The Daughters of Bluegrass

Back to the Well

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The idea of Back to the Well is such a good one and so simple that it's surprising no one thought of it until 2006. While traveling with a bluegrass band, both Lorraine Jordan and Gena Britt noticed that there were a plethora of good, female singers and musicians within the field. Why not put a recording project together that celebrated these voices? Back to the Well, then, represents the talents of some 18 women on 13 tracks, and it all sounds great. The only downside is that the CD doesn't do a very good job of letting the listener know who's playing and singing on individual tracks (since the arrangements are rather spare, there's no indication that all 18 players are represented on every track). One might guess, for instance, that Lorraine Jordan sings lead on "Go Back to the Well," since she helped write it, but that would just be a guess. It's unrealistic to expect the average listener to know all of these singers and players well enough to pick them out on each track. Back to the Well is an exceptional way to show the important role women now play in traditional music, and a wonderful way to boost individual talents. Unfortunately, the failure to break down the lineup on individual tracks is a major shortcoming of the recording.

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