Hollie grabs the listener into her compelling bluesy heart and soul from the first saxophone notes of Tommy Labella on the soulful and emotional, sparsely arranged “Someone To Love”. Hollie taps into a touch of exotica on the sweet and wistful, easy swinging romance of “Meditation”, then allows the wind to whisper love to her on the sensual, gently percussive “Soft Winds”. The singer brings a wistful, bossa-lite vibe to Suzanne Vega’s “Caramel”, a clever song of longing and obsession featuring a snappy bass solo by Steve Varner. The heart of A Little Bit Blue is Joe Sample’s reflective “Soul Shadows”, which Hollie delivers smoothly and soulfully with tantalizing rising horn section and trumpet harmonies. Hollie has always been transfixed by the performance of “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby” by Anita O’Day at the Newport Jazz Festival, and offers a sly interpretation with simple acoustic bass accompaniment. She calls the torchy, dreamlike “If You Could See Me Now” the album’s “slow dance song,” while her balmy take on “Rio De Janeiro Blue” (popularized by Joe Sample and Randy Crawford) makes for a whimsical romantic travelogue with a tinge of sadness. Hollie wraps the set with the swinging romantic invitation to “Close Your Eyes” and the liberating, high spirits of “Throw It Away,” a song about letting the sun shine through—even after a delightful set of blues.