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Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Deborah Coleman
Mood:  bright
Topic: Bad And Bold
Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Deborah Coleman is unquestionably, as USA Today notes, "one of blues music's most exciting young talents." Though she has released four studio albums on the Blind Pig label that have firmly established her as one of the leading lights in the blues field, it has been her knockout live performances that have made her one of the hottest commodities on the contemporary scene.
Coleman has earned a well-deserved reputation for raw energy and crowd-pleasing shows. A highly charismatic stage performer, Coleman is able to stretch out in the live setting and demonstrate her considerable guitar skills. USA Today called her a "fiery guitarist who makes the spine tingle with her unbridled raw energy."
Among people seeing Coleman perform live for the first time, a common reaction is: "Wow, I like her records, and I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good." Coleman's first live recording, Soul Be It!, finally captures what Living Blues called her "fire on the fretboard flamboyance."
Given that outstanding live performances have been the hallmark of Deborah's artistry, it's fitting that she return to the live setting for her new release. Even the beginning of her professional music career was marked by a great live show - in 1993 she won a National Amateur Talent Search. The director recalls, "Coleman ruled, delivering a bone-rattling set to a capacity audience that almost shut down the contest with their demand that she perform repeated encores." Following her 1999 performance at the W.C. Handy Awards, Billboard called her "an artist to be reckoned with," noting that her incendiary playing "very effectively stole the scene." Later that year she turned in a stunning set at the San Francisco Blues Festival that had the crowd roaring its approval and critics searching for superlatives. In 2000 Coleman gave another highly impressive performance at the "Tribute To Muddy Waters" concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that wowed the crowd and generated a lasting buzz among the assembled critics and blues afficionados. In 2002 Coleman will be a featured performer on a special arts center tour of the U.S. entitled "Front Porch Blues" that will also include Charlie Musselwhite, Corey Harris, and Elvin Bishop.
Coleman was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in a music-loving military family that lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Bremerton, Washington, and the Chicago area. With her father playing piano, two brothers on guitar, and a sister who plays guitar and keyboards, Deborah felt natural with an instrument in her hands, picking up guitar at age eight.
At fifteen, she started to perform with a series of rock and R&B bands. She started out as a bass player, but after hearing Jimi Hendrix, switched to lead. Radio was an important early influence. "Back then, the formats of the radio stations were more diverse. I remember hearing Joe Cocker, James Brown, Ray Charles and the Beatles on the same station." As her interest in guitar grew, she began listening to rock groups such as the Yardbirds, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, and followed the roots of their music back to the blues. "Jeff Beck was one of my favorites," she recalls. "I didn't find out until later that they were doing blues tunes and I went to find the original artists." A pivotal event for Deborah was a concert she saw when she was twenty-one that featured Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker all on the same bill. "I will never forget that show. It started me on a path to my roots."
Today Coleman's accomplished guitar style reflects the influences of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert Collins and Larry Carlton. Her vocal inspirations are as often found in the singing of Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith as in the recordings of Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Memphis Minnie, and Alberta Hunter. The fact that she's an African-American female who is a lead guitarist, singer and songwriter may make her a unique artist and put her in a category all by herself, but it is Coleman's artistry and passion that have placed her on the road to success.
When she was twenty-five, Coleman got married and put her musical career aside for a while so she could concentrate on raising her daughter, developing a career as an electrician along the way. "I raised a family, held a 9 to 5 job, then I finally decided to play music full time." Coleman got the big break she was looking for in 1993 at the aforementioned National Amateur Talent Search, sponsored by the Charleston Blues Festival. Her "band" consisted of her brother and his friend, both of whom only played heavy metal. "We rehearsed for a week, and I taught them tunes. It was the beginning of my professional career," she said. She knocked the crowd and the judges out with a performance full of confidence and fire. She took first place in the competition, and hasn't looked back since. She immediately put together her own group and began her solo career as a bandleader and featured performer.See the link for a sample of The Soul Of Debroah

Monday, 26 September 2005
Pat
Mood:  happy
Topic: Bad And Bold
Pat "Miss Equal Opportunity was Born Pat Rush September 14,19?? in Meridian, Mississippi.In grade school she participated in, and won, numerous talent shows as a part of her musical beginning.
She attended Harris Jr. College, also in Meridian, where she joined a group called The Dynamics which later became The Commodores.

As a child, her Idols and babysitters were Merdian natives David Ruffin(The Temptations) and Jimmy Ruffin,brother of David and a great professional singer and song writer.Pat was also influenced by Al "Show And Tell) Wilson. They pushed or inspired her to continue to sing and work hard. They gave her encouragement to be successful with her singing career.

After Jr. college, Pat attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi where she performed with numerous local and professional groups. After college, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi where she live at this time.

She have performed with the following artists, either as a a part of their show or as the opening act, such as: B.B. King, Percy Sledge, Tyrone Davis, Bobby Rush, Al Green, Johnny Taylor, Willie Clayton,her hero and mentor.

Pat have performed primarily in the south, but also in Detroit, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, St. Louis, San Fransisco, Long Beach, Milwaukee, Miami, Helsinki Finland and Amsterdam, Holland.

Her wish is that this is only the beginning of a long streak of hit albums that You, the Public, will love and enjoy, and also that she will continue to give you only the best her music which she feel that You, the public, deserve. Please check her out at Pat Brown Miss Equal Opportunity

Posted by deltablues55404 at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006 4:20 PM CDT
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Wednesday, 8 June 2005
Barbara Moore
Mood:  flirty
Now Playing: Bad and Bold
Topic: Bad And Bold
Barbara Moore has enjoyed a love affair with music since her early childhood in Jackson,Mississippi where she started with her church choir and school band. Barbara studied music and earned a B.A from Jackson State University. The talented songwriter and keyboardist co-wrote "Cheatin' Love" for Z.Z Hill with Denise LaSalle. Barbara also wrote "Caught In A Cross-Fire" For Vernon Garrett.She played in Denise LaSalle band for many years,during which time she played on shows with Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King.Barbara's's current project "Beyond The Call" is a compilation of five songs,and the song that is getting air play is "Bar-B-Que Blues Boogie" for booking call Twinkle Star Productions 310-673-4615 or write Barbara Moore P.O. Box 561151 Los Angles,CA 90056
consolidated productions

Posted by deltablues55404 at 4:19 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006 4:32 PM CDT
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