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Miss Willie Brown

Miss Willie Brown – 2011 (A&M/Octone)

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

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Miss Willie Brown, a duo consisting of Amanda Watkins of West Virginia and Kasey Buckley of Texas, is part of a breed of female artists in recent years that are kinda, sorta country in the vaguest sense. Like Bomshel and far more recently, The janeDear Girls, the sound is pumping, upbeat and far more rocking. It's bright sounding and lively, but ultimately doesn't cut very deep. That's evident from the lead-off Sick of Me with memorable lines such as "I'm gonna love you 'til you're sick of me" and "too much of a good thing is a bad thing."

The vocals from Ramsey and Watkins consistently are upfront and strong, energetic and clearly modern sounding. This Time Around has far more of a country feel with twangy vocals and more obvious country instrumentation and is, by far, the best song on the four-song collection. The track continues though the upbeat sound with the drums pounding away.

Get out the dictionary for the closing Couyon Crazy because chances are you won't have any idea what Couyon means. The word is a Cajun French term for a foolish person apparently. While there is fiddle, the sound recycles the upbeat music and upfront vocals. Yes, there's fiddle there, and chances are this would be very lively in concert, but like the rest of the EP, Miss Willie Brown fails to do much to set themselves apart from the competition.