1. Black Dub is a supergroup of sorts, only less flashy: It’s comprised of bass player Daryl Johnson (Emmylou Harris, Chris Whitley) and drummer Brian Blade (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock), both out of Louisiana, plus rock producer extraordinaire Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Neil Young… and, um, everyone else?) and fronted by Trixie Whitley, daughter of the late Chris, who Lanois also counts among his production credits…
2. …and among his former roommates. Chris Whitley was living at Lanois’ house when they were working on the album Living With the Law, and Trixie—then 3, now 22—was with him.
3. The name Black Dub is semi-descriptive: The group’s music is rock steeped in the dub genre, hard-driving and scratchy, with heavy basslines and non-wussy harmonies. It’s easy to see where Lanois’ head is at: He currently lives in Jamaica, and is soaking up the sounds.
4. Trixie Whitley sounds a little like Nancy Wilson of Heart run through a Susan Tedeschi filter, only smokier. In other words, she’s got big, bad, bluesy vocal power.
5. NPR’s First Listen is streaming Black Dub's self-titled debut album in its entirety. We recommend the tracks I Believe in You, I’d Rather Go Blind and Nomad, which you can also check out in this clip below.
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