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Adrienne Young in Studio on World Cafe - 10/04/2005

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Adrienne Young Preaches the 'Art of Virtue'

Adrienne Young Preaches the 'Art of Virtue'

Adrienne Young in Studio on World Cafe - 10/04/2005

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Set List

Songs Adrienne Young and Little Sadie play for 'World Cafe':

  • "The Art of Virtue"
  • "My Love Will Keep"
  • "Hills & Hollers"

Bluegrass sweetheart Adrienne Young and her band Little Sadie's second album, The Art of Virtue, examines modern life through a prism of collective wisdom, the kind passed along in America's agricultural past.

Adrienne Young's new writing stems from her impressions of Ben Franklin's ideas of Amercan society. hide caption

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Virtue has been called sweet and uplifting, two adjectives often associated with their first full-length, Plow To The End Of The Row. And true to Young's debut, the new record hearkens back to simpler times while remaining contemporary.

That approach becomes evident without hearing a single song: Taking its title from the writings of Ben Franklin, the album includes an inspired cover of a Grateful Dead tune.

In her lyrics for the title track, Young writes, "Gonna start a revolution, Made of action, not of words, Practicing the Art of Virtue."

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