It's been nearly five years since singer/ guitarist Tedeschi's inaugural Tone-Cool collection Just Won't Burn put her on the national map.

It's been nearly five years since singer/ guitarist Tedeschi's inaugural Tone-Cool collection Just Won't Burn put her on the national map. A Grammy Award nomination, touring, marriage (to guitarist Derek Trucks, who shines on several tunes here), and motherhood have ensued, but she returns to the racks with a seamless effort that plays to her formidable vocal and instrumental strengths. Leadoff track "Alone" finds Tedeschi scorching through a custom-tooled Hi Records homage recalling Al Green's and Ann Peebles' funkiest efforts. "Wrapped in the Arms of Another" and "Blues on a Holiday" immediately call the young Bonnie Raitt to mind, while the soul-searching title number (one of five with basic tracks produced by the late Tom Dowd) brings back memories of the youthful Etta James. But balladry isn't everything here: "I Fell in Love" demonstrates she can rip and rock out with the best of them.—CM