Debbie Bond and the TruDats review…December 30, 2013…

DEBBIE BOND AND THE TRUDATS

THAT THING CALLED LOVE

BLUES ROOT PRODUCTIONS  BRP 1301

YOU’RE THE KIND OF TROUBLE–STEADY ROLLING MAN–FEED MY SOUL–I LIKE IT LIKE THAT–STILL MISSING YOU–TARRAGONA BLUES–FALLING–THAT THING CALLED LOVE–TARRAGONA BLUES (EXTENDED MIX)

In April, 2013,  Debbie Bond and the TruDats were finishing up a road trip just up I-65 from their home base of Alabama, after appearing here for the Nashville Blues And Jazz Awards.  Their last stop was an appearance on Radio Free Nashville’s Mando Blues Show.  And, what began as a live taping on WRFN high in the hills of West Nashville, just a hoot ‘n’ a holler from the Loveless Cafe, turned into their latest album.

Debbie broke into the soulful groove of “You’re The Kind Of Trouble I could get into,” and engineer Rob McClain just let the tapes (and the good times) keep rollin.’  “That Thing Called Love” is the result–unrehearsed, done “in the moment” in one take with the band hittin’ an unbelieveable groove.

Debbie’s got that beautiful, lilting voice that is perfect for the chosen material. She’s playfully cajoling while extolling the virtues of her “Steady Rolling Man,” with Crescent City-fied piano from Debbie’s partner in love, Rick Asherson, and sax from Tom Pallardy, and again in the call-and-response of “I Like It Like That.”  Then, she turns poignantly pensive in the story of  a love she just can’t quite get over, “Still Missing You,” as she lays down a sweet guitar solo at the bridge over Tom’s subtle sax.

Debbie also has a deep affinity for Spanish rhythms, in particular the Tarragona region.  As such, the bossa nova beat of “Tarragona Blues,” with its references to Spain and Alabama, and “the long way to go,” between the two regions is presented in two versions.  The latter features an extended percussive intro, and, in listening to both versions, one finds the distance between the regions may be excessive in miles, but relatively short, musically speaking.

The title cut was our favorite.  The rest of the band lays down a rolling-thunder groove and is the perfect foil for Deb’s Telecaster fills and testifyin’ vocals that spin the tale of the power of “That Thing Called Love.”

This recording was the culmination of a magical weekend for Debbie Bond and the TruDats.  Rare is the occasion when a band hits its stride the way this group came together for this album.  “That Thing Called Love” represents not only the first official release from the OmegaLab Studios, but, with the excellence of the musicians involved, it is Debbie’s strongest set to date!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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