Deborah Coleman, Where Blue Begins

John Morthland

By John Morthland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A noble shot at truly modern blues.

Despite the portentous (or is that pretentious?) title, Coleman has more going for her than it sometimes first appears. She brings a little singer-songwriter technique to her vocals, but not enough to sidetrack her away from the blues; her blues-rock guitar work on efforts like “Goodbye Misery” and “Travelin'South” is succinct, to the point and occasionally explosive. Working here with Luther Allison's musicians, she achieves an intriguing set that also happens to represent a noble shot at truly modern blues.