Band Bios

It’s not just  her honey and molasses-soaked voice,  who’s Reverend Keith A. Gordon 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 songs). 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 tell stories that are deep, full-bodied and a reflection of who she is. The fact that she assembled a virtual who’s who of BMA and Grammy-worthy talent to showcase her songs on her VizzTone debut “Raise Your Hands” is just the icing on the cake. The result is generating serious buzz, worthy of an artist on the rise.

2013 tour highlights included opening for B.B. King at the Midland Theater in Newark, Ohio, a headlining date at Buddy Guy’s Legends, a guest appearance with the Colin John Band at a party for the Allman Brothers at Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago, and a tour of India and Nepal with Colin John culminating in a performance at the Himalayan Blues Festival in November.

Long Tall Deb and the Werewolves of Alabama are  now booking festivals and clubs for 2014.

Colin John

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.

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John Popovich

John Popovich is a gifted musician who has playing music for over 40 years, starting professionally at the tender age of 12. At 18, he continued his studies with the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Tony Leonardi. He plays many styles of jazz and blues and is best known for his soulful ability to reach the hearts of all listeners. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans.

The John Popovich Quartet was formed in 2006 and has established a reputation as one of the finest ensembles around. Along with his own jazz quartet, John has played with The Sean Carney Band, Teeny Tucker and Drivin’ Wheel and Johnny Mack & The Heavyweights. He has toured the country from The Monterey Blues Festival in California, to Buddy Guys in Chicago, as well as stints in New York, Memphis and Austin.

John has also been a Video/Film Producer since 1984 at various production companies throughout Ohio combining his love of the moving image with custom audio sound tracks.

Melvin Powe

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

Soultone L_A_“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.

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