Groovy is the word for Deborah Coleman. She’s got the hip sensibility of Joan Armatrading blended with the blues groove of B.B. King. The result is music that moves you.
When Coleman released her major-label debut, I Can’t Lose, in ’97, VG‘s review announced, “Deborah Coleman is a triple threat. She combines fresh songwriting, soulful vocals, and inspired guitarwork on this unique blend of blues, R&B, and soul. It’s a magical combination… Buy this disc, and keep an eye on Deborah Coleman.” She followed that with Where Blue Begins in ’98 and 2000’s Soft Place to Fall.
Now she’s back with more of a hot thing. Livin’ On Love rides a groove that’s part blues, part R&B, part rock and roll, and all a good thing. Her songs are tight and well-crafted, built for dancing.
Coleman admits she was inspired to play guitar by both The Monkees and Jimi Hendrix – surely a rare combination. Wielding her Les Paul Classic, she lays down tight solos and driving rhythm lines that propel her songs forward like a runaway freight train. Former Nighthawks guitar hero Jimmy Thackery adds his axework to three cuts.
If you’ve checked out Coleman’s earlier releases, you’ll want this, as well. If not, now is the time to hop aboard.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Aug. ’01 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.