This debut album has been a long time coming for Becca Langsford. Since being taken under the wing of local bluesman Vince Lee her voice has graced the records and live performances of The Big Combo, Thomas Ford and the Dirty Harmonies and the Wildcards to name a few before finally being let loose under her own name on this collection of classic blues tracks.
The precedent is set from the opening bars of the rhythmic first track ‘(I was) Born to Cry’ when Becca’s voice jumps straight in with the line, “I’d like to tell you something all about the good and the bad…” and the album continues in fine form from thereon in.
Her backing band contains seasoned musicians many of whom are prominent performers in their own right and the delicate arrangements give them a chance to shine whilst keeping Becca’s vocals at the forefront of every song.
Each track is delicately arranged and the instrumentation carefully chosen from the simplistic guitar accompaniment of final track ‘My Man’s an Undertaker’ to the big band sound of ‘Hot & Cold Running Tears’.
‘Some of These Days I’ll Be Gone’ is an endearing little ditty featuring a sweet sounding Ukulele and carefree vocals. The song, a little over 80 years old, couldn’t sound fresher and, like many of the tracks on the album, is a tribute to the enduring nature of these songs and the love and attention that’s been spent breathing new life into them.
This debut album is an eclectic collection of blues and soul tunes which are brought to life by Becca’s voice and, as she continues to gig this material to ever increasing audiences, heralds a great start to her career.
You can find out more about Becca and find out how to purchase your copy of her debut album at www.beccalangsford.com.