FRONT PORCH STRING BAND, “Hills of Alabam,” Rebel Records. 13 tracks.

If angels don’t sound like Claire Lynch, they should.

Lynch, a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year, has one of the most beautiful voices in country or bluegrass.

But the problem for Lynch’s legion of fans is the long wait between albums. Her last new album was released three years ago.

And that’s a long time to wait.

But Rebel Records has just released “Hills of Alabam,” a compilation of tracks from The Front Porch String Band’s albums from 1981 and 1991.

Her name might not have been out front in those years, but there was no doubt that Lynch was the star of the show.

There’s also a track — “The Day That Lester Died” — from Lynch’s performance on Mark Newton’s “Follow Me Back To The Fold” album from 2000.

The songs may be 10, 20 or 30 years old, but they sound as fresh as they did back then.

Songs include “Kennesaw Line,” a story song about a Civil War battle told by a dying soldier; the title cut about traveling and dreaming of home; “Natchez Trace,” a dreamy song about a Mississippi highway; “The Singer,” a song about a man who was a dreamer;  Stephen Foster’s “Hard Times”; A.P. Carter’s “Wabash Cannonball”; and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Go My Way.”

It’s a good album that should help tide fans over until the next new Lynch album.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.CountySales.com.

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