House Down the Block

House Down the Block

by Kenny SmithKenny Smith


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A group knows it has something good going when it wins the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award, and it's only a short step to the recording studio. House Down the Block gives the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band a chance to prove just how good they are to everyone who hasn't had a chance to catch them on the road. The Smiths are joined by mandolinist Ron Inscore, bassist Greg Martin, and banjoist Steve Huber for a lively set of traditional and original material. The band meets expectations because of its strength as a band: everyone does something well, and when it all comes together, the total effect is greater than the sum of its parts. Even a throwaway song like "Stay a Little Longer" receives a fine treatment, highlighted by Kenny Smith's nifty flatpicking. Amanda Smith handles most of the vocals and handles them with aplomb, bringing a lively depth to each lyric. It will probably seem a bit odd to have so many heartbreak songs -- "Where Love Went Wrong" and "Why Don't You Just Say Goodbye" -- performed by a husband and wife team, but then again, heartbreak has always been a gristmill for songsmiths. House Down the Block finds the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band living up to their rep.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2004
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511179821
catalogNumber: 111798
Rank: 87439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Smith   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Steve Huber   Banjo
Greg Martin   Upright Bass
Amanda Smith   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Ron Inscore   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Hal Ketchum   Composer
Buck Owens   Composer
Ronnie Bowman   Composer
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Bobby Harrison   Composer
Steve Huber   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
David T. McCarty   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Kenny Smith   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Dulin   Engineer
Glenn A. Tabor   Engineer
Alan Bartram   Composer
Becky Buller   Composer
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band   Producer

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