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Album DescriptionBluegrass Music's highly acclaimed group, the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, are going back to their homegrown Southern Gospel roots with their latest CD, Tell Someone. Produced by the group, the new album features Gospel standards that Kenny and Amanda sang while growing up in church while also showcasing some powerful, original compositions. Spotlighted on the project are featured guest artists, Rhonda Vincent, Wayne Winkle, and Daniel Carwile from the Homeward Bound Quartet.
Tell Someone is a project that has been ten years in the making. Kenny and Amanda, husband & wife, kept trying to record this CD but things kept blocking the process. After years of prayers, on March 30, 2006, the studio was finally booked when Kenny got news that his father had died in a farming accident. Since Kenny & Amanda were depending on God for strength and encouragement, they decided to move ahead with the recording. The project is dedicated to the memory of Kenny's dad, Carl.
The recording session for Tell Someone became a time of healing with Gospel favorites, "Stepping On The Clouds," and "Shoutin' Time," along with such original compositions as "Mary Had A Little Boy," "I Know Why," and "Till I Get Home," that showcase Amanda's heartfelt vocals. Kenny adds that "Tell Someone How Precious He Is" is the theme for the whole album and is one of his favorites since he used to sing it in churches in his early days of performing.
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Studio: Rebel Records
Record Label E1 Entertainment
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.06" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2007
Publisher CROSSROADS #795
ISBN 0012417882 ISBN13 0032511182128 UPC 032511182128
Reviews - What do customers think about Tell Someone?
Kenny & Amanda to reach out & touch people with messages of their Christian faith Feb 1, 2007
Playing Time - 39:38 -- Kenny Smith started his music career playing Southern Gospel music in churches. His rock solid guitar work with the Lonesome River Band from 1995-2001 twice led to his winning IBMA's "Guitar Player of the Year." Smith's solo project, "Studebaker," showcased his fine songwriting and wife's soulful singing. A couple years have now passed since Kenny and Amanda turned plenty of heads with their defining bluegrass album, "Slowly but Surely" (Farm Boy FBR-1001), that included band members Ronald Inscore, Jason Moore, Steve Huber, and Ron Stewart. It helped formulate the band's original, contemporary sound characterized by beautiful vocals, expert picking, solid arrangements, excellent repertoire, and high recording quality. It also resulted in the band winning IBMA's 2002 Emerging Artist of the Year award.
A couple years later in 2004, the versatile Kenny & Amanda Smith Band debuted on Rebel Records with their 2004 "House Down The Block" project. Now, in 2006, their first gospel CD, "Tell Someone," introduces us to three new young musicians in the band - Jason Robertson (mandolin), Jason Davis (banjo), Zachary McLamb (bass). All three are very solid instrumentalists, but one minor complaint is that I can hear some of McLamb's strings snapping on the fingerboard of his bass, particularly on the up-tempo numbers. While some of that would be acceptable in a secular bluegrass set, I found it just a tad distracting in a spiritually-tinged gospel set. Daniel Carwiles fiddles on seven of the tracks. Most of the band's vocal arrangements are sparse with only Kenny's tenor harmony below Amanda's lead vocal, but six tracks add a third harmony line courtesy of Rhonda Vincent (1 cut) or Wayne Winkle (5 cuts). The opening cut, "Shoutin' Time," illustrates the similarity between Amanda's and Rhonda's voices as they trade lead vocals on the first and second verses. Laying vocal harmonies in below Amanda's high lead gives the band a personalized sound.
The album features standards that Kenny and Amanda sang while growing up in church while also showcasing strong and effective compositions from more contemporary songwriters such as Craig Market's "Mary Had A Little Boy," Clay Hess' "I Know Why," and Richard Gulley's "Till I Get Home." The intent of making this CD was clearly for Kenny and Amanda to reach out and touch people by sharing messages of their Christian faith. Their poignant closer, "Tell Someone How Precious He Is," embodies the overriding theme of their ministry through music. While they had been planning to record a gospel album for over a decade, the impetus for the album was provided when Kenny's father died in a tractor accident in March, 2006. With their calm assurance and devout belief, they are ready to face tomorrow and the continued opportunities and challenges that life will bring. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)