Soft Place to Fall

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Deborah Coleman should be toasted from coast to coast: Her guitar playing outblasts that of Susan Tedeschi, while her singing more than matches that of any straight-from-the-heart (and gut) vocalist out there. From the opening catchy funk of "Look What You Do to Me," Coleman rocks, loud and unapologically. On "Confused," her vocals are closer to a punk queen than those of Bessie Smith or Etta James, and her guitar is as fired up as a young Eric Clapton. On such R&B classics as Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" Coleman's vocals take a softer path but her guitar playing is straight out of the boisterous Albert Collins ...
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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Singer/guitarist/songwriter Deborah Coleman should be toasted from coast to coast: Her guitar playing outblasts that of Susan Tedeschi, while her singing more than matches that of any straight-from-the-heart (and gut) vocalist out there. From the opening catchy funk of "Look What You Do to Me," Coleman rocks, loud and unapologically. On "Confused," her vocals are closer to a punk queen than those of Bessie Smith or Etta James, and her guitar is as fired up as a young Eric Clapton. On such R&B classics as Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" Coleman's vocals take a softer path but her guitar playing is straight out of the boisterous Albert Collins school of the blues. Of the three originals, the title cut is the most compelling and accessible. One of the set's few ballads, "Soft Place to Fall," has a Dire Straits feel in its luscious layering of guitars. Coleman's most confident and polished recording, SOFT PLACE TO FALL thoroughly deserves to break through to the current blues mainstream.
All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
For her third recording, Coleman continues to show the promise that her previous CDs gave a glimpse of. While still not as much of a blues devotee as she could be, she gives all indications of being a solid performer, a steadily improving vocalist, and a decent guitarist. She wrote three of the 11 cuts here, and they're the best of the lot. "What Goes Around" is a good 12-bar tune about cheatin' and messin' around; "Another Hoping Fool" is a slinky blues number about waiting by the telephone for that reassuring late-night call; and the title track sounds much like a Dire Straits tune, especially in the spare guitar playing of Coleman and Jack Holder. Coleman interprets Little Johnny Taylor's "If You Love Me Like You Say" in a cool funk mode, jumps into the direct blues of the adapted classic "I'm a Woman," and rocks the Jerry Williams number "Nothin' to Do With Love," which has all the potential to be a legitimate hit. On the boogie beat of "Don't Lie to Me" and the hard swing of the getting-back-to-love statement "So Damn Easy," Coleman changes up a bit to a more authentic blues style. She rocks on the simple "Look What You Do to Me," rocks even harder for "Confused," and goes into a more Southern-rock area on "The Day It Comes." She also uses pop/R&B-ish background vocals on "Look What You Do," "The Day," and "So Damn Easy." Deborah Coleman is still on the trail of eclipsing Sue Foley, Debbie Davies, and Susan Tedeschi to take her place as the high priestess of contemporary blues. While not there yet, she has all the tools and musical ability to reach that lofty perch.
Southwest Blues
A superb mix of blues, rock, and contemporary R&B.

A superb mix of blues, rock, and contemporary R&B.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148506121
  • Catalog Number: 5061
  • Sales rank: 145,160

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Deborah Coleman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Marty Binder Snare Drums
William Brown Background Vocals
Jack Holder Guitar
Jackie Johnson Background Vocals
Ernest Williamson Organ, Keyboards
Dave Smith Bass
Billy Gibson Harmonica
Billy Crawford Guitar
Steve Potts Snare Drums
Technical Credits
Marty Binder Cut
William Brown Cut
Edward Chmelewski Executive Producer
Jim Gaines Producer
Jack Holder Cut
Jackie Johnson Cut
Danny Schogger Composer
Ernest Williamson Cut
Billy Gibson Cut
Jason Latshaw Engineer
Skidd Mills Engineer
Billy Crawford Cut
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Peter Matthews Engineer
Steve Potts Cut
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