Black Rose Acoustic Society Review – “I fell in love with this album the first time I popped it in my CD player. Donna Hughes grew up in tiny Trinidad, North Carolina, and has been well known behind the scenes in Nashville as a songwriter. Donna was trained in classical piano, but has hung in bluegrass circles for years, writing songs recorded by Alison Krauss, The Seldom Scene, and others.  Donna wrote twelve of the fourteen tracks on Gaining Wisdom which was produced by Tony Rice and features harmony vocals from Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson and others.  When you hear some of Donna’s piano blending with Rice’s melodic guitar, Scott Vestal’s banjo, and Rob Ickes’ Dobro, you’ll believe that the piano is a bluegrass instrument.  There are so many great songs on this album.  Sad Old Train is a straight-ahead bluegrass number about love lost and the subsequent heartache.  Bottom of a Glass tells the tragic tale of popular high school star succumbing to alcoholism and a ruined life.  Letters describes Donna’s bittersweet feelings upon finding that her grandmother had saved all the letters Donna had written her over the years.  Scattered to the Wind is a story of losing a parent, but also the insignificance of material things in the greater scheme of things.   Donna writes from her soul, and takes you on an emotional journey with each song.  This album also includes Donna’s version of Tim Stafford’s Find Me Out on a Mountain Top, and a bluegrass version of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, which is a delight.  I highly recommend this CD.”~ 7/5/07