Debbie Bond review…April 7, 2016…

DEBBIE BOND

ENJOY THE RIDE

BLUES ROOT PRODUCTIONS  BRP–1601

ENJOY THE RIDE–RAINBOW–LOVE VIBRATION–LEFT ME IN THE DARK–FIND A WAY–I AM THE BLUES–HUMBLE PIE–WISHBONE–REMEDY–START WITH LOVE–TRAIN SONG

Debbie Bond has been a major force on the Alabama blues scene for some thirty years, mentoring with that state’s legends, including Johnny Shines, Willie King, and Jody Williams, among others.  Completely immersed in the soulful sounds of the Muscle Shoals region, her latest album is a reflection of her career as a ‘Bama blueswoman, entitled “Enjoy The Ride,” featuring eleven tracks, six written by Debbie and her musical and life partner, Rick Asherson.

Adding to the festivities are a long list of Debbie’s friends, including Will McFarlane on guitar, Spooner Oldham on organ, and Rachel and Carla Edwards on backing vocals.  Throughout, we are treated to Debbie’s soulful, lilting vocals and guitar, and Rick’s fiery harp and keyboard bass.

Opening the show is the title cut–Debbie’s childhood memories of advice given her by her father, that “it ain’t about the destination–you’ve got to Enjoy The Ride!”  She turns up the heat in this one with some killer slide playing, also.  A couple of different looks at love follow, with the tale of a lover who can’t commit.  Debbie lets him go, hoping he’ll find his “Rainbow.”  Another cool minor-key cut was written by Jody Williams and is an ode to cheatin’ lovers everywhere, as Debbie wonders why “You Left Me In The Dark.”

There’s plenty more good times, too.  A good ol’  punchy horn section adds to that famous “Muscle Shoals Sound” in the gospel-inflected “Find A Way to love again,” while Rick’s Excello-riffic harp riffs give a swampy vibe to Debbie’s proclamation that “I Am The Blues.”  She and Rick close the set on a country-blues note, as his harp lines add to the ambience of Debbie’s moanin’, lost-lover vocals on “Train Song.”

Our favorite was easy.  The good-time combo of piano and harp give “I got a Wishbone where my backbone should be” a sweet New Orleans feel, as Debbie laments another questionable choice of lovers!

Debbie Bond continues to serve up some mighty fine Southern soul and blues, and all us fans are much the richer for it.  Everybody come along, and let’s all “Enjoy The Ride!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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