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Adrienne Young & Little Sadie 

The Art of Virtue

Following up a debut album that received a Grammy nomination for Best Packaging may seem like an intimidating challenge, but Americana artist Adrienne Young took the task in stride. Her first release, Plow to the End of the Row, was inspired by her affinity for agriculture, and for The Art of Virtue, Young found her inspiration in the writings of Benjamin Franklin. Once again, the packaging is awesome, with a small "Book of Virtues" included, detailed song information, and a big dollop of life philosophy.

But it's what's inside the package that is most important, and Young delivers the goods once again. With a nice mix of traditional and original music, The Art of Virtue is a smooth and logical transition. Retaining her affinity for the music of the past and presenting her own material in a seamless blend, Young's work is a textbook example of just how important music history is in terms of contemporary influences. Collaborating with the talented Will Kimbrough, Young also invites noted bluegrass and Americana artists such as Rob McCoury, Fats Kaplin, and bassist Mike Bub to join the party. As a nod to her own roots and symbolic of her affinity for great work, Young concludes the album with a stunning version of the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace." How virtuous of her.

Adrienne Young & Little Sadie play Eddie's Attic Tues., Oct. 18, 8 p.m. $12. 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

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