by JW Dunner
“The Real Thing,” which features some outstanding harmonies from the esteemed and respected Buddy Miller is a highlight – probably McBride’s most “Country” performance since her epic covers album Timeless from 2005. In years’ past, the powerhouse vocalist might have soared into the stratosphere, but she reigns in her power a little here, and the result is pretty staggering. The album closes out with another shift in direction, with the jazzy “You and You Alone,” which sounds like it would be right at home in the middle of a piano bar, with McBride handling the part of chanteuse quite well.
It’s great to have new music from McBride. Kudos to Scott Borchetta for starting up the Nash Icon imprint. Hopefully, with great albums from Reba, Hank Williams, Jr., and (soon, perhaps!) Ronnie Dunn, the success the label has enjoyed thus far proves there is still a market for some of the format’s all-time greats. It would be great if radio followed suit on this, but her longtime fan faithful will definitely be there to snap this up!