Wynonna & The Big Noise – Ain’t No Thing (Rating 3.5 out of 5)

wynonnaPretty much throw away any preconceived notions you may currently be harboring around Wynonna Judd.  This is the new and improved version, and she, along with her touring band, may have released the best record of her career with her latest record, Wynonna & The Big Noise.

Leaving the heavy lifting quill work to such heavyweight songwriters as Chris Stapelton, Kevin Welch, Raphael Saadiq, and The Eagles Timothy B. Shmidt, not to mention sterling side-person collabo’s from Susan Tedeschi, Jason Isbell, and Derek Trucks on a couple of tunes, who cares that she is heavily borrowing from the Bonnie Raitt vibe.  In this case, shedding her Country image in favor of a slightly lower key Blues Rock Chick seems to fit Wynonna quite well.

“Keeps Me Alive” is a pensive semi-stunner with some killer slide guitar work courtesy of Mr. Tedeschi, and “I Can See Everything” is a Timothy B. Schmidt song that would have fit in quite nicely on any of The Eagles albums.

Every song here is pretty good.  The album closer “Choose to Believe” has a bit of a swampy feel to it, “Jesus and a Jukebox” is about as spiritual as this set list gets, and “Things That I Lean On” is a real nice ballad that stands right up there with the best of her career.  Since this is her first batch of new, original tunes since 2013, it will be pretty much a shame of we don’t get another record like this before 2029 rolls around.