Odetta has frequently expressed her admiration for Huddie "Leadbelly"

Odetta has frequently expressed her admiration for Huddie "Leadbelly"

Ledbetter and his music, and with the release of Lookin' for a Home, she's used her storied vocal talents in the service of some of his best tunes, creating a heartfelt tribute to a great American singer/songwriter. This material, mainly country blues, is often presented via minimalist arrangements. Here, though, it's given a thorough treatment. Ten musicians joined Odetta for this session, including fiddler Gatemouth Brown, harmonica ace Kim Wilson, and Big Easy pianist Henry Butler. Odetta is terrific, bringing a stirring sense of drama to such tunes as "When I Was a Cowboy" and "Rock Island Line." And with Brown's roguish fiddle in support, she puts a dazzling swing in "Easy Rider."—PVV