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Tina Adair

Just You Wait and See – 1997 (Sugar Hill)

Reviewed by Mark "Brink" Brinkman

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While pictured on the cover posed with her mandolin, Tina Adair does not play the mandolin or fiddle here as she does for her family's band, The Adairs. She leaves the mandolin duty to teen phenom Chris Thile and the fiddle to Aubrey Haynie. Who could blame her? Front and center is her strong, crystal clear voice. At only 18, she posesses a voice of one much more mature. Even so there are times the teenage voice does sneak through.

What she does have is her own unique way of phrasing that gives her a wonderful distinctive style. Adair uses this talent especially on "How Many Roads" and a very effective arrangement of the Poco hit "Crazy Love." She also shows promise as a songwriter with "Midst of the Morning Rain" and "Pray With Mama and Daddy." The latter however tends to drag on a bit at almost six minutes in length. With "When My Time Comes To Go" and "These Tears" she shows she has the versatility and power to sing a hard drivin' bluegrass tune or turn a beautiful ballad.

With this solid debut project Adair may be a force to be reckoned with on the bluegrass scene.