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Dale Ann Bradley

Cumberland River Dreams – 2001 (Doobie Shea)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Dale Ann Bradley has one of the sweetest voices in all of bluegrass. She first gained national attention as the lead singer of the New Coon Creek Girls, recording a number of albums with the group. The band re-grouped in the late '90's and is now known as Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek.

Bradley¦s new solo disc is a delightful mix of traditional-sounding bluegrass tunes including "Lonesome For The Mountains," "Piney Rose" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," re-worked pop hits, "Thursday" and "The Circle Is Small" and originals, "I Wish It Had Been You" and "The Rockin¦ Chair." Two more of her songs, "Granny Cat" and "Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt," co-written with longtime band mate Vicki Simmons, carry strong messages and help to show Bradley¦s strength as a writer. The two spiritual numbers, "Gonna Move On Out" and "Passin Thru," are among the best.

Bradley's supporting cast is strong, including Aubrey Haynie on fiddle, Dan Tyminski on guitar, Rob Ickes on dobro, Eddie Miller on mandolin and Michael McLain on banjo.

Her delivery throughout is smooth, and her vocal style doesn¦t overwhelm. This album shows that Bradley clearly deserves a place on the list with today¦s top female bluegrass singers.