“Long Tall Deb raises attitude to a new latitude. Her songs cook with more smoke and sauce than all of Memphis, 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.
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.)
Streets of Mumbai was produced and engineered by Michael Landolt (Maroon 5, O.A.R) at Curry House Records.