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Barry Scott & Second Wind

In God's Time – 2009 (Rebel)

Reviewed by John Lupton

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As yet another graduate of the Doyle Lawson University of Bluegrass Excellence, Barry Scott steps out on his own with a 14-track collection that proves that over the course of nearly a decade as lead singer in Lawson's band Quicksilver, he paid pretty close attention to the master's lessons. Part of a family tree that includes bands like IIIrd Tyme Out and Mountain Heart, Second Wind may be the truest to the Quicksilver style and tradition. After leaving Lawson in 2005, guitarist Scott put together a band (Jason Leek, bass; Matthew Munsey, mandolin; Travis Houck, Dobro; Zane Petty, banjo) that, on this all-gospel first effort, hits all the right notes.

Scott remains an outstanding lead singer, highlighted on cuts like The Only Thing That Matters and Living Daddy's Dream, both of which he wrote and on which Vince Gill makes cameo appearances. As would be expected, though, the harmonies are finely crafted, capped off in classic Lawson style by an a cappella quartet, A Glorified Body, with Leek, Munsey and Houck joining in. Though his Quicksilver successor Jamie Dailey is getting the major buzz these days, Barry Scott is heading up a first-rate band with a killer sound as well.