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Dani Wilde - Heal My Blues

Heal My Blues

Dani Wilde

Ruf Records - Ruf 1137

Available from Ruf Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Well, the surname is entirely appropriate as young Dani certainly sings like a wildcat, charged up with passion, squeals, yelps, and an indomitable "what you got, being it here!" demand. She plays guitar as well, electric blues through and through, and dragooned younger bro Will Wilde in for some just as crazed harpwork. The cover photo has her dolled up in a David Bowie (Spiders-era) psychedelic outfit, and the lass wrote all but three of the cuts, so what you hear…it's all her.

Wilde's debut was auspicious, singing behind Maddie Prior, and she spent a few years thereafter working her way through music jungles across the waters, in 2006 arriving in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall in conjunction with notables like Jools Holland and Gary Moore. Yeah, nothin' ta be sneezed at! The BBC took a strong interest and featured her music as well as a series of interviews. Heal my Blues is the young femme's debut solo, and it's overdue, bursting with energy and vigor. Even the restrained numbers like I Love You More than I Hate Myself, which harkens back to Candy Givens and the old Zephyr band (Tommy Bolin's genesis point), strains with volcanic pressures beneath the recital, release finding its way in her guitar solo in the middle of a churning ensemble cranked up for the middle eight.

More than once, I was also reminded of my all-time favorite belter, Janita Haan (early Babe Ruth), as well as Darby Mills, the Headpins' incredibly powerful singer, women who both followed in the Janis mode, as does Wilde. By dint of that wailing voice alone, her place is assured as a mainstay, but the girl knows her way around that guitar as well, and her brother is as much an asset as her own drive and talent. Oh…and anyone doubting she mightn't be all that on the axe should listen to In the Mood, where she yanks out the acoustic six-string, an instrument you just can't fake the blues on. When all's said and done, then, we hafta devoutly wish the CD's titular plaintive desire never sees its fulfillment, as I just don't envision Dani Wilde as a Karen Carpenter should those aches and pains ever go away.

Track List:

  • Bring Your Loving Home
  • Heal my Blues
  • Come Undone
  • I Love You More than I Hate Myself
  • I Want Your Loving
  • Testify
  • In the Mood
  • I'm Going Down
  • Slow Coach
  • Little by Little
  • People Like You
All songs written by Dani Wilde except I'm Going Down (Norman Whitfield),
Little by Little (Junior Wells), and In the Mood (John Lee Hooker).

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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