On her RealWest debut—after a stint on Warner Western—prairie songbird Joni Harms displays her finely honed talents as a skilled songwriter and a keen, instinctive vocalist.

On her RealWest debut—after a stint on Warner Western—prairie songbird Joni Harms displays her finely honed talents as a skilled songwriter and a keen, instinctive vocalist. The smooth-as-silk Harms swings mightily on "Weakness for Cowboys" and "Wedding Song," shuffles with fine traditional authority on the title cut and "Cowboy Coffee," injects the Western folk-ish "More Than Your Eyes Can See" with a pleasing twang, and delivers languid Western lounge on "Every Cowgirl's Dream." Harms' voice has warmth, depth, and range perfectly suited to her material, whether it's the bittersweet "West Texas Waltz" or the Mexicali exuberance of "Ay Yi Yi Yi." More "country" stuff like "Millie" and "It'll Happen When It's Time" could do country radio a favor, and Harms' gorgeous "I Want to Sing for You" is a simple, straightforward take on the artist/audience relationship. "Ay Yi Yi Yi," indeed.—RW