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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About Adrienne Young

Adrienne Young was born in Tallahassee, FL, but grew up in Clearwater, just west of Tampa. She moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, partially to indulge her love of country music. Previously a member of folk-pop bands Big White Undies and Liters of Pop, her passionate singing, strong clawhammer banjo skills, and deft songwriting attracted attention when she won in the bluegrass category of the Chris Austin songwriting contest at MerleFest in 2003 for a song she had co-written with Mark D. Sanders called "Sadie's Song." Her first album, Plow to the End of the Row, produced by Nashville pop veteran and multi-instrumentalist Will Kimbrough, appeared on her own Addiebelle label late in 2003, and earned a Grammy nomination that same year for its packaging (each album included a pack of wildflower seeds). Adept at fusing old-timey string band sensibilities with modern pop overtones, Young and her band Little Sadie (which features Tyler Grant on guitar, Clayton Campbell on fiddle and mandolin, Amanda Kowalski on bass, and Steven Sandler on percussion) have proven to be a strong live act. A second album, The Art of Virtue, appeared in 2005, followed by Room to Grow in 2007. ~ Steve Leggett

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    Tallahassee, FL

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