That Thing Called Love recorded Live in Nashville at a secret hilltop studio!
Release Date: January 7 2014
Release Date: January 7 2014
"We are SO looking forward to our show at Moonlight on the Mountain this week, Friday September 13th!
"Wonderful listening room - sharing the night with blues/Americana Vet. Toney Russell Gulley. Hope to see you at this early evening, smoke free show. Advanced copies of the new CD will be available!" -Debbie Bond
In April 2013, Debbie Bond and The TruDats rolled up Highway 65 for a live taping on WFRN’s Mando Blues Show recorded at Omegalab Studio high on an undisclosed mountain peak just west of Nashville. The TruDats rendezvoused at The Loveless Café and were then led through the woods to the secret location. The studio, brainchild of mastermind Rob McClain, is a massive army tent facility that runs on nothing more than six car batteries, car stereo amplifiers and LED lighting at a deceptively low 1600 watts.
In what was meant to be the culmination of a big Nashville adventure after a guest spot at The Nashville Blues and Jazz Awards, The Mando Blues Show turned out to be a welcome surprise as Debbie launched into a soulful groove of wild heart Alabama blues-soul stew in what would become That Thing Called Love.
Debbie Bond and The TruDats showcased three new songs meant to be on the next studio recording and after hearing the playback and feeling the magical vibe of The TruDats playing at their peak and being captured on a recording to rival Austin City Limits or a BBC Live In Studio showcase Debbie decided to release That Thing Called Love, the first Live recording as an album release to come from WFRN’s Mando Blues Show.
Debbie Bond & The Tru Dats with guest saxophonist Tom Pallardy burned thru a Blues format bending set that went from the New Orleans French Quarter retro “Steady Rolling Man” to The Holmes Brothers “Feed my Soul” as well as the title track “That Thing Called Love.”
The opportunity to record “Tarragona Blues” a tribute to the fans in Spain and have it pressed in time for the guest spot at The Tarragona Blues Festival was serendipitous karma that happened like a hat trick in time for the festival season.
If there ever was a moment that Debbie Bond was meant for, it was that weekend in Nashville that set the wheels in motion for a live recording that was unplanned, unrehearsed and became a sublime jewel with all the facets that make up her sound whether it be Blues, Soul, Funk, Ragtime or Swamp Pop. Now it is a gift to all her fans.
Debbie Bond was born in California, but spent her formative years living in Germany, Holland, England, Scotland and West Africa where she began performing at age 13. The Blues became her calling where she was drawn to Alabama over two decades ago and worked with most notably Johnny Shines, Jerry Boogie McCain, James Peterson, Eddie Kirkland, Sam Lay, Little Jimmy Reed and Willie King performing in most of the major Blues Festivals all over the world. Debbie continues to be an elder statesman of the Alabama Blues scene after co-founding The Alabama Blues Project before releasing two albums, What Goes Around Comes Around and Hearts Are Wild.
Rick Asherson grew up in England as a classically trained musician and stumbled onto Willie King while searching for personal growth and the root of the blues. Rick and Debbie were introduced to each other by Willie King which turned into both a professional and personal relationship for both of them. Rick is a multi-instrumentalist/vocalist that is comfortable juggling two instruments at once while leading The Tru Dats.
Publicity / Radio: Betsie Brown, Blind Raccoon, bêtsie@blindraccoon.com (901) 278-6850
Booking/Label: Rick Asherson, Blues Roots Productions, firstname.lastname@example.org (205) 242-1680
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