DONNA HUGHES/Hellos Goodbyes & Butterflies— Now I’ve heard of Donna Hughes and have even heard her, but it took the name of producer J.D. Crowe to make me really listen. What I’m listening to is some of the best vocal bluegrass available, I am sure, and what I would expect out of a Crowe-backed project.
Hughes lays out fifteen exceptional originals (one co-written with Keesy Timmer) which would have been worthy of any of my favorite bluegrass bands— Seldom Scene, Hot Rize, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver included.
The harmonies are beautifully done, the band tight as hell (the list of players is a who’s who of musicians I would drive miles to see) and the production superb. As for Hughes’ vocals, all I can say is, I’m in love.” Indie Musicology