I'm Staying Out

"Gorgeous" is the best term for this second full-length solo effort by former Whiskeytown vocalist/fiddler Caitlin Cary.

"Gorgeous" is the best term for this second full-length solo effort by former Whiskeytown vocalist/fiddler Caitlin Cary. Performing with her working band—augmented by guests Mary Chapin Carpenter, ex-Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed, and cellist Jane Scarpantoni —Cary wraps her honeyed pipes around a strong folio of original material (some of it co-written by a longtime creative sidekick, ex-Whiskeytown bandmate Mike Daly). The immediate standout is "Please Break My Heart," a country lament penned by Cary and Thad Cockrell that has "instant classic" written all over it. But other tracks like the ballad "You Don't Have to Hide" and the rocker "Cello Girl" also effectively show off Cary's Linda Thompson-like delivery. Producer Chris Stamey, who has helmed all the singer's work to date, puts a handsome yet unobtrusive sheen on the Americana-fueled proceedings.—CM