Highway of Dreams

Highway of Dreams

by Bradley WalkerBradley Walker


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Bradley Walker has been singing country music since his toddlerhood, and throughout his youth he performed in a variety of country and bluegrass bands. His debut as a solo artist finds him joined by a rather awe-inspiring array of guest artists who include Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, rising star Alecia Nugent, producer Carl Jackson and many other bluegrass and traditional country luminaries, and performing songs in that sort of mostly-acoustic-and-bluegrassy-but-with-drums style that is becoming increasingly popular. What's significant about this album is not the fact that Walker was born with muscular dystrophy and performs from a wheelchair, but that he sings like a cross between George Jones and Brad Paisley, in a warm, rich baritone voice that alternately nails and caresses the notes he sings. Traditionalism cuts both ways, of course: one of country music's great traditions is the marriage of sweet, hooky melodies with stomping honky tonk grooves, and Walker celebrates that tradition on such gems as the especially Jones-esque "When I'm Hurtin'" and the gorgeous "Lost at Sea." Unfortunately, there are some other country music traditions that are less worth celebrating, and those are celebrated here as well: the well-established tradition of overly cute wordplay, often expressed in a gospel context ("A Little Change") and that of stupefyingly maudlin tearjerker lyrics, again often expressed in a gospel context ("We Know Where He Is"). If Walker's voice weren't so spectacular, songs like these would be unbearable. But most of the album showcases a perfect fit between his exquisite singing, the expert accompaniment of his session players, and thoroughly enjoyable honky tonk-bluegrass songs. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661058125
catalogNumber: 610581

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bradley Walker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rhonda Vincent   Background Vocals
Larry Cordle   Background Vocals
Ron Block   Banjo
Vince Gill   Background Vocals
Kevin Grantt   Bass
Rob Ickes   Dobro
Carl Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Bottle
Adam Steffey   Mandolin
Aubrey Haynie   Fiddle
Jerry Salley   Background Vocals
Tony Creasman   Drums
Sonya Isaacs   Background Vocals
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Jim VanCleve   Fiddle
Ron Stewart   Banjo
Russell Moore   Background Vocals
Clay Hess   Acoustic Guitar
Brandon Rickman   Background Vocals
Alecia Nugent   Background Vocals
Cia Leigh Cherryholmes   Background Vocals
Cia Cherryholmes   Background Vocals
Andy Falco   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Lefty Frizzell   Composer
Larry Cordle   Composer
Harley Allen   Composer
Chris Austin   Composer
Shawn Camp   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer
Gary Cotton   Composer
Glenn Garrett   Composer
Carl Jackson   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jim McBride   Composer
Larry Shell   Composer
Jenny Yates   Composer
Robert K. Oermann   Liner Notes,Author
Jerry Salley   Composer
Craig Market   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer

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