Louisiana gal Alecia Nugent’s in a good place these days, figuratively speaking, having announced her engagement to Blue Highway guitarist/songwriter/singer Tim Stafford. Their gain will soon be Nashville’s, too, as the couple plans to reside part-time in the vicinity. In the meantime, Nugent continues to serve up the compelling blend of classic and contemporary bluegrass and country music that has earned her three Rounder albums (including the latest, Hillbilly Goddess) considerable acclaim from critics, fans and fellow musicians alike. With a voice that can deliver strength and conviction as easily as vulnerability and pure romantic misery, Nugent can keep an audience hanging on every note with outstanding support from a band anchored on the low end by newly-arrived bassist (and outstanding harmony singer) Beth Lawrence. There’s much to be said for new developments, but at the end of the day, Nugent’s music is simply what country and bluegrass are supposed to be.