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Every once in a while an artist will dig out an old song that leaves everyone else saying, "now why didn't I think of cutting that one".  New Zealand Artist/DJ Joy Adams has just done that with her classy remake of "Nobody's Child" a song that has been recorded by everyone from Hank Snow to The Beatles and Joy's version just goes to prove what I have always said, "A "Hit" song don't care who sings it".  I think the songwriters would be proud of the Joy Adams cut in it's direct approach to what the song is saying.  No frills, no bells and whistles just an artist who knows how to sell a song.  I predict this will be one of those songs that will show up on DJ Playlists for years to come.  Sometimes when you dig back far enough you can come up with a song as fresh as tomorrow.  Good job Joy

Lonnie Ratliff


Album Reviews

Joy Adams - 'Two Minus One'

Latest release from New Zealand songbird Joy Adams, is a14 track album, co-produced by Joy with Neil Reynolds and comprising of 11 tracks recorded in Nashville and 2 in New Zealand, with the other being a combination of both. The first thing I noticed was that although Joy is a fine songwriter in her own right, apart from the catchy, mid paced two stepper, "I Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You," she sits back this time, in favour of some of Nashville’s top writers.

Instantly recognizable are four classic songs from the country music archives. Who hasn’t heard the wonderfully catchy, "Walk On By," a song written by Kendall Hayes and popularized by Leroy Van Dyke in the 1960s, Ernest Tubb’s nostalgic, "Waltz Across Texas," son Justin’s "Love Is No Excuse" ……. a former hit for Jim Reeves & Dottie West…….or the Cindy Walker/Bob Wills co-write, "Sugar Moon" also successfully recorded of course by Bob Wills back in 1947. All four of these songs are given the respect they deserve as Joy’s wonderfully smooth vocal’s, give them new life.

All the Nashville tracks were recorded with Don Powell at the helm, who also co-wrote 3 of the new songs on here, like the slow love ballad, "Now I Know About Love" written with Judy Ann Graham and the bouncy "Let’s Try Love Tonight," written with Mike Orender, while Dewayne Orender helped him write the excellent, "I Know You Don’t Love Me No More" a recent #1 in the EMS European charts via it’s release to radio on the Country Hotdisc.

While in Nashville, Joy met up with and was given the chance to record with one of her all time country music hero’s, Kenny Dale. Kenny used to be very popular in New Zealand and Joy wasn’t going to pass this chance by. The result, "Two Minus One," a song penned by Billy E. Powell and Dewayne Mize, title track and the first of 3 duets on the album. Joy also had a hit in the European charts when she teamed up with Grand Ole Opry veteran, Ernie Ashworth for the E.A. penned "Steady Company" and that track is also included on here while Dewayne Orender steps up to the mike to sing with Joy on the closing track, the very catchy "Why Don’t We Admit We’re In Love."

Space prevents me going into more detail, but suffice to say, this is an excellent album of good country music ……there isn’t a bad track on here…….from a lady with one of the most beautiful voices in the business. Get along to Joy’s website and find out how to get a copy. Satisfaction guaranteed!!!

Review by Ray Grundy, Metro Country, U.K.

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Album Review  -   Just A Matter Of Time

Joy is a traditional artist from New Zealand, who now is back with her 5th album.
She has written 5 of the 12 songs on this CD.
Joy has a very good mixture between own songs, covers and gospel songs (and even a yodel song!).
The best songs on this Cd are: Buck Owens´ "I Don´t Care", "I´ll Never Cheat On You", Carl Smith´s classic "I Overlooked An Orchid", "If You Could See Me Now" and "I´d Be Lying If I Told You".
She has very good musicians (I guess all of them are from Australia or New Zealand) among others; guitarist dave Maybee, steel player Joe Martin and drummer Neil Reynolds.
I can recommend you to buy to Joy´s Cd if you like traditional country with a mixture. 

Review by Marcus Thell


Album Review  -  Just A Matter Of Time

Joy Adams was a new name to me, having never heard of her before I received this C.D. to review, but from the moment I placed the C.D. in the player, I was immediately struck by her appealing voice  ....  a cross between Ireland's Mary Duff and Ann Breen --- and was much looking forward to hearing and reviewing this, her latest (5th) album.

The Album contains 12 tracks with a good mix of Country Music classic's and Original self penned material.

Original tracks on the album include the title track "It's Just A Matter Of Time", a great song with a very catchy chorus that I am certain would do well if released as a single, while 'If You Could See Me Now' is a wonderful song, that has her wishing her late father could see what she has achieved in her life. This is a song I am sure many people could relate to and is certainly a song that could interest the said Mary Duff and Ann Breen.

I also liked her rousing version of Buck Owens' 'I Don't Care', definitely one of the best I've heard, while other covers on here include 'I'll Never Cheat On You',  California,  I Overlooked An Orchid,  Keep On Singing  and a country version of The Bee Gees 'Sweetheart' The Lone Gospel track on the album is a cover of the Stuart Hamblin Classic 'It Is No Secret'.

There is absolutely no doubt that Joy Adams is a very talented lady in both the Vocal and Songwriting departments and I am sure that as the title suggests, it is 'Just A Matter Of Time' until that talent is more well known around the world.  In fact, she is already attracting much interest from Nashville, so maybe that time is not so far away.

If this sounds like your kind of Music, then do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy of this excellent C.D.    EXCELLENT !!!  

 Review by Ray Grundy,  Metro Country U.K.

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 Album Review: 'Just A Matter Of Time'

It’s "Just a Matter of Time" is the right title for this album, for in my opinion it is just that before Joy Adams is a household name as a singer and as a song writer.

In this album Joy has penned five of the twelve tracks.

“If you could see me now” you can feel the emotion.

“Joys’Yodel” you can feel the humour.

“I’d be lying if I told you” you get the romantic side.

“Just a matter of time” the survivor side.

“Best Mum in the world” The family side

The album also has a Buck Owens song “I don’t care”. “I’ll never cheat on you” written by David Smith   “It is no secret” by Stuart Hamblen  “California” by R. Hyland.  “Keep on singing” by D. Janssen / B Hart  “I overlooked an orchid” by Carl Story / Carl Smith / Lynn  “Sweetheart” By M. Gibb / B. Gibb.

An easy-listing album, refreshing, peaceful, warm and rich voice, makes this album one of the best in my collection, and much requested on my show and other show’s on Radio Galtee.

Review by Pat Fitzmaurice, 

Radio Galtee 102.4fm, County Limerick, Ireland.


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 Album Review: 'Just A Matter Of Time'

Joy has released five albums since 1992 and this is her latest one 'Just A Matter Of Time'.

Be sure it will take no time for this nice lady to win the hearts of the listeners of this album.

Her smooth voice will bring you to the 7th heaven.  You can hear her sing the good traditional country sound with even a swiss yodel to let you dream of the Alps.

When the last song on this album finishes, you will feel the urge to play the album again and again.

 Review by Jesse W. James,  Radio Zenith & VBRO 106fm  Belgium


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 Album Review: 'Solid Ground'

Solid Ground  is a 16 track album released back in 1995.  The album contains 6 self-penned songs from Joy, including two comedy songs, The Snorer and One Size Fits All.  'The Snorer' in particular is an excellent and

Other self penned material on here includes a story of unrequited love in 'Best You'd Better Go' and the bouncy 'Still I Wonder', the title track 'Solid Ground' and 'The Last Dance' a duet with New Zealand's top male country vocalist John Grenell in 3/4 time.

Of the other tracks making up this album there's a very good version of top Nashville songwriter Terry Smiths  'According To The Lie'  as well as a cover of Billie Jo Spears  '57 Chevrolet'  the latter 70s hit isn't just another cover though as it is given a new arrangement by Joy as she makes the song her own.

Another song that stands out for me is a great version of  'Silver Dew On The Bluegrass Tonight'  a very catchy Western/Swing tune that is guaranteed to get the feet tapping.

With the yodelling on  'Cowboy's Yodel'  and the Gospel track  'This Little Light Of Mine'  she caters for just about everybody on another fine album that deserves to be in every country fans collection.

Review By Ray Grundy,   Metro Country,  U.K.


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Album Review: 'Solid Ground'

This album is what it says "Solid Ground" Title song is written by Joy herself, you know straight away she is telling a story everyone can relate to from their childhood days, sung with the feeling that only Joy can do.

Well known songwriter Terry Smiths song "According To The Lie" is given that 
Joy Adams touch that every songwriter would be proud of. "Lace Covered Windows", wonderful song. When it comes to a sense of humour Joy is not lacking, have a listen to "The Snorer", "Cowboy's Yodel" and "One Size Fits All".

A great cover version of "57 Chevrolet" and "This Little Light Of Mine"
Sixteen great tracks on this album of which Joy has written six. This is a Joy to play on Radio ... Great reaction from the listening public.

If I were to give it marks out of ten ... TEN

A review by Pat Fitzmaurice, Radio Galtee, Ireland.

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