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Paul Williams and the Victory Trio

Where No One Stands Alone – 2007 (Rebel)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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In the past dozen years, former Sunny Mountain Boy Paul Williams has re-entered the bluegrass world with a fervor befitting his stature as a gospel singer and songwriter, and this latest release continues following the straight and narrow path laid down by its predecessors.

Williams' lead tenor voice has an old time timbre, yet he sings with the clarity of a southern gospel quartet, a combination that renders songs like the Mosie Lister penned title track or Williams' own arrangement of Albert Brumley's "Thank You Jesus" with the the crackling energy of a camp meeting Sunday.

It's that old time religion that fuels the Victory Trio, with lots of songs about going on to heaven and advice on how to get there, from, "Beautiful Heaven" to "The Other Side Of Jordan." It's a message they deliver with conviction and an instrumental prowess that places them in the top tier of any list of current bluegrass acts, sacred or secular.