"I got the blues in my blood and some soul in my heart," sings Mia Borders on the title track of Magnolia Blue (Blaxican/Hypersoul, 2010). She ain't lyin'! She has some soul in her heart for sure and it comes through when she sings.
The more I listened to this album, the more Mia Borders reminded me of Megan Bobo, who was a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Her voice wraps perfectly around the soul and funk provided by the band. For the most part, she sings in an easy voice, but she knows how to call up that soul and belt it out when she needs to.
Borders is more than just a soulful vocalist. She is also a solid guitarist and a good storyteller. in "These Roads," she sings about how cities go by and stages come and go. She sort of puts you right next to her, looking out the window of the band's tour vehicle. in "She Don't Know," Borders tells the story of one participant in a love triangle. She paints a picture of almost getting caught with a slice on the side, a backdoor exit, and the entanglements of the whole situation.
"I Can" is a funky tune in which Borders finds herself thinking about a certain someone and then being confident that she can steal him away from his girlfriend. Hey, you have to give her credit for knowing what she wants. The guitar in this song is great and would fit just as well in a 1970s movie. You can say the same thing about the guitar in "U I Adore."
If you believe that Mojo Nixon was right when he said "We gotta have more soul," then this is an album you need to own. It contains 12 songs that will definitely bring more soul to your collection.