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Kenny & Amanda Smith Band

Guest Author - Chris Curtis

Music Commentary
Rising out of personal grief, Tell Someone breathes faith and hope of life beyond living. Kenny and Amanda Smith and their band bring a bluegrass treatment to a bevy of old southern gospel standards and the result is a rousing, foot tapping, upbeat project.

Kenny and Amada wanted to convey the message for us to all go back and tell someone one with conviction that there is life after death. We all have burdens throughout our lives but with faith we come through them and there is an ultimate goal to our lives. The message is joyously clear through the choice of cuts on the project.

Amanda's favorite cut on the project is "Mary Had A Little Boy" because of it's powerful message. The song is about taking kids to Sunday school but more importantly speaks to the issue of a parent's responsibility to instill faith in their children.

As you listen to the CD, you will clearly feel a connection between "Stepping on the Clouds" and "A Great Big Hand". Both are hard driving bluegrass arrangements. "Stepping on the Clouds" speaks of the journey of leaving this world and climbing to our final reward, while "A Great Big Hand" speaks of God's hand assisting us through life. A third cut on the CD that captures a similar feel is "I Can't Sit Down", which describes the wonder of just arriving in Heaven. Again, the song is delivered in a joyous, hard driving bluegrass arrangement.

Musically, Amanda sings most of the cuts on the CD with back up vocals from Kenny and other guest performers. She has a wonderful clear voice that draws you into the music. Amanda was nominated in 2007 for Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year by SPBGMA Blues Grass Awards. IMHO, Amanda deserved the nomination. Kenny has had his share of awards over the years as well for his guitar playing and is considered on of the most influential flat guitar pickers on the bluegrass circuit.

The project is pure joy and a great listen. After you listen a few times, go "Tell Someone."

Project Title:Tell Someone
Artist:Kenny and Amanda Smith Band
Produced by:Kenny and Amanda Smith
Record Label:Rebel Records

Song List/Credits

Shoutin' Time(Luther Presley)
Somday Soon(Colbert Croft Joyce Kroft)
Mary Had a Little Boy(Craig Market)
Stepping on The Clouds(Linda Stalls)
Angels Calling at my Door(Fred Coates)
One More Chance, Lord(Steve Mowery)
I Know Why(Clay Hess)
I've Got More to Go to Heaven for(Jack Cambell)
Free Indeed(Roger Holmes)
A Great Big Hand(Squire Parsons, Jr.)
Till I Get Home(Richard Gulley)
I Can't Sit Down(Wade Manner)
Tell Someone How Precious He Is(Reagan Riddle)

Band Members
Amanda Smith Vocals, Kenny Smith Guitar and Vocals, Jason Robertson Mandolin, Jason Davis Banjo, Zak McLamb - Bass

Guest Artists/Musicians
Rhonda Vincent, Wayne Winkle, Daniel Carwile

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