BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Sideman to the stars, successful songwriter and co-founder of the all-star ensemble dubbed Daddy, Will Kimbrough has earned his stripes in a variety of studio settings, a much-in-demand guitarist whose contributions to other people’s albums have made him a notable presence all on his own. His solo endeavors may pale next to the work he’s done for others, but that doesn’t diminish Kimbrough’s know-how when it comes to putting together an effort under his individual auspices.
Sideshow Love, his latest in a series of outings that go back a decade or so, shows his savvy in any number of ways, from the swampy blues and weary rumblings of “When Your Loving Comes Around” and “Let the Big World Spin,” to the jaunty shuffle and cheeky asides of “Home Economics” and “Dance Like Grownups Dance,” to the more sobering designs of “Soulfly,” “I Can Count On You,” “Emotion Sickness,” and “Has Anybody Seen My Heart.” Despite the more modest trappings, Kimbrough succeeds in setting a distinct tone throughout, one that reflects an unassuming demeanour and quiet confidence befitting his talents and expertise.
To be sure, Sideshow Love likely won’t supersede those high profile turns he’s contributed to his more notable clientele, but it does affirm the fact that his place in the spotlight, no matter how modest or infrequent, is still well deserved. A sideshow perhaps… but one whose star could be considered a major attraction.
DOWNLOAD: “When Your Loving Comes Around,” “I Can Count On You,” “Dance Like Grownups Dance”