Billie Jo Spears

Just Singin'

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Billie Jo Spears' 1972 album Just Singin' perhaps relies too heavily on covers of big country hits -- "Snowbird," "Apartment #9," "For the Good Times," and "Help Me Make It Through the Night," along with the much older "I Love You Because" -- to make the kind of individual impact this richly talented vocalist deserved. It's still a respectable set, though without standout songs tailored to the best of her strengths. She makes a good honky tonk rabble-rouser out of Faron Young's "Goin' Steady," and her version of "Snowbird" absolutely eats the more famous Anne Murray hit for breakfast, helped by a fine buoyant arrangement with gliding steel guitar.

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