Picks and Pans Review: Crystal Shawanda

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Dawn of a New Day

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COUNTRY
Native American Crystal Shawanda, whose last name means "Dawn of a New Day," grew up on a reservation in Ontario. And with her raspy, bluesy voice, she brings plenty of earthiness to her country debut. Shawanda has her own "Redneck Woman" in "My Roots Are Showing," the honky-tonkish highlight: "You better love me when my roots are showing/Or I'll pack up my boots and be going." But she can go from tough to tender, as shown by the three-hankie ballad "You Can Let Go."

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