11 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nothing But Love introduced U.S. audiences to this unstintingly wholesome Canadian family trio. Thanks to the sentimental storyline of “26 (Cents Sign),” the Wilkinsons became a familiar presence on country radio for years to come. It’s true that these tracks are mostly cheerful, undemanding fare. But even the grouchiest country fan can’t help but acknowledge the luster of the Wilkinsons’ harmonies, as well as Steve’s sure grasp on songwriting essentials. Sixteen- year-old Amanda proves herself a precocious lead vocalist, suggesting a young Wynonna Judd with her bluesy phrasing and small-town charm. She celebrates teen romance in the buoyant “Fly” and “Boy Oh Boy,” then laments parental interference in the wistful “Williamstown.” Her most spirited moment comes in “The Yodelin’ Blues,” spurred on by some tasty acoustic guitar and piano backup. Fourteen year-old Tyler explores the pangs of first love on “The Word” and “Don’t I Have a Heart.” Dad also has his moment to shine on the lilting “One Faithful Heart.” When it works, Nothing But Love captures old-fashioned innocence with winning sincerity.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nothing But Love introduced U.S. audiences to this unstintingly wholesome Canadian family trio. Thanks to the sentimental storyline of “26 (Cents Sign),” the Wilkinsons became a familiar presence on country radio for years to come. It’s true that these tracks are mostly cheerful, undemanding fare. But even the grouchiest country fan can’t help but acknowledge the luster of the Wilkinsons’ harmonies, as well as Steve’s sure grasp on songwriting essentials. Sixteen- year-old Amanda proves herself a precocious lead vocalist, suggesting a young Wynonna Judd with her bluesy phrasing and small-town charm. She celebrates teen romance in the buoyant “Fly” and “Boy Oh Boy,” then laments parental interference in the wistful “Williamstown.” Her most spirited moment comes in “The Yodelin’ Blues,” spurred on by some tasty acoustic guitar and piano backup. Fourteen year-old Tyler explores the pangs of first love on “The Word” and “Don’t I Have a Heart.” Dad also has his moment to shine on the lilting “One Faithful Heart.” When it works, Nothing But Love captures old-fashioned innocence with winning sincerity.

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About The Wilkinsons

Belleville, Ontario's Steve, Amanda, and Tyler Wilkinson have enjoyed tremendous success since the release of their first single, "26 Cents." The Wilkinsons' debut album, Nothing but Love, gained them some momentum and notoriety while projecting a wholesome, family image of father, daughter, and son. Award nominations began pouring in, including CMA's Horizon Award and Vocal Group of the Year and the Academy of Country Music Awards' nomination for Single of the Year. The 2000 release of Here and Now, their second album, won the trio accolades with the Canadian Country Music Association for Best Album. The smash single "Jimmy's Got a Girlfriend," featuring the vocals of a maturing Tyler, was the album's biggest success. Shine appeared in spring 2001. ~ Rick Cohoon

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