William Coulter is one of America's finest Celtic guitarists and his 2004 release, THE ROAD HOME, once again proves his skill as an interpreter of both Irish and pop music. On this album, Coulter is heard in an intimate setting. In fact, most of these tunes feature Coulter performing solo. The spirited Celtic medleys "Jerome's Farewell to Gibraltar/Washington's March" and "Brave and Fearless/An Dros" are offset by lyrical readings of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" and Coulter's own "Pastorale." Coulter's rendition of "Amazing Grace" highlights his clean finger articulation and subtle, yet passionate, expression.
The title track closes out this warm and friendly set of music with an air of peace and serenity. On this selection, rich harmonics dot the musical landscape as Coulter mixes Irish filigree with American folk. Coulter's ability to make the guitar sing is a testament to his musical mastery. Using a combination of clawhammer and classical guitar techniques, Coulter shines on all 14 tracks. THE ROAD HOME's success doesn't depend on flash or virtuosity. Instead, this album's strength lies in its simple, sincere musical poetry.