Jim Winters – Yearnin’, Like Riders In The Sky’s Ranger Doug Green has done previously, the smooth lead vocalist of the renowned Kansas band 3 Trails West has momentarily stepped away from those duties in a starring effort. A bunch of Jim’s Winters’ talented friends including bandmates are along for the ride, and a fine ride it is!
Winters’ title track “Yearnin’” is a true swinging amalgam of Western and Country elements with Honky Tonk and Blues. Thoughtfully laid out for variety, the album’s songs showcase everyone’s abilities well. And it’s so danceable!
Harmonies on various tracks come from 3 Trails West’s Roger & Leo Eilts and Notable Exceptions (Judy Coder & Jennifer Epps). Wait til you hear the ladies’ work on “Shenandoah!” Carolyn Martin sings on Winters’ “Sittin’ In A Honky Tonk” and hubby Dave’s sophisticated Swing sensibilities pervade the collection. Maybe you can tell I’m going to name every track as a “pick” in its genre. The singing, the playing, the production…this one is exceptional. Eleven tracks, very highly recommended.
CD: (available through JimWintersMusic.com)
– by Rick Huff
Jim Winters – Yearnin’’