Joy Collins – It Ain’t Just Music

by Chuck Dauphin

Joy-Collins-sep2013When you hear the music of Joy Collins, you’re hearing someone who has definitely been influenced by some of the greats. You can hear traces of Reba, Patty Loveless, and Lorrie Morgan. To my ears, it’s the latter that shines through as one of her greatest influences. On “(That’s What) Love Looks Like,” she sounds like she was listening to some of the best of Morgan – like “We Both Walk” and “Except For Monday.” It’s a performance that she dazzles through without.

That bounce and vivacious spirit also comes into place on cuts like “Thing Or Two” and funky Country swagger of “Head Lights,” which is also a definite highlight of this disc. At the same time, there’s a seriousness and a tenderness to cuts like “I Like Me” and the moody and classic sounding “Bourbon” that seem to showcase her vocals in the most definitive fashion.

Just like with any successful artist, Collins effectively saves the best for last. The ironically – written “(I Want You) Unhappy” is a sonic and lyrical treat, and the profound lyrics of the title cut are ones that anyone who has ever dreamed of a career in music – on stage or not -  can wholeheartedly identify with. Watch out for Joy Collins, my friends! I think she’s going to be around for awhile!

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