I guess if you take over a decade between albums, you can expect people might have forgotten you. But I didn’t. I remember when she was singing in a subway tunnel in Boston, and my buddy picked up her CD and sent it to me. It was stunning. Then her career was cut short, meanly, by a vocal condition. And somehow, she returned this year with a truly terrific record.
The single, Buddy Valentine, is a love letter to classic rock—mostly Bob Dylan—but the entire album is terrific. Not only has she recovered, Mary Lou Lord has gotten even better.