McDonnell's fourth solo release overall and first for Appleseed is an engaging, though particularly subdued, listen.
A multiple songwriting awards winner and staple of folk fests far and wide, McDonnell's warm, understated soprano and crisply, graceful picking instantly rewards and delights the ear. But even with producer/multi instrumentalist Scott Petito, Marc Shulman, Sam Brewston, Mindy Jostyn, and Beth Reineke supporting her, stick-to-the-rib, provocative songs like Mercy, Go Down Moses and her bluesy arrangement of the trad Railroad Bill are surrounded by surprisingly routine fare like Tumbleweed, Hey Joe, and Mayday. Her mild take on Steve Earle's Goodbye Song involuntarily leads you to Emmylou Harris's consummate version on Wrecking Ball.
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