Every once in awhile an artist comes along who upon first hearing causes you to stop whatever you're doing, turn your head, listen harder and ask no one in particular, "Who is THAT?" Such an artist is Alecia Nugent.
One cannot listen to this album and wonder how this can truly be a debut release. Alecia Nugent sings with the polish of a seasoned veteran. Her voice evokes memories of the first time you heard Patsy, Dolly or Emmylou. It is familiar and distinctive all at once. It cuts through the clutter of what you're doing and rivets you to the story of her song.
Nugent's bluegrass sound is supported by an all star cast that includes producer Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Sonya Isaacs and Ronnie McCoury. As accomplished as this stellar group is, their role on this recording is purely supportive. Nugent is front and center throughout the entire album, from the opening notes of Lester Flatt's classic I'll Stay Around" until the final notes of the closing Blame It on the Train.
Alecia Nugent isn't the next Alison Krauss or Dolly Parton or anyone else. She is the Original Alecia Nugent. Settle in. She's going to be around a long time.
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