Destiny Meets Devil
At The Crossroads
Hilltown Wilderness Adventures
Destiny Meets Devil at the Crossroads
Marla BB & Band "Live" at Chicago Blues in NYC
Guest Produced by Muzz Skillings
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|You Can't Always Get What You Want||1:37|
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Enhanced CD Video Preview
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The Album Sessions
New York "Sessions"
Recorded & Mixed by Rich Gibbons at H.N.R.Studios, Queens, NY.
Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads Session:
- Lead Vocals - Marla BB
- All Guitars - Muzz Skillings
- Except Slide & Lap Steel Guitars - Bill Sims Jr.
- Bass Guitar - Muzz Skillings
- Harmonica - Corrin Huddleston
- Back-Up Vocals - Queen Esther
I Want Session:
- Lead Vocals - Marla BB
- Acoustic & Lap Steel Guitars - Bill Sims Jr.
- Upright Bass - Booker King
- Drums - Tony Mason
- Back-Up Vocals - Bill Sims Jr.
Amherst, MA Sessions on You Can't Always Get What You Want, Mercy Dance, & Vindication:
Springfield, MA Sessions on How Awesome:
- Lead & Ensemble Vocals - Marla BB
- Ensemble Vocals, Piano, & Percussion - Kevin Sharpe
- Percussion (Dumbek, Cymbal, & Caxixi) - Robin Burdulis
"Powerful synthesis of blues and gypsy rhythms, soulful, sensual. I heard the Devil cut on San Diego City College's KSDS-FM and immediately ordered the album. It does not disappoint. Eclectic, electric, potent. Bored hearing the Stones' Can't Always Get What You Want? You won't be with this version, sexy, impassioned, alive. Highly recommended. *****!"• Author: Mike McDaniel, CD Baby Review, 2007
"Ms. BB is a wildly expressive singer, going from a low purr to a torrid, breathy vibrato to a high-throated Billie Holiday croon to a raw scream, all in the space of a couple lines. "Destiny Meets Devil at the Crossroads" is not an album for the faint of heart; her lifeblood and gutsy performances are front and center. There is absolutely no doubt that Marla BB believes in every tiny particle of music and lyric on the CD. (The "Enhanced" portion of the disc includes 10 minutes of in-concert highlights you can watch on your computer.)" • Ken Maiuri, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA, November 2006
"Marla BB has quite a distinctive voice. She sounds like a cross between an old-time blues singer (à la Bessie Smith) and an opera singer. A somewhat odd combination for sure, BB's latest full-length release, Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads is an equally odd combination of songs. The singer spans a number of genres and styles, including traditional blues (the title track), a seven minute sung meditation mantra (Om Namah Shivayah), and even a cover of You Can't Always Get What You Want. You certainly can't knock Marla BB for being unadventurous, my favorite tracks on the album are perhaps the more traditional blues rock numbers. I also enjoyed I Want, in which BB effectively captures the paradox that is modern love with a simple catchy hook: 'The one I want is one I can't have / The one I have is one I want, too / I want to, I want to, I want to be in love with you.' That's the kind of confusion we can all relate to." • Local Buzz, Holyoke, MA, October 2006
"Marla BB is an eclectic vocalist and songwriter. Her latest album, Destiny Meets Devil At The Crossroads, starts out with a sonic recreation of what a child hears before she is born: Heartbeat. Then there are two renditions of the spiritual chant Om Namah Shivaya. Marla BB covers the Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want in a raucous fashion. Vindication is an instrumental funk tune with grooving bass lines from Kevin Sharpe and shredding guitar licks by Luther H. Johnson. I Want is a catchy pop tune that features Bill Sims, Jr. on lap steel guitar." • Jeff Forlenza, Living Blues Magazine, USA, July/August 2006
"Marla BB's latest, Destiny Meets Devil at the Crossroads (eAglebird 198), assays pop-rock (on 'I Want'), rocked-out blues (the title track), Eastern Indian vibes ('Om Namah Shivaya'), and funked-up Rolling Stones covers ('You Can't Always Get What You Want')." • Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine, October/November 2006