A new Wayne Taylor project is always a joy to find in the mailbox. Wayne is a prolific songwriter and this new CD is chock-full of his songs. He’s joined in the studio by Dale Ann Bradley (vocals), Emory Lester (mandolin, guitar), Rickie Simpkins (fiddle), Gaven Largent (resonator guitar), Kene Hyatt (bass), and Keith Arneson (banjo). Selections include the title cut “Movin’ On,” “My Baby’s Love,” “Hills Of Sonora,” “Forgiveness,” “Sing With Me,” “Off My Mind,” and “Havin’ A Ball.” “Red Is The Color” is a tribute to Wayne’s Native-American friend Jim Red Cloud from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and features an introductory prayer by Jim Red Cloud in his native language.
Wayne gives a new run on the old favorites “Old Home Place” and “Dark Hollow,” and he beautifully reprises the traditional folk tune “Scarborough Fair.” “Hills Of Sonora,” with its Southwest feel, and “Havin’ A Ball” about traveling the road are given nice waltz treatments. “Gamblin Man” is about losing it all to the drive of gambling and drinking. “Forgiveness” is the sole gospel tune, and “Sing With Me” is looking for that special person to share with. This is another of Wayne’s great projects sure to please his current fans and get him a whole bunch of new ones. (www.waynetaylorandappaloosa.com)BF