Dale Ann Bradley, "Don't Turn Your Back"
With a stunningly beautiful voice, Dale Ann Bradley has won the International Bluegrass Music Assn.'s female vocalist of the year honor in 2007 and 2008. Her sweet and soulful soprano breathes life into this wonderful collection of songs that runs the gamut from the Carter Family's "Fifty Miles of Elbow Room" to Fleetwood Mac's "Over My Head" and Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down." Bradley's originals are as strong as her choice of covers. The spirited "Ghost Bound Train" and thoughtful paean to Nashville "Music City Queen" were co-written by Bradley and Louisa Branscomb, while the latter's "Will I Be Good Enough" is a poignant ballad about the challenges of parenthood. Supported by a stellar cast of musicians, Bradley shines on every track.