Philadelphia's blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter, Deb Callahan has been a fixture on the mid-Atlantic music scene for the past several years. During that time she and her band have gained a reputation for an exciting live show featuring a mixture of blues, soul, rock, folk and jazz originals and classics. Her debut CD 'If the Blues Had Wings' was recently featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue Magazine. Blues Revue refers to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raves 'Philly's Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level' Callahan's top-notch band consists of Philly greats Allen James on the guitar, Gary Lee on bass and Doug Master on drums.
Deb is celebrating the release of her newest CD The Blue Pearl this November 2005. She's teamed up with producer and song-writer Chris Arms, to craft a contemporary sounding CD with all the elements of timeless blues, soul and rock music. From the New Orleans blues/funk of the title track 'Blue Pearl Moon' to the marriage of traditional and modern in the 'Credit Card Blues', she encorporates thoughtful and often funny lyrics to tell a modern day blues tale. Doing social work in the heart of Philadelphia would be a good place to learn about life's hard knocks and this urban school ground taught singer/songwriter Deb Callahan well. Her rich, honest and soulful tunes resonate with listeners and run the gamut from soulful ballads to upbeat, dance oriented romps.
The band has been touring quite a bit this summer playing as far away as The Monterey Bay Blues Festival, in Monterey Bay, CA and The Springing the Blues Fest in Jacksonville Beach, Florida as well playing festivals and clubs in the East Coast Circuit.
Press quotes for “If The Blues Had Wings”
“Deb Callahan is a great writer and an even better new voice for the blues. It’s as if she’s an old soul, but with a sense of what’s new. She’s a must hear.” Blues Source
'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.' Blues Revue Magazine
She sings with all the authority of Ma Rainey or Janis Joplin, but it’s her song-writing that sets her apart” Sing Out! Magazine
“Very impressive debut CD - She’s fiery and bodacious” Baltimore Blues Rag
A singer with sandpaper-laced, soulful pipes, displaying huge promise. Her 2002 debut, If the Blues had Wings, is a striking endeavor. An excerpt from Memphis Minnie’s “Moanin’ the Blues”—one of a few well-placed, ancient blues snippets—gives the album its title and opens it up, leading into “Mama’s Curse, Mama’s Blessing,” an eerie blues that lets loose spirits directly from the mud of the delta. “More Love” is dramatic, the piano and washes of organ giving it a churchy feel. “Burning Bridges,” meanwhile, is a catchy roots-rocking tune. Hittin The Note Magazine, Rensselaer, NY.
'Deb Callahan sings with passion and verve...if this impressive debut is any indication, The Deb Callahan Band may rise from regional to national blues scene success in the very near future' Illinois Entertainer