2017 BET Awards

Soul Be It!

Some artists are studio creatures. Their recording studio work is great, while their live performances leave something to be desired.

Some artists are studio creatures. Their recording studio work is great, while their live performances leave something to be desired. Blues guitarist/vocalist Deborah Coleman, on the other hand, has always been queen of the live set, eager to get onstage and light it up. It's appropriate, therefore, that Blind Pig has released a Coleman live album. Soul Be It! captures Coleman in overdrive, and that's a fine vibe. Critics have hurled all sorts of superlatives at her guitar prowess. The accolades are well-deserved, and, as we hear on these tracks, she's at her most intense and fluent when she's working for a crowd. For a tasty sample, listen to the articulation and melodic sensibility of her picking on top of the rolling bass line of "Goodbye Misery." Coleman puts a major notch in her axe with Soul Be It!—PVV