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Debbie Bond - Hearts Are Wild

Blues Root Productions

Twelve tracks - 51:03

Her last album, What Goes Around Comes Around, was released in 1998. Debbie has certainly paid her blues dues. Born in Los Angeles, she eventually made her home in Alabama where she fell into the Alabama blues scene at an early age. Over the years she has become an ambassador for Alabama Blues, and in addition to working with the likes of Willie King, Johnny Shines and Jerry McCain, has fronted the Alabama Blues Project, pushing educational programs, concerts and CDs.

In this album she has moved away from covering the work of others, to a concentration on her own song writing and musicianship. She sees this as a turning point as she expands her horizons and seeks to do her own thing.

Debbie does the honors here as both rhythm and lead guitarist and of course, principal vocalist. She is joined here by her husband, Rik Asherson (keyboards, harmonica, and background vocals), James - Mr. B - Brown (bass, rhythm and lead guitars, back ground vocals) Dave Crenshaw (drums and percussion), Brad Guin (sax) , and Chad Fisher (trombone) Rob Alley (trumpet) and Brice Miller (trumpet).

It is tempting to compare her to other artists but that is unfair to her and to you. Debbie has a unique sound that carries this twelve song set in a number of directions. She has a strong lyrical capacity and both the lyrics and the sound can grab your ears and your mind with a vengeance. "Nothing but the Blues," is a song despairing of modern living and politics “You claim you’re killing for peace, to set people free, But people are dying is all we can see…”. "I Like It Like That," is a clever, double entendre song about the benefits of having a young lover who can keep things cooking and the opener “Dead Zone Blues” is a terrific horn driven piece allegedly about despair, but with undercurrent of hope “Always in the right place at the wrong time, Operator get me Jesus on the mainline”, a neat reference to a classic gospel song.

The CD comes with a booklet with all the lyrics in it and is strongly recommended.

Reviewer Ian McKenzie lives in England. He is the editor of Blues In The South ( a monthly flier providing news, reviews, a gig guide and all kinds of other good stuff, for people living and going to gigs along the south coast of England. Ian is also a blues performer (see and has two web-cast regular blues radio shows. One on www.phonic.FM in Exeter (Wednesdays: 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central), the second on KCOR – Kansas City Online Radio (on Fridays at 1pm Eastern/ 12 noon Central).

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