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That Thing Called Love

by Debbie Bond & The Trudats

Bond's third album develops her original blues Americana style with a bit of soul, country and jazz!
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. You're the Kind of Trouble
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2. Steady Rolling Man
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3. Feed My Soul
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4. I Like It Like That
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4:45 $0.99
5. Still Missing You
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3:58 $0.99
6. Tarragona Blues
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3:19 $0.99
7. Falling
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4:05 $0.99
8. That Thing Called Love
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4:57 $0.99
9. Tarragona Blues (Extended Mix)
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Album Notes
Singer, guitar player and songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama backwoods for over 30 years backing many traditional Alabama blues musicians in the US and Europe, including Eddie Kirkland, Jerry "Boogie" McCain and Willie King. She is a blues activist and founded the award winning Alabama Blues Project, a non profit that promotes and preserves Alabama blues. In recent years she has turned to fronting her own band and performing her own music.

Debbie's singing has been compared to Maria Muldaur and Bonnie Raitt, both of whom she cites as musical influences but the truth is that Debbie does it her way. Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, rock, jazz and even country influences. Her partner in life and music, British born Rick Asherson, is an outstanding keyboard player and gives their music a honky-tonk, New Orleans flavored sound. This unique musical synthesis can be heard on her new album, "That Thing Called Love".

Here's some reviews for Debbie's album released last year, "Heart's Are Wild".

"California-born Debbie Bond may have had a worldly upbringing, living in countries like Holland, Germany and West Africa, but she's an Alabama girl through and through. Bond has not only worked with some of the state's best bluesmen . . . [including] Johnny Shines and Willie King, but she also began the Alabama Blues Project in 1995 in her adopted home state. The project's goal is the ultimate preservation of the blues as an art form through an awareness of education, live performance archival matters, and cultural understanding. Hearts Are Wild, though only her second solo disc (her first was in 1998s What Goes Around Comes Around), sounds like the work of a seasoned vet.

Bond's band, led by keyboardist and husband Rick Asherson (who co-produced the disc with Bond), is nimble and treads lightly-each instrument is tidily separated in a made-for-headphones mix. As a guitarist, Bond doesn't spend her time trying to get her licks noticed, instead relying on her songwriting and healthy groove, a la Memphis bump 'Dead Zone Blues.' Her playing is best exemplified on tracks like the title cut, her brittle, tremolo-doused leads accenting the velvety slow-blues of Asheron's last call piano-bar tinkling. 'Drama Mama' is an ode to a woman who 'has more tricks than I can mention, keeping her the center of attention,' with trumpet from Brice Miller muted to produce a cotton Club-era jazzy whine.

Bond's spot-on cover of Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit 'Baby I Love You' quakes with funky soul, her band sharpening up the original with stimulating drum lashes and economically siphoned melodic sax. Her voice segueing to the candy-coated breathy vibrato with 'let me give it to you baby.' Similarly engaging is the roadhouse-lite, 'I Like It Like That,' a tongue-in-cheek, libido-stoking cut ('my baby's young and able to feed my appetite, cooks it up in the morning, even late at night.') The disc ends appropriately, with the slightly churched-up soul 'Since I Found Love,' Bond proclaiming, 'I thank heaven above, since I found love.'

A mouthpiece for sultry, Southern charm and whimsical musical conversation, Debbie Bond gets her heart tangled up in an intimate mess of backwoods Alabama soul." (Mark Uricheck, Living Blues Magazine #217, February 2012)

"Happy New Year from the Southland! Want to make it happier? Pick up Debbie Bond’s new CD Hearts Are Wild for a rollicking blues entry into 2012. Debbie is from Alabama, by way of California, Holland, Germany, and even West Africa. She has been performing since she was 13, and hits a homerun with her new CD. Twelve songs and ten originals, with soul and love in each one. Debbie belts out some great blues with her sensuous voice, and long flaming red hair, she got the stuff, and looks the part. The band is cooking with horns, piano, harp, and a great sound. It’s a roller coaster ride from shuffles to ballads, to slow love songs, to pure blues. She’s got that Alabama drawl and rasp that makes us all love those Southern gals anyhow. She even sings 'You’re the kind of trouble I could get into.' 'Hearts Are Wild,' the cut the CD is named after, is just a great piece of slow blues. 'Still Missing You' is another heart grabber. 'I Like It Like That' is another favorite, and the last cut on the CD 'Since I Found Love,' is just the right song to leave you wanting some more. Overall the mix of horns, piano, tasty guitar, tempting vocals, and a sincerity to play good music, leaves this listener pretty danged satisfied. There’s not a cut on here that you will skip over. Yea, it’s good stuff my friends. Check into it and see what you think." (Blue Barry, Smoky Mountain Blues Society, January 2012)

"Her immersion in the blues has deeply flavored her guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing, yet her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul, blues, rock, jazz and even country influences. This unique musical synthesis can be heard on her latest album, 2011's Hearts Are Wild." (Weekly Blues News, Blues Festival Guide, January 13, 2012)



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