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Joy Lynn White

Between Midnight & Hindsight – 2000 (Lucky Dog/Sony Music)

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

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When this album was originally released in 1992, Joy Lynn White was attempting to join the likes of Patty Loveless and Wynonna Judd on the country music charts. In the intervening years as the Nashville scene has drifted toward pop White has remained outside the mainstream.

White's impressive vocal skills are in evidence on this impressive debut. The influence of Linda Ronstadt is apparent on such uptempo tunes as "Wherever You Are," "Little Tears" and "Wishful Thinking." Even more effective are the more traditional style ballads "It's Amazing," "Cold Day In July" (recently covered by the Dixie Chicks), and "Why Do I Feel So Good," the Bobby Braddock tune from which the title phrase was extracted. Standout tracks include the White original "Bittersweet End," which recalls the '70's work of Emmylou Harris, and "Those Shoes," composed by Kevin Welch and Harry Stinson.

This album introduced a promising young artist to Nashville, though White is yet to receive the attention she deserves.