I first heard of Missy Werner when I signed up to present my radio show (Lonesome Highway: www.worldwidebluegrass.com) a few years back and have been a big fan of hers ever since. Turn This Heart Around is the third Missy album in my collection and it’s fully loaded and chock full of bluegrass beauties. Not the hard driving banjo driven barnstormers that the big boys get up to, but more your gentle easy listening kind that you reach for when you just want to listen and chill out.
The CD includes songs from some of the best writers out there starting with Ashby Frank and drifting through a few of my favourite writers like Paula Breedlove, Eric Gibson, Larry Cordle before finishing with Carter Stanley. There’s a very distinctive Randall Hylton song and producer Jon Weisberger gets a few mentions. In fact all the writers are top class and Missy manages to do them all more than justice.
Gretchen Peters’ Main Street is a perfect track to showcase Missy’s fine voice and Hylton’s Rough Edges is a great tribute to the late lamented songwriting superstar, Eric Gibsons Rocks In The River and Carter Stanley’s I Got Wise set the bluegrass bar as high as it needs to go.