With a voice ready for contemporary country radio, Ernie Thacker keeps one foot in the traditions of bluegrass with one pointed toward concessions to more modern country sounds. As such, The Chill of Lonesome is bound to appeal to those not quite ready for the full-blown high-lonesome sound, but its lack of edginess will probably scare off those who value breakneck virtuosity and dogmatic traditionalism. That's not to say that the album suffers from a lack of musicianship, as bluegrass standouts like Dan Tyminski and Rob Ickes lend their voices and talents in the creation of smoothly shuffling bluegrass-lite variations on the themes of family, faith, and home. To be sure, at this stage Thacker still seems to be finding his stylistic footing as a solo artist, with the 11 cuts here all being covers and his arrangements coming off as rather indistinctive. All in all, though, even if he occasionally sounds like Garth Brooks doing a bluegrass album, Thacker has the voice, talent, and friends to ensure that he probably won't ever release anything downright unpleasant.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Fink