They're described as the White Stripes of country, a come-on that does nothing for this listener. As it turns out, this male-female duo brings a whole lot more for us than that other, more famous pair.

Linda Kay Parker plays acoustic guitar and “Samsonite suitcase kick drum,” but first and foremost she's a striking torch-and-twang singer, the Patsy Cline richness of her voice augmented by some Wanda Jackson fire and Dusty Springfield smokiness.

Danny B. Harvey's dynamic electric guitar, meanwhile, veers from crisp, Merle Travis-style finger-picking to hot rockabilly runs. Together, Parker and Harvey give this retro-fueled set of nearly all originals an excitingly fresh blend of rawness and polish.

Grade: B+