14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida-bred, Nashville-transplant Adrienne Young performs traditionalist-based bluegrass, folk, country and pop that skirts each genre just enough to keep things fresh and surprising. Her live performances are noted for their fiery eclecticism and Room to Grow, her third album, features several intriguing turns that span the century for their inspiration. “Sgt. Early’s Dream / Maids of Castlebar” is a traditional folk workout with Young displaying her adept banjo skills. Joni Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris” sports an eclectic free-flow that’s close to Mitchell’s own free-spirit without coming off as a mere copy. “How is This World Better Now,” “Dark Around the Moon” and Dusty Owens’ “Once More” highlight an approach that owes a slight debt to Alison Krauss and Union Station’s sparkling bluegrass-pop lines. Adding to the intrigue, Young is joined by an impressive roster of guests: long-time conspirator, the multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough, banjo-pedal steel player Gordon Stone, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and bluegrass singer Dale Ann Bradley.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Florida-bred, Nashville-transplant Adrienne Young performs traditionalist-based bluegrass, folk, country and pop that skirts each genre just enough to keep things fresh and surprising. Her live performances are noted for their fiery eclecticism and Room to Grow, her third album, features several intriguing turns that span the century for their inspiration. “Sgt. Early’s Dream / Maids of Castlebar” is a traditional folk workout with Young displaying her adept banjo skills. Joni Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris” sports an eclectic free-flow that’s close to Mitchell’s own free-spirit without coming off as a mere copy. “How is This World Better Now,” “Dark Around the Moon” and Dusty Owens’ “Once More” highlight an approach that owes a slight debt to Alison Krauss and Union Station’s sparkling bluegrass-pop lines. Adding to the intrigue, Young is joined by an impressive roster of guests: long-time conspirator, the multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough, banjo-pedal steel player Gordon Stone, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and bluegrass singer Dale Ann Bradley.

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