Joslyn & The Sweet Compression are unlike any other band that Kentucky has to offer. Their distinct sound traces it’s roots back to the classic funk and soul records that took the world by storm, reminiscent of the sounds of Motown. Conjuring visions of ladies like Jill Scott, Chaka Khan and the one and only Aretha Franklin. Here at Capture Kentucky, we refer to vocalist Joslyn Hampton as the “Queen of Kentucky” and once you hear the range, power and vocal control this young lady possesses, I think you’ll agree.
The Sweet Compression are led by guitarist Marty Charters. Marty toured with the wonderful and legendary bluesman Junior Wells for many years, as well as with Cincinnati’s H-Bomb Ferguson. Once Marty began looking to create a new project, he didn’t have to look far for the voice he wanted. Marty also happens to be the Stepfather of Joslyn Hampton. After collaborating to write some songs, they quickly found themselves needing to round out the band. Steve Holloman holds down the keys and some harmonies, while drummer Rashawn Fleming mans the kit. He’s accompanied by bassist Smith Donaldson and the horns of Joe Carucci and Kyle Fox.
Many local folks will know that the CD version of Joslyn’s debut was released late in 2018 and we were lucky enough to cover the show at the Burl. You can revisit that night here.
The good news is that on Friday, May 11th the album will now be available on all streaming platforms and digital stores. You can also swing by their website to pick up the exclusive vinyl. Before we get into the album stream, let’s take a moment to enjoy the brand new animated video, that debuted at Billboard, for “What Did You Think Was Gonna Happen?” below.
We were also lucky to have the band at our inaugural Music Rules Fest, which is a partnership with the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Feel free to enjoy their performance of the great “Gimme Shelter” which was of course written by the Rolling Stones.
The only thing left now, is for you to sit back and enjoy the album!