Veteran IBMA award winning, North Carolina singer/bandleader Lorraine Jordan and her band Carolina Road come through with flying colors on their first release for Rural Rhythm Records.
Jordan’s traditional-style CD is powered with first class picking, imaginative song choices, and Jordan’s lowkey, but compelling vocal performances. The singer and her gifted ensemble serve up rousing versions of timeless gems by Bill Monroe (“Stay Away From Me”), Ernest Tubb (“You Won’t Ever Forget Me”), Hank Bowman (“You Don’t Know The Blues”), and Don Robertson (“Born To Be With You”).
This solid collection is rounded out with the commanding title tune (penned by Louisa Branscomb), a pair of lovely ballads by Paula Breedlove (“Carolina Blue” and “No Smokey Mountains”), and a couple of Jordan’s own fine originals, the lovely “Carolina Memories” and her elegant theme song “Lady Of Tradition.” (Rural Rhythm Records, P.O. Box 660040, Dept. D, Arcadia, CA 91066, www.ruralrhythm.com.) BA