PAUL WILLIAMS & THE VICTORY TRIO, “Going To Stay in the Old-Time Way,” Rebel. 12 tracks.

Paul Williams is 13 years into his second career in bluegrass now.

And, at 77, he shows no signs of slowing down.

The man who was born Paul Humphrey made his mark initially in the influential Lonesome Pine Fiddlers around 1950 and went on to become a member of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys from 1957 to 1963.

Then, in 1963, he left the road and went to work for the post office, performing only at church functions.

But once he retired from the post office in 1996, Williams hit the bluegrass gospel trail with a vengeance.

His 1999 “Old Ways and Old Paths” was nominated for a Grammy.

“Going To Stay in the Old-Time Way” is his 12th album for Rebel Records since then.

Williams, one of the best tenor singers in bluegrass, is also a major songwriter.

His songs have been recorded by Martin, Ray Charles, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams Jr. among others.

He wrote three of the songs on “Old-Time Way” — “He’ll Calm The Troubled Waters,” “Kept And Protected” and “The Vision.”

Dan Moneyhun, the band’s guitar player, sings lead on two tracks — “I’ve Never Been This Homesick Before” and “It’s All Up To You.”

Some bluegrass gospel albums lean more toward gospel. But William & The Victory Trio don’t neglect the bluegrass. The album definitely fits both categories.

And listeners come away thinking death might not be such a bad thing after all, with lines like “Oh how can I wait till He calls me to join them on that beautiful shore” and “Everybody shoutin’ glory Hallelujah as we leave this sinful ground/What a time in heaven, when I put on a robe and crown.”

Good album by a bluegrass gospel legend.

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One Comment on “PAUL WILLIAMS & THE VICTORY TRIO, “Going To Stay in the Old-Time Way,” Rebel. 12 tracks.”

  1. great review..thanks Keith

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