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Joanie Keller “Me and Dad” CD Captures True Country Classics
Joanie Keller released a fantastic CD this summer as Joanie was inducted into the Nebraska Country Music Hall of Fame. Titled “Me And Dad” the CD also features Joanie’s Dad Bob Haberer on three of the selections.
This CD is as good as it gets, featuring songs we all know. Joanie’s performance goes well beyond what you might think. Joanie’s beautiful voice and outstanding musicians give you a perfect CD.
There is a different quality to “Me And Dad”, as evidenced by the first song. “Hey Good Lookin”, written by Hank Williams, has a specific quality that you will discover for yourself. There is something special about the recording which suggests images of the 40′s or 50′s. Imagine a woman with a once-in-a-lifetime beautiful voice, perhaps singing with a screen in front of the microphone.
The second song brings back memories of Johnny Cash with “I Still Miss Someone”. Beautifully done in an accomplished style “I Still Miss Someone” is one of Joanie Keller’s favorites as evidenced by the liner notes. You’ll see a picture of Joanie and her Dad as they recorded the song on May 30, 2009 at Sony Studios in Nashville.
We continue with this great CD from Mike Johnson Productions with “You Take Me For Granted” written by Leona Williams, followed by “Hello Trouble” written by Orville Couch and Eddie McDuff. By now it has taken twice as long to hear the first four songs because we keep pressing the replay button.
Nothing can prepare you for the fifth song on this wonderful CD, as we remember Judy Collins. When Joanie sings “Someday Soon” you hear her dedication to country music and all of the hard work. “Some Day Soon”, as some people call it, is perhaps better than the original Judy Collins version. Judy is 71 now, and still has a beautiful voice, but so does Joanie Keller.
Written by Ian Tyson, “Someday Soon” reflects Ian’s style of songwriting. Those of you who purchased Ian’s CD “Old Corrals and Sagebrush” know what I mean. Joanie’s version of the song is superb, and she can certainly sing. Full range and depth of Joanie Keller’s voice is obvious.
Song number six is a Harlan Howard classic “Pick Me Up On Your Way Down”. Harlan would be proud, and the band does it just right.
Where there’s Harlan Howard there’s Merle Haggard and Loretta. Bob Haberer (Dad) steps in with “Silver Wings”, followed by Joanie with “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”. Close your eyes and you’ll be back in the 60′s listening to Loretta’s version. The song is that good. Joanie captures the essence of the song perfectly.
“Making Believe” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink” round out the CD. The musicians are world-class, the songs we grew up on are precious, and Mike Johnson on steel guitar is superb.
Visit Joanie Keller’s website at joaniekeller.com and her MySpace page. Listen to all the songs at Joanie’s MySpace page, but don’t miss “Hello Trouble” for some great steel guitar, and hear some dobro on “That’s All I Need”.
“That’s All I Need” will be a country classic some day. The song has all of the qualities necessary to last for years to come, just like “18 Wheels And A Dozen Roses”, “Tiger By The Tail”, “I Fall To Pieces” and many more. I hope our friends at Willie’s Place, XM-13/Sirius 64, and Heart Of Texas Music are reading this article today. The fans deserve to hear Joanie Keller.
Joanie Keller’s CD’s are available at the Mike Johnson Productions website or go directly to the Mike Johnson store where you will find Joanie Keller’s “Me And Dad”, “It’s Me Again”, and “Sparks Are Gonna Fly”.