Deb Ryder – Might Just Get Lucky
Deb Ryder has certainly studied the masters growing up in the Chicago area and being mentored by Etta James and Big Joe Turner, so it’s no surprise her debut album ‘Might Just Get Lucky,’ is such a strong collection, the real question is why it took so long. Along with her husband and bass player Ric Ryder she has been leading the Southern California band The Bluesryders for over twenty years. The ten song set of all original material showcases Ryder’s huge vocals and skilled songwriting as well as this seasoned band. With lyrics that sting with rapier wit from a woman who has been done wrong perspective Ryder draws instant comparisons to Etta, Ruth Brown and Shemekia Copeland, with her fiery delivery. The tunes cover the full spectrum of blues, swing, funk, soul and gospel demonstrating her full talent as a songwriter.
Just to add even more spice to the mix Ryder invited legendary guitarist Albert Lee to sit in on two tracks, adding his signature speed of light finger picking to the jumpin’ “Blue Collar Blues,” and the 2nd line Zydeco “Ce Soir Ce Soir.” The title track finds Ryder soaring on the slinky jazz ballad anchored by the fine piano work of Greg Hilfman. Other standout tracks are the straight up shuffle “Get A Grip,” with its horn infused tenacity and the snaky rocker “Love Stealin’ Liar.”
The album hits its emotional climax on the final track “These Hands,” fueled by the mighty Dobro playing from James McVay, foot stomping, handclaps and Ryder blossoming into a full gospel choir.
Rick J Bowen