North Carolina fiddler Tim Smith has released a new album, titled simply Fiddler Tim Smith & Friends.
Smith has quite a bluegrass pedigree, having worked for three years with The Bluegrass Cardinals, and with five previous solo projects to his credit. He has also picked up his share of contest ribbons, including first place finishes at Galax, Union Grove and the North Carolina State Championship in the mid-1970s.
His friends on this new CD are impressive by any standard. Wayne Benson provides mandolin, Wyatt Rice, Jeff Huffman, and Andrew Smith are on guitar, Eric Ellis and David Holt play banjo, and Zachary McLamb is on bass.
The material is a comfortable mix of Smith originals and classic fiddle tunes, along with Bill Monroe’s Ashland Breakdown and Kokomo Arnold’s Milk Cow Blues.
A single, Broadway Limited (with vocals provided by David Guthrie) has been released to radio via Musik Radio Promotions. It’s a new tune with a decided Orange Blossom Special vibe and should be a hit with a wide variety of audiences.
There is much Kenny Baker about Tim’s playing, and his tunes. I can’t imagine a world where that isn’t a good thing. We’ll have more to say about this record after a more detailed listening.