CD Review: Debbie Bond and The TruDats ~ That Thing Called Love


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Scan0002Debbie Bond and The TruDats
That Thing Called Love

This is an album full of the energy gained from recording live in an Army Surplus tent in the hills of West Nashville. Made into a special album of Debbie’s Alabama inspired blues with inspiration from across the blues spectrum with some mixing and mastering in the studio; this was not as originally planned but really works

There is a cleanness of sound that has been blended using vocals, keys, guitar, harp and rhythm section that just have that magic to mix and pour out tunes that please and get those feet tapping with a collection of seven originals and two covers that fit like a glove in the sound being created on That Thing Called Love.

Opening with You’re The Kind of Trouble the tone is set with the vocals that reflect in its melodic throatiness the 30 years of performing music live and in the studio on this her third album that just gets into your musical soul and continues to deliver music that just does not disappoint. The other cover is their version of Wendell Holmes Feed My Soul this is seductive and gets the hairs on the back of your neck raised and the shiver cascades down your spine; added to the mix is a sultry sax this is a track that stays with you long after the music fades.

Capturing the tempo and feel of a 1920’s country fair with the dance beat of Steady Rolling Man. This is a track where the interaction of Saxophone and Piano create the mood with a ragtime beat and reflects the touring life of musicians and the speakeasy environment of times gone by. The title track is at the heart of the album and stands out from the beginning with deep soulful instrumental of muted drums, searing sax and moody bass, the guitar and Debbie’s vocals power through the track that has a dark underbelly and is different from the rest of the pack and does pack a musical punch! Want some jazzed up blues with a flamenco aire then Tarragona Blues will fit the order as the mood is captured with a click of the drums and the beat of the bossa nova entwined this is a number to get audiences out of their seats and onto the dance floor and for good measure there is an extended version bringing the album to its close. This is an album that is never hard-hitting but full of style and textures, Debbie’s vocals and guitar work ensure that and she has surrounded herself with musicians who know the sound she is creating, blues that has soul and at times a pop feel and often a dance beat but as the song says I Like It Like That.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

Track Listing
You’re The Kind Of Trouble
Steady Rolling Man
Feed My Soul
I Like It Like That
Still Missing You
Tarragona Blues
That Thing Called Love
Tarragona Blues – extended mix