Summer 2016

I’m thrilled to share with ya’ll that after four months out west taking care of my mom, she has bounced back enough for me to return to the North East.  Honestly, this turn of events was not what anyone expected as it was really touch and go out there for a while.  This is a true testimate to my mom’s incredible inner strength and spirit.

Though I did play a few gigs in CA, this was not my major focus out there at all.  Since I’ve been back, I’ve been playing the heck out of my guitar and can’t wait to get back with the band and do some shows!   “The Debbie Davies Band is now accepting gigs for the summer and beyond!”  In fact, my first show will be May 29th at the Cypress Grill in Middletown, CT.  This show is with Liviu Pop who presents me every year in his blues series.  A native of Romania, Liviu brought me to his homeland  a few years back for a little tour that included the Sighisoara Blues Festival.  One of so many great places on the globe I am  grateful to have traveled as a blues artist.

Rounding out the show on the 29th will be Scott Spray on bass and Roy Rodriques on Organ.

Most of you know of the battle that Candye Kane has been fighting for over 8 years after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.  It’s been said a lot but this does not diminish the truth about just how strong Candye was throughout her battle, and how great her spirit for life and living was.  Despite the on going struggle with operations, chemo. and trying to navigate her way throughout the health care system in this country, she never stopped touring, never stopped singing, and never stopped writing songs.  She may truly have been the toughest girl alive.  Her loss leaves a huge hole in the blues and roots music community.

Candye and I first met out on the road in the early ’90’s as we were both staying in the same seedy motel.  We were checking out, and she was checking in.  I can’t remember exactly where we were, but I know it was somewhere in the Midwest.  If Candye were here, she’d remember.  She was a sharp cookie!  We ended up chatting for quite a while in the motel lobby, laughing at how tacky the motel was.  I mean the walkways on both the ground and second floor were covered with some kind of nasty, green,  in-door out-door carpet that tried to pull your shoes off with every step you took!  Hey, it was the blues, baby!  We continued to share road stories.  Of course we had both been aware of each other, but up till now our paths had not crossed.  My image of Candye was that of a hard, bawdy broad, but the girl I was hanging with was sweet, girlish and charming!

There is a special bond between women that spend so many years out on the hard road.  We are still in the minority out there, but back in the day, our numbers were pretty sparse.  I’m very grateful to have known Candye, to call her a friend,  to have been inspired by her, and to have shared the stage with her.  My deepest condolences go out to two sons, Evan and Tommy, and to her musical partner, Laura Chavez.

Here’s a shout out to all of the young artists out there toughing it out and road and carrying the torch…keeping live music alive!

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Winter News

As the year comes to a close and we have completed our touring for 2015, I am still holding images of Florida in my head! That’s a good thing, as I have returned to the winter of the Northeast. For this last southern swing we were joined by my buddy Jay Stollman, one bad ass singer and super fun cat! We worked our way along with Don Castagno on drums and Scott Spray on bass, through Tennessee, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and then had the pleasure of performing 5 shows in Florida. I was more than ready to enjoy all of Florida’s perks such as warm air, sunshine, tropical breezes, plants and wildlife,and some pool time, and I thoroughly soaked it all up. We did have a fair amount of rain for our two outdoor shows at Earl’s Hideway in Sebastian and Guanabanas in Jupiter, but in true Florida style we played through it all and the folks were there to hang!
Happily, we established that audiences really dig the combination of both Jay and I out front with the band backing us on our own tunes and some really cool duets. This is really exciting because besides pursuing our solo careers, Jay and I are poised to present this package for 2016 tours!
A special honor for us was performing on the air for Blues Radio International hosted by Jesse Finkelstein. Jesse recorded our little unplugged performance for both audio and video. I’ve already got one of the tunes posted at my face book pages. Did I mention that Jay and I have a face book page together too?
It seems like one has to have a lot of irons in the fire these days to keep working. As the number of venues presenting blues around the country continues to shrink, and the style of blues that the younger audiences are into is closer to rock music, it is wise to be eclectic these days. I think this makes my collaboration with Jay kind of perfect timing as he is a high energy, soul/rocker! Myself, I grew up on so much great blues based music, rock ’n roll, soul and R’nB, that I am always happy to cover a lot of musical ground.
I have high hopes for 2016 and I hope you will all come out when the shows are near you! Right now I will wind down for the winter and go into woodshed mode. I do feel a writing jag coming on and I think I will pick away at writing my book again…lord knows I have no shortage of road stories and follies!
As my mom continues to age, I am very anxious to be with her through the holiday season and assess her health. I know there is so much I will be able to do for her, so I will head out to CA again this winter. This is a win-win for me and my mom as I get to avoid the cold back here in the northeast! Expect to find me playing some shows out there too. We’ll keep ya posted at the website and the facebook fan page.
If you are into having a very bluesy Christmas, check out this tune I recorded for a Christmas CD released on Cleopatra Records: It’s called BLUES CHRISTMAS, (who woulda thunk!) and my track is “Boogie Woogie Santa.” Enjoy. PEACE, Deb

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