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Tina Adair

Just You Wait and See
Sugar Hill SHCD-3868

Tina Adair (vocals) Alan O'Bryant (background vocal) Keith Little (background vocal) Bryan Sutton (guitar) Chris Thile (mandolin) Charlie Cushman (banjo) Aubrey Haynie (fiddle) Viktor Krauss (acoustic bass) Jerry Douglas (dobro)

Midst of the Morning Rain / Just Me / Pray With Mama and Daddy / Another Heartache / By the Time It Gets Dark / Arrow / Crazy Love / Nobody But You / When My Time Comes To Go / These Tears / How Many Roads / Some People's Lives

Tina Adair is one of the young 'uns out there making Bluegrass music. At times she reminds you of Alison Krauss, without the whisper. But I wouldn't call this a straight Bluegrass disc, although five of the twelve tracks here would qualify. This is more of an acoustic music disc. And if this, her first disc, is indicative of her talents, we will be hearing a lot more of her.

And Oh My Gawd, look at the pickers on this thing! Bryan Sutton on guitar, Chris Thile on mandolin, Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Charlie Cushman on the banjo, Jerry Douglas adding some dobro, Viktor Krauss on acoustic bass. And then there is Mr. Alan O'Bryant and Mr. Keith Little adding background vocals. All of this makes for some mighty fine sounding music. Mighty fine indeed.

Just You Wait and See starts off with "Midst of the Morning Rain," written by Tina and her brother Keith. Aubrey Haynie's fiddle leads the intro, followed by Charlie Cushman's driving banjo. It's a good ole bluegrassy heartbreak song. Next comes "Just Me," another good bluegrass tune. Heartache is a killer bluegrass song. Come to mention it, my favorite tunes on this disc are the bluegrass ones. "When My Time Comes to Go" is a fast-driving traditional bluegrass number that should become a Jam Session staple. "These Tears" is a bluesy tune that features Jerry Douglas and Chris Thile. "How Many Roads" is another good bluegrass heartbreak tune. A lot of broken hearts in Bluegrass.

Most of the songs on this disc are good ones, with maybe the exception of Poco's "Crazy Heart," It's not that they didn't do a good job on it, it's just that the song was saturated by so much airplay in the 70s and 80s that any version of it is now one too many, even a bluegrass version. "Pray with Mama and Daddy" is a good tune, but it doesn't grab me.

Just You Wait and See is a good title for Tina Adair's debut album. It could of used a few more straight Bluegrass tunes. But overall it is an excellent disc. Just you wait and see, she's going places.

--Jeff Wall




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