“Don’t date a singer-songwriter, or you’ll be humming your own mistakes,” Hayley Johnson ruefully advises as The Little Miss on the aptly titled “Fair Warning,” from her 2017 album, Pollyanna. The San Diego native, now based in Los Angeles, uses her comforting, assured vocals, sly lyrical observations and occasional whistling to craft intelligent new country-folk songs. “Thirty” is a bluesy acoustic plaint, while “A Week Into New Year’s Resolutions” is a more uptempo assessment of failed plans and dashed ambitions. “I want to be the American dream/I want to be apple pie and blue jeans,” Johnson declares forthrightly on “American Dream” against stark acoustic-guitar strumming. The American landscape provides another backdrop for The Little Miss’ ongoing search for happiness on “Red, White & True.”
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