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"I've just felt such freedom with this record," says Danni Leigh with a perceptible sigh of relief. Considering Leigh's checkered history over the past half dozen years, it's no surprise that "Divide and Conquer," the blonde honky-tonker's third album for as many labels in the last three years, represents a freer and more personal creative path than either of her first two. The path for both of Leigh's previous releases - "29 Nights" for Decca in 1998 and "A Shot of Whiskey and a Prayer" for Monument/Sony in early 2000 - was marred by compromise and second guessing.  ...
Today's country music business is such a pressure cooker. Usually in interviews, a young artist with a new album expresses fears that if the album isn't a hit, they'll be dropped by their label. Danni Leigh has been freed from those worries. When "A Shot Of Whiskey And a Prayer," hit the streets in February, Leigh already knew it wasn't going to be a hit. And she'd been already been dropped from her label months before. "It's the strangest thing I've experienced yet, the whole Sony thing," Leigh says.  ...
Danni Leigh isn't anxious about being "stuck" with the label, the "female Dwight Yoakam." Just the opposite. "I love it," says the 28-year-old Virginian, who just released her debut "29 Nights," on the phone from Kansas City. "I think that's one of the best compliments anybody can pay to me to be honest. When I think myself of comparisons, I don't come as musically inclined as Dwight is...I'm definitely on the right path. That's where I want to be. I've always been a fan of his. I respect what he does."  ...

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