Little Miss Higgins Junction City

Listening to this album is like stepping into an aural time machine, with controls set to the late ’30s. This country blues singer-songwriter/guitarist from Nokomis, SK, has mastered the sound and style of this era with astonishing accuracy. She earned praise for her debut CD, Cobbler Shop Sessions, and this follow-up deserves to provide a major career boost. Higgins has a bright and clear vocal style, and is equally at home on original tunes and covers like the classic "St. Louis Blues,” Mississippi John Hurt’s "Frankie” and "You Ain’t Done Nothing To Me” by Memphis Minnie, clearly a major inspiration. She proves herself a fluent guitarist, and the use of ’30s National Resonator guitars by Higgins and rhythm guitarist Foy Taylor adds to the retro vibe. A couple of crisp instrumental tunes add variety to one impressive disc. This is recommended to anyone who has enjoyed Maria Muldaur’s recent blues albums.