country. Traditional country music is really my favorite, and “The Tunnel Bum” sounded a lot like something I might have been hearing 50 years ago. Chuck hasn’t forgotten his faith in this CD, giving us songs like “When We Behold Him” and “Take My Hand Precious Lord”.
I’ve told you my least favorite song on the album, so I think I need to tell you my favorite songs, too. Oddly, one of my favorites was “Cold Clay Ground”. This one is just vocals. No instruments at all. A Cappella-. It’s short. It’s like a little story. And, you can almost picture the story-teller sitting at a bar, looking down at his drink, singing this song – about a lost love. I really liked it.
The other favorite for me was “The Unbridled Horse”. Again, we’re listening to something that sounds like old country. And, there is great harmony from backup vocalists, Carrie Johnson and Chaston Carroll.
On that note, I’d like to share other credits from this CD with you. You will be hearing David Carroll on bass and guitar; Chaston Caroll, guitar and mandolin; John Rigsby, fiddle; Brandon Bankes, steel guitar; and backup vocals, Carrie Johnson, Chaston Carroll, Jack Priode and Dave Carroll.
We don’t have any social media sites for to share with you for Chuck at this point. He is working on a web site, so hopefully that will be along soon. But, we have just learned that Songs From a Troubled Soul will be available on CDBaby starting tomorrow.
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