Posts Tagged ‘Kenny Smith’

An interesting story here. The Rev (John Wiley Nelson) is a singer songwriter from Provincetown, MA, who also spends about half the year living in Portland, OR. He is in his 80s and suffered a serious bout of throat cancer two years ago. During his treatments he wrote an album’s worth of material, and entitled the album his “Swan Song,” thinking it might be his last CD. He recorded the vocal tracks during his recovery, and is now on the mend, doing very well indeed! So, perhaps this CD is not his “Swan Song?” We will see. 

The album is fairly stripped down production-wise, mostly acoustic instruments in a folk format. The guitar work was done by guitar genius Kenny Smith. Stuart Duncan recorded the fiddle tracks, and I was delighted to get Chip Bush, Sam Bush’s cousin, who lives near Louisville, to play the mandolin tracks. Randy Kohrs added magical, lyrical dobro tracks. I played bass and added lead guitar on one song, and electric piano on one. All in all, the CD has a lovely feel and is worth a good listen!