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Art of Virtue

Adrienne Young & Little SadieAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 28, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Addie Belle
  • ASIN: B0009U5FQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,328 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Art Of Virtue
2. Bonaparte's Retreat/My Love Is In America
3. Hills And Hollers
4. Jump The Broom
5. My Sin Is Pride
6. My Love Will Keep
7. Ella Arkansas
8. Rastus Russell
9. Wedding Rings
10. Don't Get Weary
11. Golden Ticket
12. Walls Of Jericho
13. It's All The Same
14. Farther Along/Billy In The Low Ground
15. Brokedown Palace

Editorial Reviews

Adrienne Young & Little Sadie's The Art of Virtue is a fun, poppy country-folk album--more folk than country and more either than pop, but nevertheless accessible while remaining true to its roots. (There isn't a thing wrong with their renditions of the traditional "Farther Along" and "Bonaparte's Retreat"--this is a string band, featuring Young on clawhammer banjo, that knows what it's doing.) What really makes the album special, though, is Young's originals, whose earnestness it's hard not to get caught up in. Just try listening to the title track or "Jump the Broom" while sitting still. Another highlight is "Hills & Hollers," Young's elegy for the built-over American landscape ("There used to be hills and hollers here/Wild turkey and the white-tailed deer/Creeks runnin' crystal-clear/Water on its way to the Gulf of Mexico"). Like its predecessor, Plow to the End of the Row, the album is coproduced by the multitalented Will Kimbrough, who also lends his instrumental, compositional, and singing talents to many of the tracks. --Benjamin Lukoff

Product Description

Sophomore album from this seventh-generation native of Florida, born in Tallahassee and raised near Clearwater. She formed a jazz band at age 18 and toured within Florida but moved to Nashville to surround herself with songwriters. While working as a temp, often on Nashville's Music Row, she gathered enough money to start working on demos, which evolved into her debut album, Plow to the End of the Row. She also won the Chris Austin songwriting competition at MerleFest 2003 in the bluegrass category. After finishing the first version of Plow to the End of the Row, Young formed a backing band, known as Little Sadie, and re-recorded the album with them. Young performs on both the guitar and banjo. Addiebelle. 2005.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 58:15 -- Adrienne Young has a unique flair in her music that is an enchanting mix of old-time and pop with 21st century musical keenness and business acumen. Young's astute approach involves association with consummate musicians, charged-up arrangements, thoughtful messages, and bright and breezy vocalizing. Like her debut "Plow to the End of the Row," Young's sophomore effort, "The Art of Virtue," is on her own Addiebelle Records. One has to appreciate this talented, young lady's self-confidence as she continues to build her resume in a very competitive field.

"The Art of Virtue" was inspired in part by Ben Franklin's `virtues of man' writings and stories. Songs like "My Sin is Pride" and "My Love Will Keep" and "Wedding Rings" emphasize the themes of morality, goodness, and high levels of integrity. Her messages might have a nostalgic look back to yesteryear, but her music is very contemporary and soothing. There's certainly nothing wrong with a thematic album that appeals to us in a visceral way "down where the roots grow deep." Ballads like "Ella Arkansas" and "Rastus Russell" paint powerful pictures and tell engaging stories while incorporating country and acoustic blues riffs.

Art of Virtue features Young's proficient songwriting, some reinvented old-time fiddle tunes, the gospel standard "Farther Along," and the Grateful Dead's classic "Brokedown Palace." A Zydeco-flavored "Wedding Rings" is a spirited performance that gets us up and cutting a bean, while "Don't Get Weary" is an old-timey offering with frailed banjo, guitar, bones, resonator guitar, and voices. Young's lyrics offer mature and solid advice, usually gained from a lifetime of experience. Her smarts and wisdom belie her age.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Age lyrics or not, this is good music September 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I can sympathize with the reviewer who found Adrienne's interview on NPR too flaky for his taste. My flake threshold is also low, so I know what he is talking about. I bought a CD by Kimmie Rhodes and just loathed it for that reason.

But Adrienne Young is not that at all. This is great music that borrows from old timey country and bluegrass. I saw her at a hard-core bluegrass festival and she blew everyone away. The line for her CD booth stretched to the horizon. Adrienne plays a good clawhammer banjo and guitar, and her band is very good. And there are no wasted songs on this CD. Every one of them is a great song in its own right and very memorable.

I like hard driving bluegrass and I also like this. It comes closer to old timey and string band music than bluegrass, but it is very well done and the song writing is excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 2005 January 3, 2006
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The Art of Virtue is a wonderfully conceived and beautifully executed album from one of the brightest lights shining for the future of country music. Young, with her band Little Sadie, turns a perusal of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac into a album which contemplates both the history of our country and the place of a person trying to be good and true to themselves in current society. The album art even includes a book of the thirteen virtues for those who want to contemplate they (or even just contemplate the ones on which Franklin himself fell short.) Wrapped up in parables and poetry, Young delivers the goods on her Sophomore album, providing the perfect balance of an album that is intelligent and thought provoking as well as catchy and fun.

The album opens with the title track, a rousing bluegrass declaration of intentions which finds Young asserting "Gonna start a revolution/made of actions not of words/practice in the art of virtue/draw right on the learning curve." Next comes Little Sadie's rendition of the classic Bonaparte's Retreat. She follows this up with the song it inspired, "Hills and Hollers" about the changing landscape in America. A flurry of fiddle and banjo takes us back in time and traces the roots of the African slave ritual of "Jump the Broom" up the mountains where poor white people borrowed it's practicality in a place too few preachers ventured far too seldom. Will Kimbrough provides heavenly harmony vocals throughout the entire album, and few places is this more evident than on the lovely "My Sin Is Pride," a song about the strain pride puts on a relationship.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice bluegrass and more September 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Adrienne Young has a great honky-tonk voice that is perfect here. It hops and twangs just like the music.

The music is all fiddles, banjo, guitars, bass, drums and of course that fabulous voice. When the harmonies are present they are spot on. Perfect sounding.

The tempo makes you want to move.

I like to mention that packing if it blows me away. This one did. It's beautiful. The CD comes in one of those cardboard fold-out-into-three-parts cases. Inside is a little book called The Thirteen Virtues so you can keep track of your virtues daily. Then there's the "liner notes" book. Complete with all the lyrics, origins of songs, etc. The package also contained a sticker and a little card with the band info on it. All done in the same beautifully styled artwork that is on the cover. This CD is a great package all around, musically as well as artistic marketing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adrienne Young -art of virture review
I bought the product used, via a 3rd party vendor. It arrived promptly and in great condition. The album is stellar. There are a number of great songs on the LP. Read more
Published on August 1, 2010 by Eric Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
There are a lot of performers sort of incorporating old timey music into their style but I think Adrienne Young is one of the better ones. Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by James D Kirk Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars My god this woman has talent!
I was brought to tears upon first hearing Young's cover of the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace," and moments later I was surfing the net in search of anything with her name on... Read more
Published on May 30, 2009 by tick tock
5.0 out of 5 stars little sadie
I purchased two of these for Christmas gifts. We had seen this band at the Otis Mountain Bluegrass festival and they have become our new favorite band! Read more
Published on January 8, 2009 by Sharyn M. Hutchins
5.0 out of 5 stars going green with Sincerity in Song
I am especially taken with Adrienne Young - I saw and heard her "My Love will last" video in a restaurant in Pigeon Forge, TN and immediately knew from the lyrics that she knew the... Read more
Published on August 8, 2007 by M A Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs in great packaging
I could not believe the awesome packaging this CD came in when it arrived. In addition to extensive liner notes with all the lyrics printed, there was a sticker of the cover, a... Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by Argus Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Virtue
GREAT lyrics and music...loved the up-dated bluegrass sound and the beautiful packaging of the disc! Read more
Published on July 25, 2006 by Dezigner
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtuoso Performance
Excellent lyrics!

Masterful musicianship!

Beautiful voice!

This recording is simply superb!

Not a weak song on the disc. Read more
Published on February 13, 2006 by Sounding off
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed...
This CD came highly rated by several critics, making it onto several reviewers' "Top 10 Folk CDs of 2005" lists. Read more
Published on January 14, 2006 by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my new favorite CD!
If you get a chance, you have to go see Adrienne Young live with her fantastic band, Eric Merrill on fiddle, Kyle Kegerreis on bass and Hans Holzen on guitar. Read more
Published on September 25, 2005 by Pinouille
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