April 29, 2011
A Fiery Feminine Point of View
Blueswax Rating: 9
by Dan Willging
Despite an abundance of blues rockers across the globe these days, Long Tall Deb & the Drifter Kings of Columbus, Ohio, still manages to carve its niche with this eleven-track, all-original debut. What separates this from many offerings of this ilk are the messages relayed from a woman’s perspective. “I Would Not Back Down” takes a stance on domestic violence, while “What Kind of Man” admonishes those neglecting parental responsibilities. “Overlooked” means not settling in a relationship but keeping an open mind.
Granted, not every track deals with heavy social issues — a couple, “Chef Jen’s Kitchen” and “Do It,” have a lighthearted New Orleans flair with drummer Doug Oscard‘s second line beats. As a vocalist, Long Tall Deb Landolt is compelling enough with her rough-hewn, whiskey-soaked pipes that are a cross between Janis Joplin, Susan Tedeschi, and Bonnie Raitt. With Richey B. Hamrick’s scorching lead guitar providing a nice complement to Landolt, the band consistently plays hard on this well engineered recording produced by Michael Hill of Blues Mob fame. Interestingly, the gunslingin’ guitarist contributed the disc’s most unusual track, the acoustic-centric “Ride This Land” based on Landolt’s cross-country travels with her young son. A decent blues-rock offering that doesn’t back down.
Dan Willging is a contributing editor to BluesWax.