Bonnie Bishop’s latest could almost be a Kelly Clarkson record, only this raspy-voiced Nashville belter writes or co-writes all of her own country-soul jams. The opening trio of “Keep Using Me,” “Shrinking Violet” and “Free” are you-go-girl female empowerment anthems, and in a way, so is “Bad Seed,” co-written by legendary songsmith Al Anderson. That one centers on a politician’s daughter who smokes weed and chases musical dreams, much to her family’s chagrin. Bishop is less playful on “The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts,” but her conviction offsets the obviousness of the lyrics. On rollicking closer “Right Where You Are” Bishop tells some buds to stop worrying and enjoy life. She makes a strong case.

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