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Deborah Coleman - Where Blue Begins (1998)
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1. Love Moves Me
2. Goodbye Misery
3. Hain't It Funny
4. Travelin' South
5. The Dream
6. Walk Your Walk
7. They Raided the Joint
8. Do You Want My Love
9. On the Hunt
10. Beside Myself
11. Nobody to Blame
Personnel: Deborah Coleman (vocals, electric & slide guitars); James Solberg (guitar); Joanna Connor (slide guitar); Mike Vlahakis (keyboards); John Lundberg (bass); Robb Stupka (drums); Ollie Bolds (background vocals).Recorded at Hot Ham & Cheese Studios, Chicago, Illinois.All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.It's not easy making your mark as a modern blues artist. It's hard enough to keep from getting bogged down by tradition, never mind establishing an individual artistic voice. Deborah Coleman seems to have her own solution to that problem: throw tradition out the window. On WHERE BLUE BEGINS the formidable guitarist/vocalist takes the considerable lessons she's learned from the blues and applies them to a fresh-sounding musical stew that includes rock, funk, blues, R&B and more. A staunch modernist, her slide work is more Duane Allman than Elmore James, and her choice of material is eclectic to say the least, ranging from Jane Siberry ("Hain't It Funny") to Louis Jordan ("They Raided the Joint"). Blues purists probably won't come anywhere near this album, and they'll never know what they're missing.
Deborah Coleman's WHERE BLUE BEGINS features blues and rocking R&B. Her voice can be sexy, sassy, and downright sarcastic, but she brings a sad edge to the tunes that need that mournful sound. The lady also plays a great lead and slide guitar. WHERE BLUE BEGINS offers up a range of great music for the blues enthusiast, and if Deborah Coleman's music is an unfamiliar thing, this CD is a treat and showcases some of this wonderful blues singer's best.
WHERE BLUE BEGINS is Deborah Coleman's third album and her second for Blind Pig Records. New Moon released her first album, TAKIN' A STAND, followed by Blind Pig's release of I CAN'T LOSE. Blind Pig has also released SOFT PLACE TO FALL and LIVIN' ON LOVE (Coleman's latest release). Coming from a musically inclined family, Coleman took a temporary reprieve from her future in music by becoming an electrician and raising her daughter. Then, in 1993, Coleman put a three-piece band together that included her brother and a friend, and traveled to South Carolina's Charleston Blue Festival's National Amatuer Talent Search. She won first place and re-started the music career she'd temporarily stepped away from. The music contracts and success swiftly followed.
Seven of the eleven songs on the CD were written by Deborah Coleman, proving her skills as a songsmith as well. "Love Moves Me" is a bluesy feel-good piece that rocks the listener into a ready-for-anything mood. Stepping up the tempo, "Goodbye Misery" gets the blood going and brings about a lust for freedom. "Hain't It Funny" is one of the covers Coleman does on the CD but she showcases her guitar licks, and her voice turns sweet and sultry, hinting at the pain she is capable of projecting. Coleman gets back to some serious rocking in her cover of "Travelin' South", layering in some serious head-bobbing funk for the listener. "The Dream" brings the listening experience back down to something slow and mellow, and Coleman's voice aches with the heaviness of emotion, a true blues number. In "Walk Your Walk", Coleman once again leans on her guitar work and delivers an R&B piece that would fit perfectly in a small bar filled with a blue haze of cigarette smoke and dark shadows. She covers "They Raided The Joint" in a rollicking display of guitar licks and swing-style blues. "Do You Want My Love" has a slow delivery but displays the intensity Coleman can put into her music with her voice, backed by her guitar. "On The Hunt" picks up the tempo again and brings back the sheer fun Coleman brings to several of her songs. "Beside Myself" is a solid bluesy rocker. Closing the CD with "Nobody To Blame", Coleman slows the tempo down again, but delivers a strong blues cover of the song that has involved listeners singing the chorus with her.
WHERE BLUE BEGINS is recommended to blues listeners who like Bonnie Raitt and Delbert McClinton. Joanna Connor, another lady who sings the blues, lends her slide guitar work on "Nobody To Blame".