LONG TALL DEB – RAISE YOUR HANDS – REVIEW BY A.J. WACHTEL
LONG TALL DEB
Raise Your Hands
By A.J. Wachtel
Long Tall Deb’s voice growls and lectures, and since she co-wrote ten of the twelve cuts on this great debut solo release; it reminisces too. And you can hear these qualities in every note in every song. She is a talented artist on the rise, a transplanted Texan now based in Ohio, and her style blends Soul, Gospel and Americana into her own unique sound. And I love it. The killer opener, “What Would A Good Woman Do” is more R & B than Blues, “Married To The Blues” is soulful, the title track “Raise Your Hands” is Gospel influenced; and Americana flavored songs like “Train To Tucson”, “The Last Time”, and “To Find His Home” all showcase her tight band and great vocals. I really dig her version of Tom Waits’ “New Coat Of Paint” where she turns his folkie snarl into a bluesy memory; real cool. John Popovich on keys, Melvin Powe on the low notes and guitarist extraordinaire Sean Carney are joined by a bunch of artists including Roomful Of Blues’ Phil Pemberton and Stevie Ray Double Trouble vet Reese Wynans and keep things very interesting and solid behind Deb’s beautiful voice. This should be in everyone’s cd collection if you have ears.