Review: Deb Ryder – Let It Rain

Posted on: Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Deb Ryder – Let It Rain

(Bejeb Music: BEJ109)

Here’s a classy affair from Deb Ryder, who is regarded as one of the fastest-rising female blues singers in the USA, and on “Let It Rain” she shows her abilities by just not having a super voice, but has also penned all 11 songs here – and she is aided and abetted by a top class line-up of some of the best players around, with the album being produced by Tony Braunagel, and engineered and mixed by Johnny Lee Schell – who also contribute musically.

The album spans some soulful blues and swing that covers the country from the West Coast to Chicago and down to New Orleans and a most appealing collection it is from start to finish. The opening “That’s Just How It Is” positively races out of the traps – a bluesy shuffle featuring Mike Finnigan’s Hammond B-3 and some trademark Kirk Fletcher guitar lines, and super tight rhythm section of Deb Ryder’s husband, Ric, on bass and producer Tony Braunagel on drums.

It’s down to New Orleans for the rumba “Can’t Go Back Again” – with the horns of the vastly in-demand Lee Thornburg and Lon Price to the fore. Elsewhere Kim Wilson guest on three tracks, a highlight being the lowdown groove of  “Guilty As Sin”, with some typical brilliant harmonica. Legendary British guitarist Albert Lee puts an appearance in on “Ma Misere”, and is joined on the track by the Louisiana-flavoured accordion of David Fraser, as the whole ensemble take us down to the bayou, with lovely guitar from the afore-mentioned Mr. Lee.

This mighty fine album ends in style with the stripped-down swampy “Round And Around”, with Kim Wilson and Kirk Fletcher weaving their magic around the glorious vocals of Deb Ryder – a treat from start to finish and well worthy of your attention!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.debryder.com

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