- Out Of Mississippi
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
Joni Compretta lives by a simple and
dedicated creed. "Life is meant to be lived. If there is
something dreamed of but too afraid to take a chance, do it now…grab
your dreams… that’s what I’m going to do. No more waiting
Since meeting with respected Nashville
producer, Lonnie Ratliff, who with a host of budding
independents has Erin Hay in his stable, Compretta has completed
her debut release, Out Of Mississippi. Ratliff, who can
spot talent in a football crowd, is excited about his latest
already released a couple of singles overseas and we are getting
a lot of great feedback," says the head honcho of Nashville
Showcase, a website dedicated to global radio play lists.
In the critical world of country music, a world where looks
as well as good songs are the needed commodities, Compretta
scores high on both counts. The easy-on-the-eye former nurse can
count over 2000 hits on her website, and just to prove that
looks and music do marry well, her 4000 plus downloaded tunes
proves the point.
And no wonder. Her debut disk comes pumped and primed with
originals, soon-to-be-heard radio tunes and a sprinkling of
remembered hits. The album, complete with 12 tunes, also has the
added polish of some studio notables including Perley Curtis,
Mike Daly and Jim Unger.
The album entrée is the Carol Hashe-penned "Love Holds
On", one of two tunes Hashe wrote on the album.
"Love" is a mid-tempo salute to the power of devotion
and strong love, a general theme that peppers this album. Long
& Restless Nights" paints a similar setting, while the
Dobie Gray classic, "Drift Away", comes reworked with
some nifty Unger fiddling and some honeyed harmonies.
The Hugh Moffat memory, "Old Flames Can’t hold A
Candle To You", is a song etched into the minds of country
purists. It doesn’t fare too badly here from a singer with a
voice that probably needs some more whiskey-soaked nights to
reach emotional maturity, especially on a song that falls
outside the modern bump and grind of new country. It’s not a
tune I would have chosen for a relative novice, but apparently
Ratliff saw its musical merit and pushed for its inclusion. The
tune works out okay, but, for me, the danger is always in the
dreaded comparison with the original.
"Only Lonely", the
other Hashe tune, is a modern look at love through the emotions
of a satisfied woman, one who would tour the clubs, if she were
blue, but she won’t, because she’s only lonely for one
particular person. Compretta nails the tune with her stylish
vocal, energy and love-drenched feel, suggesting that
contemporary tunes aimed at today’s market may score a
bullseye. The tune has radio appeal, so too, the fiddle-laced
and the heartache harmony of "When It Finally
The album is now out.
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Hi , I met Joni at the "Jamboree at the Lake" back in early May. She is a seasoned performer even at this early stage of her career. Her voice is as true on stage as it is on CD. I think
she has all of the requirements to be a world class Country Entertainer and I wish her the very best in Success and Happiness!
~ Ron A.