Though short-lived in the radio format arena, the Americana movement broke barriers between country, blues, bluegrass, and folk. One who has capitalized on this freer world is vocalist John Cowan, formerly of the progressive New Grass Revival band. Always Take Me Back, tightly produced by Wendy Waldman, erases so many genre boundaries that it defies classification. Cowan and his band rock out on the old blues standard “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” blend Bela Fleck and the Who in their interpretation of John Anderson’s “Long Distance Runaround,” and put rockabilly on speed for Richard Ford’s “Two Quarts Low.” Cowan’s amazing tenor voice is at its sweetest on his own material. On “Call Me” it's elastic and easy, with an occasional R&B growl thrown in for passion; for the family-ties tune “Blood” and the romantic “Love Alone," it's pure pop; then he returns to driving bluegrass for “Monroe’s Mule.” With this combination of styles, Always Take Me Back is headed straight into the hearts of the progressive folk audience. And bluegrass fans will be forgiving, because in his own way, and through most of the set’s instrumentation, Cowan stays true to his roots.