Long Tall Deb
It’s not just her honey and molasses-soaked voice, who About.com described as “the best mix of Koko Taylor’s heart and Etta James’ soul” or her keen, nuanced songwriting that blend experience with a hint of mysticism (Long Tall Deb’s Texas/Mexico border roots are never far away from her songwriting). What Long Tall Deb brings to the studio and the stage is nothing short of one-of-a-kind. She goes beyond the “my-man-done-me-wrong” songs to paint a stunning picture that is deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is, as evidenced on her well-received VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands”. Now with the release of her upcoming single, “Streets of Mumbai”, a song inspired by her recent touring in India and Nepal, she continues to push the envelope stylistically and musically and is ready to explode onto a larger scene. This past year’s highlights include a coveted slot at North America’s second largest music festival: the Ottawa Blues Festival, a tour of Italy, headlining dates at Buddy Guy’s Legends, opening slots for B.B. King and Robert Cray, numerous other festivals and a tour of India and Nepal culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival.
An accomplished, versatile musician, Colin John commands the stage with both his guitar prowess and passionate singing. Coming from The Big Island of Hawaii, this Transpacific Bluesman is internationally regarded and recognized as a unique musician, possessing equal skill on acoustic, resonator and electric guitars. As a slide player, Colin’s facility as both lap and bottleneck styles- as well as a formidable fingerpicker- is impressive. His command and synthesis of genres including blues,soul and Hawaiian was described by the British music magazine Mojo as “Ferociously entertaining funked-up R&B” by Blues Revue as,”Mississippi Meets Maui”.
“This is what Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like if he abandoned the rat race, moved to Hawaii, taken up surfing and let the sun and waves bestow their laid-back highs.” Guitar Player Magazine
Colin has played extensively in England, the USA, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Holland, Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Spain. To date, Colin has recorded six solo albums, featuring diverse musicians from Al Green’s band and Eric Clapton’s group. He has guested on albums by Michael Hill, Hubert Sumlin and played alongside many notable American & British blues and roots artists including B.B.King, Pinetop Perkins, Hank Ballard, James Cotton, Phil Guy and Big Jack Johnson, In addition to live performances, Colin works with the Maui-based Arts Education for Children Group helping children to realize their musical ambitions through learning about the blues and performing. Colin endorses and is a featured artist at www.nationalguitars.com
Melvin grew up in Akron, Ohio, surrounded by talented young musicians. His first significant band experience was a talent show in junior high school. Decked out in a cape made by his mother, he sang “I Feel Good”, by James Brown. Melvin brought the house down that day, and after realizing the girls were screaming for him, he hasn’t looked back since. “My first instrument was slide trombone but I got turned out on bass by going to a live concert in Canton, Ohio to see Grand Funk Railroad.” Melvin later spent some time in the San Francisco Bay Area, soaking up the sounds of Latin and jazz music, as well as getting influenced by top touring acts such as Santana, Tower of Power, War, Steely Dan, Roy Ayers, and The Ohio Players to name a few.
Jan Roll… in his own words
“I began drumming at the age of six and set about absorbing all the various music at home which was quite diverse. I liked it all. My mother is an organist and pianist. My older brother and sister also play piano and they turned me on to their music at an early age. My father was into a broad range of music as well: jazz, rock, standards, metal, blues, pop and swing styles, to name a few. This diversity came to serve me well later in life. “After private instruction, school programs, and countless hours at home, I began doing paying gigs at age sixteen. I have been gigging steadily for the last nearly thirty-two years touring the USA, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. From almost any type of gig and style imaginable, I have also done recording sessions, record deals and rip-offs, meeting and collaborating with a wide variety of characters along the journey. The gig with Deb is a great fit because it is such a melting pot of styles, just like me. I am proud to be a part of her story. I proudly endorse Soultone Cymbals and Attack Drumheads.