The self-titled debut album from Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart has arrived. Haviland is a blues singer who, along with her songwriting partner Chris Anderson, have put out quite an album. It was recorded in the studio with a live band comprised of Kenny Shaw on drums, Todd Caldwell on Hammond B3, and Rich Hinman on guitar.
Looking at the track listings on album, the song titled “Black Dog” is bound to strike some curiosity. You guessed it, this bluesy Bonnie Raitt-eqsue songstress has tackled a Led Zeppelin song on her album and it is completely different from the original! While the original Zeppelin song is an upbeat sex driven rock tune, Haviland’s interpretation sounds more like a sad but hopeful love song. Whether or not the lyrics to the song, especially the first couple of verses, fit with the sound Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart decided on, it’s definitely a unique expression of the song.
There are some great original sounds on this album. “How Can I” is a beautifully written ballad about a hopeless love. “Money” is a sassy original on the album with Haviland belting in her raspy blues sound spouting the lyrics “Money’s not the answer just another way to waste my time.”
Overall, this is a solid album and a fantastic debut for Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart!
The Review: 8/10
Can’t Miss Tracks
– Black Dog
– How Can I
– I Got It Bad
The Big Hit
Review by Liz Lohnes