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In the Wind


Me and My Amer­i­cana

Lovers of the Bak­er­field sound and Mr Dwight Yoakam should check out this Cal­i­for­nian singer. Heather Myles is glo­ri­ously old-fash­ioned in both her songs and her singing. She has been around for a num­ber of years, but ap­par­ently the honky­tonk ethos doesn’t hold much at­trac­tion for the Nashville elite, so progress has been slow. How­ever, this col­lec­tion, with its nods to Tammy Wynette, Ge­orge Jones and oth­ers, has the right mix of lachry­mose emo­tions and loose-liv­ing. It also rips along at a fair pace – no track is longer than three-and-a-half min­utes; this is a woman who know how to keep a honky­tonk steam­ing. The bulk of the ma­te­rial is her own, in­clud­ing the Tex-Mex flavoured

Don’t Call Me, on which she duets with Wil­lie Nel­son, though the pick of the bunch is the storm­ing opener,

When Did You Stop Loving Me, and

Wanda Jack­son’s big bal­lad RIght

or Wrong. www.heathermyles.com

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