July 25, 2005 12:00 PM

Erika Jo

Erika Jo, an 18-year-old Tennessean who won USA Network’s Nashville Star competition last April, conjures up shades of Gretchen Wilson, Jo Dee Messina and even Jessi Colter, whose “I’m Not Lisa” Jo sings most affectingly on her appealing debut. Most songs have a more contemporary, feisty feel, like the bittersweet “Good Day for Goodbye” and the willful “I Break Things” (“I’m like a wrecking ball coming”). Through it all Jo displays a strong, controlled voice and an ingratiating style that doesn’t shy away from old-fashioned femininity.

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