“Long Tall Deb raises attitude to a new latitude. Her songs cook with more smoke and sauce than all of Memphis, generic viagra and her soul will break your back. Colin John’s guitar flogs you with a cotton branch ’til you bleed honey. Together they ride a no-brakes rhythm section locomotive to a time when the rooms were red, the music was black and the untold tales waited patiently for the coming of the voice worthy of the telling. Get ready. Here she comes.” ~Terry Abrahamson, Grammy-winning songwriter for Muddy Watters, George Thorogood and Joan Jett
Long Tall Deb and Colin John combine a genre-bending and refreshingly original new sound on their new VizzTone EP Streets of Mumbai. The richly-textured layers on these four tracks incorporate world influence with a soul-blues base picked up on their travels throughout India, Nepal, Hawaii and the American South. Together with a whip-smart band: Nate Hollman, organ; Melvin Powe, bass; and Jo El and Brandon Pettiford on drums, they have created forward-thinking, next-generation music crowned with an old soul. Streets of Mumbai was produced and engineered by Michael Landolt (Maroon 5, O.A.R) at Curry House Records.
The title track, inspired by their recent trip to India, is summed up in the line: “No better way to wake up than a rickshaw ride at 4 a.m. on the streets of Mumbai”. The sound is complemented by the merging of eastern influence and American Blues that is as hypnotic as it is unique. Jailhouse is a cheeky contemporary rocking soul and Motown-influenced number about the non-negotiables in relationships. Hole In My Heart is a classic rocker-in-the-making that warns the listener about the consequences of causing the recipient grief.
Shine that song Like Gold, a collaboration with Grammy-winning lyricist Terry Abrahamson, tells the story of the fabled “lost” Robert Johnson song. The sound is best described as the collective offspring of Tom Waits, Martha & The Vandellas, Motown Rhythm Section, Keith Richards and Billy Gibbons (with David Lynch and Jim Jarmusch filming.)
Their live performances are simultaneously engaging and incendiary and they connect with each other and audiences around the world in a positive, uplifting and inspiring way. Clearly, they love what they do and love the audiences for whom they entertain. Recent notable performances include opening theater shows for BB King and Robert Cray, and playing to standing ovations for enthusiastic club and festival audiences in India, Nepal, and across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Long Tall Deb
It’s not just her honey and molasses-soaked voice, who About.com described as “the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’ soul” or her keen, nuanced songwriting that blend experience with a hint of mysticism (Long Tall Deb’s Texas/Mexico border roots are never far away from her songwriting). What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage is nothing short of one-of-a-kind. She goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to paint a stunning picture that is deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is, as evidenced on her well-received VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands”. Now with the release of her upcoming VizzTone EP, “Streets of Mumbai”, inspired by her recent touring in India and Nepal, she continues to push the envelope stylistically and musically and is ready to explode onto a larger scene. This past year’s highlights include a coveted slot at North America’s second largest music festival: the Ottawa Blues Festival, a tour of Italy, headlining dates at Buddy Guy’s Legends, opening slots for B.B. King and Robert Cray, numerous other festivals and a tour of India and Nepal culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival.
An accomplished, versatile musician, Colin John commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing. Coming from The Big Island of Hawaii, this Transpacific Bluesman is internationally regarded and recognized as a unique musician, possessing equal skill on acoustic, resonator and electric guitars. As a slide player, Colin’s facility as both lap and bottleneck styles- as well as a formidable fingerpicker- is impressive. His command and synthesis of genres including blues,soul and Hawaiian was described by the British music magazine Mojo as “Ferociously entertaining funked-up R&B” by Blues Revue as,”Mississippi Meets Maui”.
“This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he abandoned the rat race, moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs.” Guitar Player Magazine
Colin has played extensively in England, the USA, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Spain. To date, Colin has recorded six solo albums, featuring diverse musicians from Al Green’s band and Eric Clapton’s group. He has guested on albums by Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin and played alongside many notable American & British blues and roots artists including B.B.King, Pinetop Perkins, Hank Ballard, James Cotton, Phil Guy and Big Jack Johnson, In addition to live performances, Colin works with the Maui-based Arts Education for Children Group helping children to realize their musical ambitions through learning about the blues and performing. Colin endorses and is a featured artist at www.nationalguitars.com
Melvin grew up in Akron, Ohio, surrounded by talented young musicians. His first significant band experience was a talent show in junior high school. Decked out in a cape made by his mother, he sang “I Feel Good”, by James Brown. Melvin brought the house down that day, and after realizing the girls were screaming for him, he hasn’t looked back since. “My first instrument was slide trombone but I got turned out on bass by going to a live concert in Canton, Ohio to see Grand Funk Railroad.” Melvin later spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area, soaking up the sounds of Latin and jazz music, as well as getting influenced by top touring acts such as Santana, Tower of Power, War, Steely Dan, Roy Ayers, and The Ohio Players to name a few.