CD Reviews: Hayden and Rhonda Vincent

<p>Hayden’s confidence and talent are on full display here. In Field &amp; Town moves back and forth from tender soft tracks to more whimsical and catchy folk pop ditties. The simple horn and piano arrangements complement the songwriting, creating a warm sound that stays with you long after the last note is played.</p>

 



 

 




Hayden

Album: In Field & Town

Label: Hardwood

Released: Jan. 15

**** (out of five)

 




Hayden’s confidence and talent are on full display here. In Field & Town moves back and forth from tender soft tracks to more whimsical and catchy folk pop ditties. The simple horn and piano arrangements complement the songwriting, creating a warm sound that stays with you long after the last note is played. Consistently pleasant from start to finish, this is some of the most charming music Hayden has produced.










Rhonda Vincent

Album: Good Thing Going

Label: Rounder Records

Released: Jan. 15

*** 1/2 (out of five)





Hybrids are all the rage these days, so maybe it’s not surprising to hear bluegrass’ perennial female vocalist of the year modernizing the genre a tad with Good Thing Going. Vincent infuses her golden voice with some all-star pickin’ and playin’ into a mix of country-fied bluegrass ballads and revved-up standards. The results have a polished sound that may be too nice for some – but with a Keith Urban cameo, this album should get good mileage with new country fans.


 
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