I’m so honored to work in collaboration with the wonderful take-away style video blog Shaker Steps. A site based out of Lexington, Kentucky, Shaker Steps’ main goal and mission is to share the music coming out of the area as well as the great acts rolling through the city, while showcasing some of the local mom-and-pop stores and other unique attractions the city has to offer. Case in point, this brilliant session at Longwood Antique Woods with Tyler Childers featuring Russell Waddell. A maverick in the business of reclaiming and recycling wood, Longwood and its rustic atmosphere is an excellent setting for the organic country-inspired folk and Appalachian drawl in Tyler’s voice and Russell’s banjo expertise.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains in Kentucky is a little town called, Paintsville, where the economy is dependent on the dying coal industry and a tradition of music thrives with the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum and Butcher Hollow. Carrying on the music tradition is native son and current Lexington, Kentucky resident, Tyler Childers.
Paintsville is located in the Big Sandy River Valley of Johnson County in Eastern Kentucky made famous for its lawlessness, religion, and booze, and a song about a horse thief, a rambling man, and an attempt to gain some good ol’ Appalachian self-justice is what “William Hill” is all about. Following his “Papaw” around to the Kentucky social institutions – church events and barber shops to name a few– as well as a lot of coon hunting with his dad, Tyler has heard a tale or two about the misadventures of a few good ol’ boys. So, out of these what I’m sure are tall-tales, as almost every personal account eventually turns into in Appalachia, came the narrative ballad of “William Hill.”