|Written by Christin Miller on Monday, April 12, 2010|
|Let's Put the Western Back in the Country|
Joni Harms Keeps the Western Side of Country Music Alive
My good friends Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell introduced me to the heartfelt music of singer songwriter Joni Harms. I first heard her sing at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival last year, and was extremely impressed with her talent, as well as her easy rapport with her audience.
"I personally can't live without Western music," says Joni, whose most recent CD is "Let's Put the Western Back in the Country". "I like a lot of today's country music, but the truth of the matter is that I'm very serious about keeping the Western side of country music alive. The majority of the songs include lyrics of the West, because I love to write about things I've experienced," she says. "Rodeo, cowboys and the ranch way of living shows through a lot in my music."
In 2003, Joni was named Female Vocalist of the Year, and also accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. She is also a multiple winner of Academy of Western Artists Awards, including the top honor of Entertainer of the Year for 2002. She continues building audiences through appearances at the Grand Old Opry and a recent stint at New York's Carnegie Hall.
Check out Joni's music on the Joni Harms website, where you can also buy her CD's, and view her upcoming tour dates. I am sure you will quickly become a fan!