I'm All Prayed Up - In The Garden - Just A Closer Walk With Thee - How Great Thou Art - I Find Jesus - Amazing Grace - Go Rest High - I Saw The Light - Life's Railway To Heaven - Live With Jesus - Hold Me Time
I've not had the opportunity, or the pleasure, to hear Joni Morris before. This lovely woman with an equally lovely voice just recorded this equally lovely recording of old and new Gospel songs. Making her home in California has not prevented her from bringing the old Gospel favorites back to life with a singularly beautiful voice. The first song is an incredibly well recorded bluegrass style song. She follows this by immediately going into one of the old favorites "In The Garden" with a very old-time church style presentation, immediately followed by another great standard, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee." Ms. Morris is best known in California as, without a doubt, the finest Patsy Cline style singer working today. Her following is huge as she pursues the 'Ladies of Country Music' a musical presentation unequaled anywhere else in the music world. This CD, the most recent of her many recordings, brings her lovely voice, also unequaled, bringing new life, meaning, and certainly adoration to the old Gospel songs. She performs, records, and travels with an excellent band, giving credit to them all...Erik Antrim; Matt Cardinalli; Brian Clark; Steve Doubville; Bobby & Darren Green; Kevin Jachetta; Snap Jackson; JayMo Singers; Shane Kalbach; Giorgi Khokhobashvili; Keith McKee; Fred Treece; and Michael Whirlow. So you can see, a great deal goes into the recording sessions of Joni Morris. The overall 'acoustic' flavor so incredibly well done on this recording is prompting me to forward it to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal, and consideration for their CD of the Year awards. The Commission really likes 'originality' in presentation, and I think they will definitely find it here. In totality, I find this particular CD one of the best old-time Gospel presentations I've heard this year.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART - www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine