Artist: Various Artists
Album: Joey Stuckey’s Ladies of the South
Genre(s): Rock, Country, Pop
The official music ambassador for his home town of Macon, Georgia, Joey Stuckey is an exceptional multi-talented personality. Joey who lost his sight and sense of smell as the result of a brain tumor is an award-winning guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio and television personality, music columnist, educator and sound engineer.
Joey was introduced to music at an early age thanks to his parents’ fondness of listening to opera and country music. A huge fan of public radio, he would listen to shows like ‘After Space’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, ‘The Shadow’ and other classic shows. He was enamored with the stories being in a format accessible to the blind and were so eloquently produced, Joey decided that sound production was what he wanted to do with his life.
This simple ambition of his turned into a lifelong passion as Joey bought all kinds of equipment and was soon recording music in his house with various garage bands. He realized then that were things he wanted to share with the world through the medium of music. He graduated from high school at 14 and began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from Terry Cantwell, a noted music professor. He furthered his musical education by studying with Stanley Jordan and later with Professor Steven Crowell.
Joey has released several albums in the past and is a featured music columnist for webzines ‘Portal Magazine’. His band, The Joey Stuckey Band, has opened for legendary artists, and he himself has won numerous awards for his contribution to the world of music.
Joey is currently involved with students, is the professor of Music Technology at Mercer University and an official mentor for the Recording Connections School in LA.
The blind producer recently released an all-female compilation, “Joey Stuckey Presents Ladies of the South”, a collection of music by twelve of his artists that he produced over the past 6 years. The decision to release this compilation was made after he wrote a song for Sue Wilkinson, featured on the album, and realized he had worked with so many amazing female artists across all genres that it was time to share that talent.
|What You See Ain’t What You Get|
|Danish Cookies Is My Name|
|Box Labeled Questions|
|Lately (Morning Dove, Mourning Sparrow)|
|Johnny 9 (Blind Man Remix)|
- The opening track, “What You See Ain’t What You Get” by The Shadow Bandits featuring Sue Lu, starts off with a medley of strong guitar riffs and drums before the shrill lead vocals of assumedly Sue Wilkinson make you nod your head to the music. This song gives you a taste of what it would’ve been like if Janis Joplin collaborated with The Runaways.
- Track number two is Kim Meek’s “Everybody’s Pretty” which starts off with mellow echoing of “everybody’s pretty / when they yawn” and quickly turns into an eclectic mix of jangle and baroque pop. Kim’s energetic vocals tell a fascinating story that remind you of Kate Bush’s unmatched style of music.
- Hugh Hession’s song “Start Over” featuring Camille Scoggins & Sue Tomlin starts with the classical sounds of piano and violin. It paints the picture of a gloomy love song before the classical sounds are joined by drums and guitar in the chorus for emphasis.
- Track 4 is Someday Merry’s “With You” featuring Eline Chavez – a far cry from the preceding track of “Start Over”. This rock song has an 80’s vibe to it, with throaty vocals and angst, it is pleading for someone to come back home. While enjoyable, the song is regrettably forgettable.
- An upbeat song that gets your feet tapping instantly, “Danish Cookies Is My Name” by Vanessa Moses is fun, fresh and easy on the ears. The mostly guitar and trumpet driven song isn’t lacking in its diversity of instruments that are used, making it complex and therefore even more enjoyable. I only wish the song were longer in length.
- Next in sequence is Tyler Moore’s “Box Labeled Questions” featuring Camille Scoggins a second time. The song is slow and has prominent guitar riffs at short intervals, with the lyrics telling a story yet failing to make you feel anything close to what it is trying to convey.
- Katherine Daniel’s “Lonely Boulevard” is a pop-rock song that could easily be featured in an angsty teen Disney movie, resembling the content of an early Avril Lavigne. The song is generic and doesn’t really offer anything new or interesting to hold onto.
- Track number 8 is The Vineyard Band featuring Amber Pierce and Heidi Clinite with “Letting Go”, a country song about the unpredictability of life. The mood of the song is wistful in the beginning but soon turns into an optimistic one. While the song isn’t so bad, it fails to leave an impression like the earlier tracks on the album.
- Louise Warren’s “Home” doesn’t offer much in vocal range or song arrangement but the lyrics sure strike a chord with a universal emotion, a united yearning of something close to a home.
- Doc Henderson’s “Lately (Morning Dove, Mourning Sparrow” features the “Everybody’s Pretty” artist Kim Meeks in a different genre altogether. It’s another wistful song that doesn’t leave a lasting impression. If nothing, the beautiful voice of Kim Meeks keeps you listening till the very end of this 5:41 minute song.
- Stacy Hostler’s “Something More” starts off with piano setting the appropriate mood for a gloomy song about yearning for one’s love. The song bears soul but is generic and almost feels too long in its length to be enjoyed.
- The final track is TATB’s “Johnny 9 (Blind Man Remix)” and features Rachel Elkins on lead vocals. It is a concoction of grungy guitar, shrill vocals and a dreamy rhythm – everything you need for a song to be compelling.
Joey Stuckey’s “Ladies of the South” is an interesting mix of genres that showcases the talent of various Southern ladies. Some songs are better than the others, but the whole album is worth listening to for the combined talent of its artists and Joey himself.
Picks of the album: What You See Ain’t What You Get, Everybody’s Pretty, Danish Cookies Is My Name, Johnny 9 (Blind Man Remix)