Deb Callahan Band 20th Anniversary Show!
Philly’s blues-soul artist Deb Callahan and her band celebrate 20 years of performing, touring, recording and entertaining music fans both regionally and around the United States. Deb has released 5 CD’s since 2002 (If the Blues Had Wings, The Blue Pearl, Grace & Grit, Tell It Like It is, Sweet Soul) and a limited edition World Café Live DVD. She has graced the stages at many festivals nationwide from The Monterey Bay Blues Festival in Monterey, CA, The Springing the Blues Fest in Jacksonville, FL, The Bayfront Blues Fest in Duluth, MN to WXPN’s XPonential Music Festival right here in Philly. Her latest CD Sweet Soul was recorded and produced by producer/drummer Tony Braunagel (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray) in Los Angeles, CA and released in September 2015. It been receiving some great national and international airplay on blues and triple A radio stations and good press and reviews, including making the top 50 contemporary blues albums for 2016 for the Blues Music Report. She has received the America’s Music Festival Series in Media, PA Hall of Fame Award, made the top 10 for 2015 for reviewer Mark Gallo and was a Blues 411 2015 “Jimi Award Nominee” – nominated for Best Soul – R & B Album.
For this special anniversary show, Deb will be performing with her band of Philadelphia greats Allen James on guitar, Garry Lee on bass and Tom Walling on drums as well as a few special guests who have been part of the band over the years including Walter Runge (keyboards) and Doug Masters (drums).
What the reviewers have said:
“Callahan’s voice has the spiked fervor of contemporary Susan Tedeschi, but it’s richer and smoother. Stylistically she’s picked up a lot from one of her earlier influences, Nina Simone – Simone’s squirming rhythms and hypnotic vocals reverberate in Callahan’s music.” “Deb Callahan is a shouter, a crooner, a soul-belter and above all a gifted lyrical interpreter. She could sing the phone book and make it sound good.” Living Blues Magazine
“Her powerful, soul-tinged bluesy vocals showcase both an abundance of grace along with more than just a smidgen of grit. On the grace/grit scale, she weighs in heavily alongside the finest female blues belters ever. In fact, the potent force of her vocals should secure her presence on the national blues scene for years.” Jazzreview.com
«This nearly flawless debut signals to the rest of the world what those in her home area know well: Deb Callahan is a major talent» «Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, and Aretha Franklin...Callahan is very nearly in their league.»
«Philly's Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level» Blues Revue Magazine
“Deb Callahan possesses an instinctive feel for the blues. As a songwriter, Callahan's gift lies in bringing fresh perspectives to classic lyrical themes. Vocally she understand her strengths a pure, resonant tone and expressive phrasing and employs them to great effect. She also stands as a first rate song interpreter.” Blues Revue Magazine
«Deb Callahan is an exceptional blues singer who displays a deep appreciation of American roots music. Many of Deb Callahan’s compositions tell stories and have profound meaning. On her new release, Sweet Soul on Blue Pearl Records, Callahan delivers a knock-out Blues punch securing her place among the genre’s finest vocalists and songwriters”
“Deb Callahan has a singing voice that is unique: her confident swagger, great pitch, sincere passion, and resplendent phrasing combine to make her new album Sweet Soul irresistibly captivating” Randall Parrish/Vivascene Magazine