Most people who follow the Texas Music Scene closely are very familiar with Teri Joyce, a pretty gal known for her larger than life country voice that’s delivered in an (about) five foot package. She has been a staple in the Austin Honky Tonks, and well respected for her songwriting chops. She penned Rockabilly Queen Marti Brom’s hit “Blue Tattoo”, that’s when others really started taking notice. An album of all original tunes by Joyce has been highly anticipated, and after all these years, here she is with one hell of a bang in Kitchen Radio, which she Co-Produced with Honkytonk Crooner Justin Trevino.
First off, I’d like to say (though Joyce is known for her songwriting) the vocals on Kitchen Radio are exceptional. She has one of the most unique and true to traditional country voices I have heard on record in years. It is as if Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn dipped their voices in honey to make one sweet combination. The inflections are perfection, I say. Am I gushing? Yes, I guess I am. Hell, I am allowed – this is real country, folks. But retro or not, the songs, with their precise arrangements and melodic solos, are fresh.
Fourteen original songs of pure, and I do mean P-U-R-E, country. The lead track, “Don’t Look For Me Til You See Me Comin'” is delightfully sassy and sultry. The title track, “Kitchen Radio” really captures the whole essence of Joyce’s music, with its nostalgic view of country past and how the past affects the present. Joyce stays tried and true to the Honkytonk themes throughout in songs like “Something Blue”, “I Can’t Help Myself”, and “Bluebonnets For My Baby.” A variety of special guests add to the mix with Brennen Leigh, Cindy Cashdollar, and a who’s who of Texas musicians including Jim Stringer and Floyd Domino. And as if that weren’t enough to make you snap up a copy and hook it into your Ipod, add two great duets with Texas star Roger Wallace, and you’ve got all the incentive you need.
For more on Teri, visit www.terijoyce.com
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