Charlsey Etheridge is a new talent in Nashville with a radio-friendly voice.
Her first album, though, is largely a calling card, showing what she can do with a song.
There are no original songs on the album.
It’s a blend of gospel, folk, country and bluegrass with a little swing and jazz thrown in.
You’ll find a piano, electric guitar and percussion on some of the songs. And some traditional bluegrass fans will be turned off by that.
But these are mostly gospel, country and bluegrass standards that Etheridge is putting her stamp on.
There’s “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Keep Your Eyes on Jesus,” “Amazing Grace,” “Land of Beulah,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”
Etheridge’s take on “Blue Moon of Kentucky” is more Elvis than Monroe. And “In The Pines” is more jazz than bluegrass.
“Filipino Baby,” a song the Dalton, Ga., native learned from her grandmother, dates back to the Spanish-American War. But it gained popularity again during and after World War II.
She makes them all sound fresh.
Etheridge obviously has the talent to make a name for herself in bluegrass.
Hopefully, her next album will include original material that will establish her presence in the genre.
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