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- Thorn of a Different Rose
- Has It Really Come To This
- If You Just Had A Mirror
- Hollow Victory
- That Vintage ’67 Cadillac
- Let’s Put The Dirty Back In Dancing
- Lonesome Whistle
- Sad Corners of Her Eyes
- I’m Waiting For A Miracle
- White Freightliner
- Dangerous Endeavor
- Bianca De Leon; vocals, guitar
- John Inmon on guitar, bass, slide guitar, keyboards
- David Webb; piano on Sad Corners of Her Eyes
- Fulvio Renzi; violin; Rose of a Different Thorn
- Javier Chaparro; violin; I’m Waiting for a Miracle
- Richard Bowden; violin; Go out and Put the Dirty Back in Dancin’
But let me tell you, the woman left the north of the Netherlands on a train at 8.30 on Thursday morning. The train was stopped and held up near Göttingen for two hours because of a police operation nearby. She was late to Würzburg and aboard a train to Schweinfurt that had to wait a half hour because train traffic was halted in order to detonate some old bombs that had been found – the way I understand it – near some train tracks. She changed trains to be able to get off directly at Stattbahnhof around 8.45 pm. Straight off the train after more than twelve hours onto the beer garden stage, no stage clothes, no soundcheck, no food, no nothing.
And I swear to you, she brung it. Big time.
Sometimes I get cocky and think I got some songs but she delivered one perfect line after another. “Let’s put the dirty back in dancing”, “I sang Patsy Cline the night Noriega fell” (isn’t that mindblowing?) and her opus magnum “The Long Slow Decline Of Carmelita”.
Bianca is at Café Tasso in Berlin tonight and has a house concert there on Sunday. Do check her out, it’s so worth it!”
Bob Hardy, A Deeper Blue, The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt
Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freightliner Blues” in a minor key makes perfect sense when performed by Bianca DeLeon, once Townes’ close confidant, now carrying on his tradition of mixing the darkness and the light in her songs of love and loss, innocence and experience, with the emphasis now firmly on experience.
A world-weary cover of Hank Williams’ “I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow” marks the other boundary of Bianca’s territory, conveying strength and resolution along with the resignation of hard-fought experience.
In between, her latest songs continue to weave the threads of the stories her followers have come to love. This is solid songwriting and a voice that gets better with age–and experience.