Black Dub is the debut album by the Daniel Lanois-instigated collaboration Black Dub. The quartet, comprised of producer Daniel Lanois on guitar and vocals, jazz drummer extraordinaire Brian Blade, session bassist Daryl Johnson, and vocalist/keyboardist Trixie Whitley (daughter of the late great Chris Whitley) make a beguiling, seductive music that blurs Rock, Soul, Blues, gothic Americana, New Orleans Funk, and dubwise Reggae.
The band generated significant excitement when they released stark, black-and-white videos of their rehearsals and leaked concert footage from a show at Bowery Ballroom in New York. All songs on Black Dub are written by Lanois, save for two, the group effort "Last Time" and the song "Ring The Alarm" written by Tenor Saw. The ballads "I Believe in You," "Surely," "Silverado," and "Nomad" are stellar showcases for Whitley's deeply soulful contralto. She rises above the band and soars, delivering these lyrics as if they are her own; she goes straight to the heart of the listener with that voice, regardless of genre.