Debbi Walton is back. With a vengeance. After a couple decades of honing and performing her brand of bluesy soul in more clubs, festivals, dives and halls than she'd care to remember, sharing the stage with such acts as Delbert McClinton, Stephen Bruton, The Los Lonely Boys, Eric Johnson and Willie Nelson, she decided to take a hiatus to re-coup and regroup. One year led to another, and still she didn't feel ready. But she found out that inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places. Like Italy. Fabrizio Poggi, from northern Italy, is a master blues harmonica player/entertainer and producer who has recorded or performed with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bob Mangolin, Charlie Musselwhite, Augie Meyers, Steve Cropper, Flaco Jiminez, Garth Hudson- the list goes on. He knew he would someday capture Debbi's voice and the chance came when recording his critically acclaimed album 'Sprit And Freedom' with his band Chicken Mambo. Debbi's performance on the cut 'Spiritual' led Greg "Bluesdog" Szalony from Blues Blast Magazine to say, "Hearing Debbi Walton's voice for the first time is an Oh-My-God moment". Debbi's blood started pumping again, but the deal was sealed with a three-country European tour in 2010. In 2011 she returned to Italy, this time to start working on tracks for her forthcoming album for Ultrasound Records- produced and recorded by Fabrizio Poggi and his band. Over the next few months more tracks were recorded, including guitar tracks by long-time Muddy Waters' guitarist Bob Mangolin in Chicago, and vocals and guitar work by the phenomenal Carolyn Wonderland back in Austin and more. The album, "Sweet State Of Mind" has been released in Europe and she spent the summer of 2012 on a promotional tour of festivals in Italy. The album will be released in the U.S. this spring, and two more tours of Europe are in the works.The band is tight and grooving and Debbi has never sounded stronger.