Jeannie Kendall emerged as one of country music's great female stylists on a string of late-1970s hits as part of the Kendalls, a duo that paired her with her late father, Royce.

Jeannie Kendall emerged as one of country music's great female stylists on a string of late-1970s hits as part of the Kendalls, a duo that paired her with her late father, Royce. She rises again on Rounder to stellar effect. Jeannie Kendall features impressive harmony support from the likes of Rhonda Vincent on the languid "Love Chooses You" and the tender "The Color of Her Eyes"; Alison Krauss on the staggeringly beautiful "Old Friends"; Ricky Skaggs on the Appalachian waltz "Smoky Lonesome"; Allison Moorer on the plucky ballad "Serious Doubt"; and Alan Jackson on the gorgeous stone-country duet "Timeless and True Love." Her father, who contributed vocals prior to his death, also shows up with harmony on a couple of cuts, most impressively on the Johnny Bond classic "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight." But this is purely and completely Ms. Kendall's platform, and her voice is indeed a wonder, capable of jaw-dropping heights and heartbreaking emotion—not to mention personality and charisma. The musicianship is appropriate acoustic perfection, and Jeannie Kendall is magic.—RW