Home | Audio Reviews |Audiophile Shows | Partner Mags News

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
Alecia Nugent
Hillbilly Goddess
Review By Steven Stone
Click here to e-mail reviewer

 

  When Rounder signed Alison Krauss they struck commercial gold. She's sold more CDs than the all the other artists in the Rounder Catalog combined. Judging from the upscale image and packaging on Alecia Nugent's latest, Hillbilly Goddess, I suspect that Rounder is hoping for lightening to strike twice. But Nugent is far more hillbilly, and less mainstream, than Krauss. That's Nugent's appeal she is a true hardcore bluegrasser who delivers more down-home fire than even reigning bluegrass queen Rhonda Vincent.

Alecia Nugent burst onto the scene in 2004 with a self-titled album. In my review I wrote, "Her debut album harkens back to the days when bluegrass was new and direct unadorned voices with a country twang were the norm. Populated by refreshing neo-traditional arrangements this self-titled release presents a strong case for Alecia Nugent's imminent stardom." 2006 saw the release of her second album, Little Girl A Big Four-Lane. It continued Nugent's upward trajectory, featuring her direct vocal style and top-notch backup band. Since then Nugent has been honing her focus and image. The fruit of her labors is Hillbilly Goddess. Produced again by Carl Jackson, this album focuses even more on Nugent's interpretive strengths.

Like the great vocalist Bradley Walker, who joins Nugent on the Larry Cordle classic, "The Writing's All Over The Wall," Nugent's singing is a combination of nuanced guilessness and sophisticated simplicity. It is the antitheses of the sort of overwrought theatrics you hear on American Idol and from most pop divas. Nugent always finds the most emotionally direct way to get from A to B. Even the backing musicians, who include Tim Stafford on guitar, Adam Steffey on mandolin, and Andy Leftwich on fiddle, opt for concentrated power rather than flashy solos and fills. The musical results prove that Nugent is more than ready to take on all comers for the title of "Hillbilly Goddess."

 

 

Enjoyment:

Sound:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
 

Quick Links


Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews

 

Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Preamplifiers
Amplifiers
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews

 

Videos
Enjoy the Music.TV

 

Columns
Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles


Show Reports
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Florida Audio Expo 2020 Show Report
New York Audio Show 2019 Report
Capital Audiofest 2019 Show Report
Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) 2019
High End Munich 2019 Show Report
AXPONA 2019 Show Report
Zagreb AV Show Report 2019
CanJam Singapore 2019 Show Report
Salon Audio Montreal Audio Fest 2019
Click here for previous shows.

 

Other
Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty

 

Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions

 


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information

 

Partner Print Magazines
audioXpress
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HIFICRITIC
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
VALVE Magazine

 

For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics

 

Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!

 

 

    

Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us

 

All contents copyright  1995 - 2021  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.