Beatty has such an intense, warm, rock-a-bluesy country voice, it seems amazing she has lived to be 27 without becoming a big star, a deficiency that ought to be remedied by this debut album. It's both very musical and very smart, thanks to Beatty's rich Bonnie Raitt—K.T. Oslin delivery and a varied selection of material.
Beatty co-wrote three of the songs, including (with Dan Chauvin and Jim Allison) "Nobody Loves Me Like the Blues," a showstopper of a track backed up with crying-in-the-beer fills by guitarist Brent Rowan and saxophonist Jim Horn.
Another highlight, "Heart from a Stone" (Beth Nielsen Chapman-Mark Germino), is one of those classic country songs that celebrates bitterness: "It's funny how some people still give their hearts/To some people who don't know a heart from a stone." And " 'There's a Phone on Every Corner" (Tom Shapiro—Bucky Jones—Chris Waters) is an exemplary rocker.
Beatty is an Alexandria, Va., native with a business administration degree from the College of Charleston, S.C. She has spent her time since college going to dance school in California and performing around Nashville.
Now she and producer Jerry Kennedy (Reba McEntire, the Statler Brothers, Roy Orbison, Roger Miller) have found a way to expand her career horizons. "One of a kind" would be putting it a little too strongly, but she certainly deserves to be ranked right up with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Dana McVicker, Donna Meade and Cee Cee Chapman among the Nashville-oriented discoveries of recent years. (Starway)