Joanie Keller's debut for Broken Bow shows her to be an emotional singer in the tradition of Tammy Wynette a very good tradition to be in.
With a catch in her voice, she alternately scolds and fusses over the love object in her life: "I Didn't Make This Bed For You To Lie In" (RealAudio excerpt) (written by the great singer/songwriter Melba Montgomery, with Dak Alley and Cathy Louvin) is typical of her brand of country. Her current single, "Grindin' Wheel" (RealAudio excerpt), is the type of boastful love/lust song that not every singer can get away with, but Keller does just. She shines on the power ballad "I Quit Givin' Up on You," with her trembling voice perfectly suited to the song. Keller co-wrote the sad shuffle "Almost Over Me" (RealAudio excerpt) and one other song here.
Her spunky, vulnerable voice shows tremendous potential.