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Andie Kay Joyner and Heather Stalling had to experience life before they felt ready to write and sing about it. After meeting in 1992, both were already accomplished musicians/vocalists, having grown up in musical families that exposed them to bluegrass festivals and folk scenes at an early age. For the next decade, the girls further groomed themselves for their own band by playing in several other bands, backing dozens of Texas artists like Mark David Manders, Bob Schneider, Ed Burleson, Johnny Lee, and Max Stalling. The two shared a house and wrote almost every day for a year and a half. With maybe a half dozen songs penned, they played every Tuesday at the legendary Dallas honky-tonk, Adair’s Saloon, and held that gig for a little over a year. Heather then signed on for a regular stint with Texas singer-songwriter Mark David Manders, while Andie Kay frequently came along to sing backup vocals. They took up songwriting in earnest and became self-described “world-class hotel jammers.” Over time, these sessions evolved and there was finally enough material to complete an album. With the help of a few friends and the assembly of a group of extraordinary musicians, blacktopGYPSY was formed.

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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 14

blacktopGYPSY   10/12/2006            
While the Gulf Coast can breathe a sigh of relief now that hurricane season is just about over. The Dallas based band Black Top Gypsy has been blowing up a category five storm over the Texas air waves all summer long and does not appear to be letting up anytime soon. With the release of their debut cd entitled Black Top Gypsy this country ensemble with deeply entrenched folk-roots is quickly becoming a well known name among the Texas underground. Since meeting in the early 90’s Andie Kay Joyner and Heather Woodruff have written and composed some of the most original music to come out of the Outlaw movement in quite a while. “Ain’t you’re Momma” is definitely a fan favorite and like a west Texas oil rig it is just a matter of time before it begins to turn a profit. Whether it is on an independent label or on Capitol Nashville this song will leave label executives drooling. Slowing things down a bit “Carolina” is that song everyone can relate to a traditional slow melody song that makes you reflect on the past but has enough creativity and excitement to let Nashville know that this group is not just another one-hit wonder. Sam Swank a local Dallas legend is right at home playing lead guitar in this ensemble and makes any live concert well worth an outrageous cover charge. Bottom line if you want to hear a band that has a lot of what others are lacking, personality. Check out Black Top Gypsy and see what I already know is success in the making!
blacktopGYPSY   08/25/2006            
This is a very nice debut CD from two very talented ladies. I like this CD more and more each time I play it. Every song is great, especially "Carolina" and "Ain't Your Mama." Buy this CD with confidence!
blacktopGYPSY   07/22/2006            
In classic Tenacious D style, the Dixie Chicks and the Pussycat Dolls could not be here tonight but they wanted you to know that their love-child, BlacktopGYPSY is here and ready to kick some tail! They sound amazing! The songs flow perfectly and leave you wanting more. Andie Kaye's vocals and Heather's instrumentation awaken your senses to a new world. I love "Carolina." It is soothing and relaxing and tells a story that is easy to follow. "Ain't your Mama" is the classic female driven song that so many women can relate to. My favorite is "This Time" cause it, like "Ain't you Mama," is a 'Take that!' kind of song. These girls surely won't look back when they plow through you so just get out the way and get on board!
blacktopGYPSY   07/09/2006            
Excellent Debut CD
This is an excellent debut CD by two very talented ladies. The songwriting is great and the musicianship is outstanding as well. Really love "Carolina" and "Ain't Your Mama." Looking forward to seeing them out and hearing more great music in the future!
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