Certainly no newcomer to the Blues scene, it’s surprising that ‘Hearts Are Wild’ is Debbie’s second solo release. After years of working with legends like Willie King and Johnny Shines, and devoting time to the Alabama Blues Project, Debbie has released the long awaited follow up to ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’.
Debbie’s voice is unique, and well suited to all the styles of Blues and Roots music that she explores on this CD. Moving effortlessly from strut to shuffle and from boogie to ballad she offers a little something for everybody. With twelve tracks, most of them originals, I was really looking forward to listening to this one.
“Dead Zone Blues” kicks off the CD and is a great song. Full of attitude and swagger, it’s just what you’re looking for in a CD like this. Another great track is “My Time”. What I love about this, other than the rocker vibe, are the lyrics. As a child of the 70’s I can fully relate to the playful lyrics about how things like Facebook have changed our lives.
“Falling” is a beautiful ballad full of emotion, and you can feel the love she has for her partner Rick Asherson, who is also a member of the band on keys, harps, and background vocals. Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You” is the standout of the two covers. Aretha is never easy to cover, but Debbie does it extremely well.
There are solos throughout that are wonderful. From Brad Guin’s tenor sax in “Falling” to the guitar solos throughout, and the trumpet of Brice Miller, “Hearts Are Wild” is an inviting listen that I think you’ll enjoy.