The Art of Virtue is the second CD by Nashville, Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Adrienne Young and her band, Little Sadie.
Young, a history buff, was inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s “Thirteen Virtues,” a copy of which was included with the CD, and distressed by the Republican Party’s efforts to leverage “moral virtues” during the 2004 presidential election. The anthemic title track, composed with Will Kimbrough, served as a mission statement of sorts for Young, both personally and professionally, and Franklin’s influence is apparent right from the opening lines: “Gonna start a revolution / made of action, not of words / Practicing the art of virtue / A Joyride on the learning curve.”
Based in part on the positive response to her 2004 debut release, ‘’’Plow to the End of the Row’’’, Young was able to attract many of Nashville’s top session players including members of The Del McCoury Band to play on the CD. The result was a noticeably more polished and professional sound that Young and her band, Little Sadie, would hone live in extensive touring throughout the latter half of the year. With the new incarnation of Little Sadie (fiddler and banjoist Eric Merrill, guitarist Hans