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Monday, June 13, 2016

Blues Root Productions artist: Debbie Bond - Enjoy The Ride - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the newest release, Enjoy The Ride, from Debbie Bond, and it is a soulful grouping of radio styled tracks. Opening with title track, Enjoy The Ride, Bonds leads the way on vocal backed by serious heat by Rachel and Carla Edwards. Will McFarlane lays in some real nice slide guitar and Dave Crenshaw really plays some super percussion. Easy jazz rocker, Rainbow, has a pleasant melody and solid rhythm. R&B track, Love Vibration, with Rachel and Carla backing Bonds shows some of the best vocals on the release and featuring Spooner Oldham on B3. Left Me In The Dark has a cool Latin influenced rhythm and features a sassy guitar solo by Bonds. R&B track, Find A Way, has great bones with hot horn work from Brad Guin and sassy vocals from Bond. Possibly my favorite track on the release. I Am The Blues has super backing vocals by Rachel and Carla and cool harp backing to the lead vocals by Bond. Warm organ and nice sax work and clean horn work give Humble Pie a cool feel with a slightly funky bottom. New Orleans style piano work by Bonds supplemented by light harp gives Wishbone a cool structure for some of the most clever lyrics on the release. McFarlane's slide work on Remedy gives it a real warm feel and nicely blended vocals by Bond, Carla and Rachel give this track a cool hook. Another solid radio track, Start With Love, shows a great hook with a sweet melody. Wrapping the release is Train Song, with "Radiator" Rick on harp, and with Rachel and Carla's backing vocals has many of the traits of a primitive blues holler. Super finish to this solid release.

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