DALE ANN BRADLEY, “Somewhere South of Crazy,” Compass Records. 12 tracks.
There’s a reason the International Bluegrass Music Association selected Dale Ann Bradley as its female vocalist of the year three times — 2007-2009.
She’s simply one of the best singers in country or bluegrass today.
It’s been 20 years since Bradley hit the national bluegrass scene as the lead singer for the New Coon Creek Girls. And her music today shows a depth and maturity that most country singers these days can only dream about.
The title track on “Somewhere South of Crazy” was co-written with Pam Tillis, who sings harmony.
The most powerful track on the album is Sarah Pirkle’s “Come Home Good Boy,” about a mother watching her teenage son go off to war.
Bradley’s “Round and Round” finds a woman leaving the place she wants to be because the man she loves just doesn’t care.
Her “Leaving Kentucky,” written with Jeff White and Kim Fox, is a ballad about a woman who leaves her home in the mountains to follow her husband and gets left alone with a child in Memphis.
Bradley has a penchant for turning rock songs into bluegrass. This time around it’s Seals & Croft’s “Summer Breeze.”
There’s the hard-driving blues of Bill Monroe’s “In Despair,” the gospel of “New Shoes” and “I Pressed Through The Crowd” and duets with Steve Gulley on “Restoring The Love” and “Will You Visit Me On Sundays.”
The album includes a beautiful live version of “Old Southern Porches,” recorded in Grass Valley, Calif., in 2007.
Another great album by a great singer.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.CompassRecords.com.