Josh Wilson is a guitarist and songwriter living in Martinsville, VA. He has released a new CD that features his original music, and highlights his tuneful approach to flatpicking, as well as a number of excellent young musicians from in southwestern Virginia and West Virginia who, like Josh, are not well known in the wider bluegrass world.
Joining Josh on Last Man In The County are Brandon Green on banjo, Steve Accord and Alex Hibbits on mandolin, and Dustin Pyrtle on vocals. Wilson and Green take turns on bass.
Josh’s guitar style is lyrical and melodic, displaying his admiration for Kenny Smith. His instrumental guitar pieces reflect the same tunewriting sense that informs Kenny’s, and will be enjoyable for anyone who appreciates fine flatpicking.
The CD also includes a number of Josh’s songs, and some familiar bluegrass classics. He is ably supported by his fellow musicians, all of them friends who have played together for years.
Brandon Green is especially noteworthy on banjo. Green played for a time with The Abrams Brothers, but rarely unleashed his powerfully modern style in that band. Here, he is on fire and demonstrates his impressive technique and musical sensibility.
Dustin Pyrtle also shines on Last Man In The County. His voice is just right for this sort of material, and he doesn’t find himself in the spotlight this much in his regular gig with Amber Collins & No Speed Limit.