Midnight Radio (Watermelon, 1996)
Reviewed by Jana Pendragon
Few contemporary C&W or roots music divas have the power or substance of Katy Moffatt. Able to sing soft and sweet or loud, ballsy and bold, Moffatt is a real Texas firecracker with a punch. She has weathered the storms and lived to tell the tale and write the stories touching our hearts. Moffatt recounts not only a child's memory of listening to the radio at midnight in the title cut, but also a woman's declaration of her boundaries to her man ("If You Can't Stand the Heat"). Historical, emotional, thought provoking are all words that apply. Never one to shy away from taboo subjects, Moffatt tells of a woman and her gun ("Never Be Alone Again"). "Sparrow of Swansea (For Dylan Thomas)" and the honky tonk tale "Hale and Audrey" also are good cuts. Even more controversial is "Rosa's Favorite Son," co-written in part with Chris Gaffney about illegal immigrants from Mexico. Moffatt proves she is certainly one of the most literary artists on the current scene. Moffatt is no powder puff playing the Music City game, but a woman of substance.