"“Life has a funny way of showing up with the same old lesson,” Hayley Johnson intones at the end of her new single as The Little Miss, “and until you’ve learned it, it’ll follow you over mountain and sea.”
If you take away nothing from the song except that lesson about lessons, “A Ride Along the Mountain Valley” has accomplished its mission. It’s a shuffling, two-chord salve for heartache — punctuated by whistling to boot — that abides the great traditions of folk music and the talking blues. In Johnson’s rich voice and sepia-toned lyrical landscapes of roads, mountains and valleys, there are some stubborn truths. Like how fine the line is between sad and mad."
- Kevin Bronson, Buzzbands LA, May 2018