Dan Tyminski Wheels

To bluegrass lovers, the name Dan Tyminski has become synonymous with consistent excellence. His reputation has been forged through a 13-year-long stint as a guitarist/vocalist in Union Station, Alison Krauss’ popular band. His solo career was seriously boosted by the surprising hit cover of the classic "Man of Constant Sorrow” (from O Brother, Where Art Thou?), a version that showcased both his vocal purity of tone and soulfulness. His second solo album, Wheels, is a strong effort. The musicianship of his band is impeccable and a couple of members, Adam Steffey and Ron Stewart, contribute to the songwriting. There’s no sign of his employer here but Vince Gill and the Whites add effective cameos. A cover of Kitty Wells’ classic "Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On?” is a highlight, while the instrumental "Knock Knock!” adds variety. The fluency of Tyminski’s vocals and guitar picking is neatly captured by Tyminski’s own production. He doesn’t take many stylistic risks here but few fans will be complaining about that. (Rounder)