Austin, Texas songwriter Teri Joyce sings the songs that built the honkytonks and writes the songs that will keep them standing. She's truly a singer's songwriter, and her songs have been covered by such roots royalty as Marti Brom, Roger Wallace, Ted Roddy, Karen Poston, and Rick Broussard. Teri's ball-of-fire stage presence and honest country voice have delighted crowds for more than a decade, with her original classics and the country gold she loves to mine.

Proudly raised in Chesapeake, Virginia, Teri served as an Army journalist and did a whole mess of travelin' before finally settling in her parents' home state of Texas. As a budding songwriter, she knew there was no better place to be than Austin. In 1996 Teri joined super showman Ted Roddy in forming the Tearjoint Troubadors, with Teri as rhythm guitarist and featured vocalist alongside fellow 'Teardrop', Karen Poston. The band's 2000 album Tear Time was voted among the top ten records of the year on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart. By then, Teri had also launched Teri Joyce and the Tagalongs, who continue to deliver a sizzling 60s/70s Texas honkytonk sound and feature Teri's dynamic duets with long-time singing partner Roger Wallace. The band began with a three-year residency at the world-famous Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, and moved beyond Texas to five European tours and counting.

Teri has just released Kitchen Radio, her eagerly-awaited debut collection of fourteen original tunes. Co-produced with legendary Justin Trevino and featuring two new duets with Roger Wallace, Kitchen Radio is packed full of honky tonk heroes: Jim Stringer, Dave Biller, Lisa Pankratz (Dave Alvin, Ronnie Dawson), T Jarrod Bonta, and Brad Fordham (Hayes Carll, Jerry Jeff Walker), and includes special guests Brennen Leigh, Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel), Floyd Domino, Marty Muse, Kevin Smith (Dwight Yoakam, The Derailers), Bobby Flores, Eamon McLoughlin (The Greencards), Ruby Jane Smith, Jake Hooker, and Jim Loessberg.

Although Teri is small in stature, she likes a big show, and she looms like a giant to those who remember a time in country music when you could still cheat in a song and smoke in a bar. Turn up the volume on Teri's acclaimed CD, Kitchen Radio, and let's all go back there together...

 

I've got a blue tattoo,
brand-spankin' new
It's a pretty, little bitty
work of art
I got this blue tattoo
when I lost you,
and it's burnin', burnin'
right over my heart

Let me thank you, dear
for my souvenir
of a crazy night
I got drunk on love
and I woke up with a

Blue tattoo,
brand-spankin' new
It's a pretty, little bitty
work of art
I got this blue tattoo
when I lost you,
and it's burnin', burnin'
right over my heart

 

Recorded by Marti Brom

 

Photo by Todd Wolfson

 

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