Bosque Brown

Saturday

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Bosque Brown

Baby (Burnt Toast Vinyl)

Mara Lee Miller's voice ties a knot in your stomach, and as Bosque Brown, she pours it on like salt over the music's sugar. The Denton-based singer-songwriter has progressed from 2005's lo-fi debut, Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller, filling out instrumentation and getting Chris Flemmons of the Baptist Generals behind the boards. The slow piano trot of "Went Walking" simmers in old time religion, while "Whiskey Flats" channels early century folk. "This Town" squirms on a Beatles-esque melody. For a sophomore effort, it's clean and well-produced, but toward the end, dusty songs of the Texas Hill Country and small towns start to feel claustrophobic in their repetition, like Miller retracing her footsteps down the same street. You almost want her to really belt one out or talk about a no-good man to untie that knot. (Sat., Habana Bar, 11pm.)

**.5

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