Holly George-Warren
September 06, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

Over nine years and four recordings, Willis’ warm, butterscotch voice has put its delectable stamp on everything from mainstream country ballads to frisky roots-rockers. On the mostly acoustic Easy, she gives a rollicking bluegrass reading of Paul Kelly’s ”You Can’t Take It With You” and a honky-tonk slant on Marcia Ball’s ”Find Another Fool.” Willis’ own title track (one of six here she wrote or cowrote) pierces the heart, with a mourn-ful fiddle adding even more poignancy to her vulnerable croon.

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