Donna Ulisse – Showin’ My Roots

by Chuck Dauphin

Donna-Ulisse--Showin-My-RootsDonna Ulisse has always struck me as having the voice of an angel. That was long before her recent success in the Bluegrass field. As an artist with Atlantic back in the early 1990s, she totally won me over with a single called “Trouble At The Door,” which showcased her stunning vocal approach. Over the past few years, the singer has had success with a more acoustic approach, as well as with the breathtaking holiday album All The Way To Bethlehem.

For her latest project, the songstress reaches back to many of the songs and artits that have inspired her over the years. She puts her heart and soul into such classics as Loretta’s “Fist City” and Dolly’s “In The Good Old Days When Times Were Bad,” which are both highlights for her strong and powerful voice.

However,as good as those cuts are, it’s the deeper catalog cuts where the shines the most on. The Stanley Brothers’ “If That’s The Way You Feel” is a prime example of this – a truly jaw dropping performance. Ditto that for Loretta Lynn’s lesser-known “Somebody Somewhere.” On these cuts, Ulisse is truly a honky tonk angel. The disc comes to a close (much too soon, I might add) with the gorgeous and soaring “I’ve Always Had A Song I Can Lean On,” which sums up the way that we should all feel about the music we sing or write about. All in all, another impressive showcase for Ulisse. But, given her talent, I don’t think that’s going to surprise anyone!

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