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Will Kimbrough | I Like it Down Here

The veteran Nashville sideman pens a love letter to his Southern roots.

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Will Kimbrough is one of those musicians whose work you’ve undoubtedly heard — even if you’ve never heard of him. The veteran Nashville guitarist, songwriter and producer has lent his tremendous talents to Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffett, Todd Snider and countless others over the decades. After five years, Kimbrough finally puts himself front and centre again with I Like It Down Here, his long-overdue latest solo album. A love letter to his Southern roots, the 10-song set takes a clear-eyed inventory of the region’s triumphs, tragedies and touchstones, spinning tales of love and death, sin and redemption, wanderlust and patriotism. Naturally, Americana is the musical order of the day, with Kimbrough and his hickory twangy casually meandering through a rich, earthy landscape that encompasses jangly roots-rock, haunting Delta laments, Southern soul, country gospel, swampy torch balladry and rural folk. No matter the subject matter or the sonic setting, Kimbrough’s laid-back sincerity, casual wit and superbly understated musicianship make you feel right at home. You’ll like it down here too.