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Kenny and Amanda Smith

Tell Someone – 2007 (Rebel)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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In bluegrass music, gospel songs are such an ingrained part of the repertoire that it shouldn't come as much of a surprise any more when a successful band like the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band releases an all-gospel bluegrass album.

Like many bluegrass musicians, the Smiths were brought up listening to and playing in church, so this is more of a coming home party than it is a detour from their previous work. In fact, except for the lyrical content there isn't much difference musically from their secular selections.

The songs are a nice mixture of standards, classics and new compositions, kicking off in high gear with a spirited rendition of the southern gospel classic, "Shoutin' Time." Amanda Smith continues to prove herself as one of the genre's best vocalists on "Mary Had a Little Boy" and "Stepping On The Clouds," and fans of the group's crisp musicianship will enjoy the many uptempo tunes like "I've Got More To Go To Heaven For."