Collaborating with producer Dave Cobb helps Lillie Mae simultaneously sharpen and expand her focus -- a nifty, subtle trick that fuels Other Girls, her second album for Third Man Records. Lillie Mae operates in an undefined territory where ancient and modern music meet, a place where bluegrass can seem spacy but not quite lonesome. This is a distinct, delicate balance, one she hinted at on Forever and Then Some, but Other Girls benefits from Cobb adding a sense of spectral melancholy to the proceedings.
On her second album, Nashville spitfire Lillie Mae keeps tabs on everyone who's spurned her, and her tightly wound voice convinces you to join in. She can calibrate her disappointment to multiple settings: damning and plaintive on "You've Got Other Girls For That," deliciously scorning on "At Least Three In This Room." She can sound coolly independent and wounded at once, evoking Dolly Parton in one breath and Ariana Grande in the next. She's played the fiddle since she was three, touring with her family band to fairs and RV parks, and by now she can turn the country on or off as needed.