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