Daily News (2010)

Bluesy singer/song- writer Jenn Cleary isn’t quite a household name, but she has a growing base of followers that includes new Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, who became a fan a few years ago when he was managing the Colorado Rockies. “Back to the Wheel” is the Colorado native’s sophomore full-length and finds her channeling the likes of heavyweights Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt throughout the 12-track release. The record kicks into high gear with the piano boogie of “Last Day of Vacation Blues” and continues with a series of keep- ers that include the Joplin-esque title track, “Completely Free,” “Moments of Grace,” “Don’t Try and Change Me” and “Hope.” If you dig old school blues-tinged rock, Cleary’s latest is a worthy addition to your collection.  – Jeffrey Sisk