Abbey Waterworth’s Rose Bridge pays homage to the rich history of the Ozarks. Each of the album’s 14 cuts was written by a local songwriter. The selections span several decades and style, but she makes each her own. Among them are international hits; “Blue Kentucky Girl” by Johnny Mullins was nominated for a Grammy, Tom Whitlock’s “Take My Breath Away” won an Academy Award; Woody P. Snow’s “Rocky” hit No. 1 in 1975.
Waterworth, 19, gives plenty of space for the goofiness of “Chicken Train” by Ozark Mountain Daredevils before giving it the presence of a cinematic score. Both John Dillon (on mouthbow) and Steve Cash make appearances on the track. The compositions stay true to the previous recordings even while bending genres. Waterworth washes “Some Constellation” by indie superstars Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin in folk, and it works. Her vocal presence is stunning and the production by Nick Sibley is polished. Music lovers of 417-land will surely adore this collection of history.
The release party for Rose Bridge is Monday, August 8, 7 p.m. at Gillioz Theatre.