From Chicago Blues Blast Magazine:

Sometimes an artist comes along to jar the most jaded of music lovers. Such is the case with Gina DeLuca. Times like these make my gig easy....My pen has a direct connection shooting up my arm to the bluesheart center of my brain and my words spew forth. No great revelations or innovations here. All the various elements are just were they should be in just the right amount. Her stunning natural blue-eyed smoky soul voice is out front. She isn't a blues shouter thank God. No oversinging here, she emotes or holds back when needed. The production by Dave Nachodsky and Gina herself is spare allowing her vocals to shine. No heavy-handed horn section, gloppy backing vocals or strings to muck up the works. Each guitar solo makes sense in the context of the song. On "Dreaming(A Stalker's Love Song)" only a rollicking barrelhouse piano backs her, giving the listener the experience of hearing a saloon style torch song. The same approach is used on "Blues Gone Grey" to good effect.

Soul blues is the feeling here. Even in the more soul leaning tunes some blues guitar creeps in. Her voice has a mellow toughness to it, at times recalling Dusty Springfield. Her rendition of Saffire The Uppity Blues Women's ode to the night after "Cold Pizza And Warm Beer" is given a harder take than the original thus removing the novelty aspect. The yearning in her voice on her original "When You Were Mine" will melt you in your tracks. Ten of the thirteen tracks here are penned by Gina showing she's not just an interpreter of somebody else's vision. Her finest creations for me are on two successive belters "I'm Ok" and "The New Me". Kajun Kelly's crunchy guitar propels the saucy "The Good Life Of A Bad Girl". "Days Of Soul" is a paen and list of the music that is the prevalent flavor throughout this disc. Upon hearing her reading of Roddy Barnes' "Go Where The Bad People Go" it makes a guy want to follow her into hell. Which wouldn't be such a bad deal because the lady happens to be quite a looker to boot.

If she stays on track and continues writing songs to suit her sultry vocals and dosen't allow some hot-shot blues label and/or producer to veer her into a course of sappy, overblown porportions we should hear much more of her in a big way..

Reviewer Greg 'Bluesdog' Szalony is from the New Jersey Delta. He is the proprietor of Bluesdog's Doghouse at http://bluesdog61.multiply.com/.

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From Revolution Online Magazine:

Baltimore’s Gina DeLuca is a singer/songwriter whose acoustic show can be enjoyed every Thursday at Leadbetters Tavern in Fells Point. Her latest album is called Blue Eyed Soul, and was released in the summer of 2009.

Blue Eyed Soul is a warm mug of hot chocolate, sipped in front of the fireplace, while curled up in a blanket with a good book. Gina has a pure, soulful voice that is extremely pleasant to listen to. She manages to drop down low into the blues, and soar high into soulful cries, all the while keeping it smooth and sultry.

Gina keeps things interesting by sprinkling in different instrumentation throughout the offering. In addition to her acoustic guitar, she flavors in piano, bass, drums, & electric guitar. Gina’s guest musicians include Eric Scott, John Thomakos, Kajun Kelly, Todd Miller and Roddy Barnes.

The lyrics are subtle and clever, as illustrated immediately by titles such as Cold Pizza and Warm Beer, The Good Life of a Bad Girl and Dreaming (A Stalker’s Love Song). The album closes with a smoky number that should end up on the True Blood show – Go Where the Bad People Go.

I would recommend this to anyone who…
enjoys a smooth, classic mix of blues, jazz, funk and soul.

~Johnny Vrana

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Written by Mikey Rocha for Shockwave Magazine   Wednesday, 01 September 2010 07:53   

When I was first told about this CD, I was told it was nothing but blues, but I beg to differ.  It combines blues, soul, jazz, and even a little rock in it.  The artist known as Gina DeLuca, has a vast array of talent that can make this metal comes first guy bow down and sing praise.  On her album, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ she sings about life, music, and relationships.  There’s an array of wonderful instruments played on this album, but I think DeLuca’s strongest attribute is her voice.  She ranges from Billie Holliday, Norah Jones, and Amy Winehouse. DeLuca definitely states where she comes from, from a musical standpoint.  On one particular song “Days Of Soul” she discusses what happened to the good music.  She also pays tribute to some of her musical heroes including James Brown, Billie Holliday, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin.  One particular track I truly enjoyed and respect her for is “Good Life Of A Bad Girl.”  She talks about how she was brought up to be a good girl, but decided to live her life her way, and be unapologetic about it.  One part she sings she loves to hang out with the boys, loves to play with girly toys, and have a beer, or three.  I highly recommend this CD if you’re into just having a rocking good ole time, or like hearing music that has something to say.  If you’re into all the above, then Gina DeLuca is for you!

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This review appeared in the October 1998 issue of Fatfingers Monthly.
It was in "Reynolds Whack" by Shawn Reynolds.

 

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