LONG TALL DEB
FEATURING COLIN JOHN
STREETS OF MUMBAI (EP)
STREETS OF MUMBAI–JAILHOUSE–HOLE IN MY HEART–SHINE THAT SONG LIKE GOLD
Long Tall Deb (Landolt) and guitarist Colin John recently went on a sabbatical that included stops here in the South, as well as places such as Hawaii, Nepal, and India. Indeed, these are not places that one would think could be musically-connected, but when she returned to Columbus OH, she headed straight for MCL Studios and laid down a unique EP that contains influences from all these locations. It’s a four-song affair entitled “Streets Of Mumbai,” that mixes Eastern and New World sounds with Stax soul and the deep blues of the Delta.
Got you curious? So were we, until we started listening. First up, the title cut has Colin playing some inspired baby sitar and lap steel licks as Deb sings of the spiritual rejuvenation that comes with “a rickshaw ride at 4 AM thru the Streets Of Mumbai.” Next up is a cut with sweet backing vocals that recall Stax soul as she weaves the tail of “Jailhouse,” describing the lengths that true lovers will go to protect their relationship. Deb goes the opposite route in the blues-rock of “Hole In My Heart,” playing the scorned lover vowing revenge. This one featured great keyboard work from Nate Hollman.
By far, for us, the most unique and powerful cut of the four closes the set. A strong collaboration between Deb, Colin, and Grammy-winning writer Terry Abrahamson is entitled “Shine That Song Like Gold.” It is a mythical tale of “one more Robert Johnson song” that has Deb goin’ down to the Crossroads for a meeting with the one “who’ll entertain the price,” knowing full well what that price will be. She name-checks most of the known twenty-nine songs herein, as she ascends the “700 steps to the Devil’s throne!”
Long Tall Deb, Colin John, and the rest of the band have decidedly expanded the boundaries of the blues with “Streets Of Mumbai.” If you are looking for something fresh and exciting, this is a good place to start, and we hope there is a full-length set of this material in the future! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.