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Little Miss Higgins 

Across the Plains (independent)

Little Miss Higgins comes from another era; one can only surmise that the roaring ’20s are still raging on in the Saskatchewan village she hails from. Higgins wraps her deep, rich blues voice on tales from the traditional to the ridiculous, like “Bargain! Shop Panties” (“So lovely, so divine, I buy ’em all the time, my Bargain! Shop panties”) and “Glad Your Whiskey Fits Inside My Purse.” This record features more jazzy arrangements than her last, with sounds stretching from blues to jazz to big band, covering everything from Canadian history to contemporary mythology to the blues and boozing. You’re left with the sense that, despite her talents, Little Miss Higgins doesn’t take herself too seriously---plus a strong desire to surreptitiously down a bottle of whiskey with her at the back of a bar.

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