Joslyn & The Sweet Compression - Bona Fide (Shop)
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A rising force out of Lexington, Kentucky, the band led by Joslyn Hampton came out swinging on their sophomore album, ready to uplift and inspire through their singular and stirring soul-funk sound. 2019's critically acclaimed debut album made them a favorite headliner at regional clubs and music festivals. After a grueling and relentless tour schedule – one that saw them supporting Tower of Power at New York's Sony Hall and Tyler Childers at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre – the band is back with Bona Fide, a sonically and emotionally charged record that captures their breathtaking live energy as well as their humanity.
Musically, Bona Fide blends soulful and smoldering neo-funk with elements of the '70s and '80s R&B. Hampton pulls from her inspirations – Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey – as well as from the opera singers she studied in college. "I find myself applying all of the things I've learned to my passion now and placing it in my music," she shares.
The result is a unique, hooky style that helps Joslyn & The Sweet Compression stand apart from their contemporaries. To Hampton, Bona Fide is a record of a ride she calls "the human rollercoaster."