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The latest six-song effort by Beki Hemingway—a distant relative of Ernest—finds her in fine voice, singing with a poised balance of tough and tender. And she has an able partner in husband-guitarist Randy Kerkman, who coproduces this disc. “Lose My Mind” is a torn and frayed rocker, while the spirited chamber ballad “Finnieston” weaves a spellbinding but spare canvas out of cello, acoustic guitar and bells. Big Plans will delight fans of Lucinda Williams, the Jayhawks and other top-tier Americana acts.