When we hear about unplugged or acoustic albums, we hope that some favorite songs will acquire new vividness, often by escaping their original, over-produced arrangements.
Wil Roberts does just that, time after time, on his Solo Acoustic album.
And, what a lineup of songs. Drops of Jupiter, Friend of the Devil, Wichita Lineman, Quando, Quando, Quando…
One of the toughest challenges for an artist, seldom discussed, is the search for a character-voice for each performance. Roberts’ skills with vocal expression, arrangement, guitar technique, and harmonic accompaniment come together to provide one seamless experience after another.
Through a wide variety of stories, melodies, and points of view, his presentation is confident, believable and enjoyable. Buoyed up by strong, sophisticated guitar harmony, he creates experiences that allow the song to present itself with remarkable clarity and accessibility.
You never find yourself wondering, “What part of the country is he from?” or “Why did he pronounce that word that way?” Every song seems to get just what it wanted. That’s no accident, but a hard-won skill.
Solo Acoustic is the album title, but it’s also a musician’s secret code for one of the most challenging performance conditions ever—just you, your voice and your guitar.
This album is solid proof of Wil Roberts's talent and artistry.