Album: Butcher Holler, A Tribute to Loretta Lynn (Signature Sounds)

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Butcher Holler is the town where Loretta Lynn grew up.

It's also the name given to a project by the Bostonian Eilen Jewell, who is bursting with projects. This is a well-founded one: a programme of Lynn-written songs played by Jewell's crackling little combo with a hint of rockabilly fire. The voice is supple, open and slightly trite in its swinging. You won't be familiar with all the songs but they're pretty lapidary, as you'd expect. Lapidary and feminine and tough and tender. A semi-precious jewel of a record.