Female singers — and female groups — have populated country music for as long as cowboys have ogled cowgirls. Lately, however, there’s been a rash of them, and the girl groups of country music are becoming as diverse as their male counterparts.
Sweethearts of the Rodeo, a duo made up of sisters Kristine Arnold and Janis Gill, sport a taut vocal blend that early on earned them comparisons to the great country brother acts (particularly the Everlys). Buffalo Zone, though, goes beyond pretty harmonies and comfortable country subject matter to explore a broader musical framework; in such songs as ”He Doesn’t Tell Me Anything” and ”What It Does to Me,” they create an absorbing psychological profile of a woman wrestling with the trials and disappointments of love. B+