Philadelphia’s blues-soul artist Deb Callahan released her 4th CD in early October 2010 entitled “Tell it like it is” and is another successful collaboration between Philadelphia producer Chris Arms and Deb. The CD features 9 new original songs and a cover of “Funkier Than a Mosquita’s Tweeter” originally performed by Tina Turner and written by her sister Aillene Bullock as well as “Cold Irons Bound” a Bob Dylan tune. The road tested band including Allen James, Garry Lee and Tom Walling with special guests Jason Crosby and Matt Cappy bring a live feel to the tracks. The songs are blues based with gospel, soul, rock and jazz influences and deal with a range of topics and issues such as feeling love and joy, finding spirituality, giving voice to the experience of homeless children without family support and how hard it can be to make life changes.
Her most recent previous CD, “Grace & Grit” is currently being played on stations around the country (including regular rotation on XM/Sirius Radio’s bluesville station) WXPN’s blues show and debuted on the Living Blues Radio Charts for November 2008 at #16. Blues Revue Magazine says of most recent CD Grace & Grit “Deb Callahan possesses an instinctive feel for the blues. As a songwriter, Callahan’s gift lies in bringing fresh perspectives to classic lyrical themes. Vocally she understand her strengths a pure, resonant tone and expressive phrasing and employs them to great effect. She also stands as a first rate song interpreter.”
Jazzreview.com says “ Her powerful, soul-tinged bluesy vocals showcase both an abundance of grace along with more than just a smidgen of grit. On the grace/grit scale, she weighs in heavily alongside the finest female blues belters ever. In fact, the potent force of her vocals should secure her presence on the national blues scene for years.”
Deb Callahan grew up in the Boston area but has been a fixture on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90's. During that time she and her band have gained a reputation for an exciting live show featuring a mixture of blues, soul and rock originals and classics. Her 2002 debut CD "If the Blues Had Wings" was featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue Magazine. Blues Revue referred 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". Deb celebrated the release of her newest CD "The Blue Pearl" in November 2005. She 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". Deb incorporates 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. Deb takes command of any stage she performs on. She has been compared to musical icons such as Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Janis Joplin but it is Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin and early Tina Turner that Callahan calls her strongest influences. Callahan's top-notch band consists of Philly greats Allen James on the guitar, Garry Lee on bass and Tom Walling on drums.
The band has been touring extensively over the past half a dozen years up and down the east coast and beyond, both at festivals and clubs including the kick-off event for The St. John Blues Festival in the Virgin Islands, The Monterey Bay Blues Festival in California, the Springing the Blues Festival in Jacksonville, Florida, Florida International Blues Fest, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, The White Mountain Boogie Fest in Thornton, NH, The Bayfront Blues Fest in Duluth, MN, The Boundaries Water Blues Festival in Ely, Minnesota, The Trempealeau Blues Fest, Trempealeau, WI, Cookin at McCooks Festival in Niantic, CT, The Western Maryland Blues Festival in Hagerstown, MD, the Heritage Blues Festival in Wheeling, West Virginia, The Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Pittsburgh, PA, The Philadelphia Blues Festival at The World Cafe Live, The Berks Blues and Jazz Festival in Reading, PA, The Red Bank Blues Festival in Red Bank, NJ, The Great Eastern Blues Fest in Masanutten,VA, The Briggs Farm Festival in the Poconos, PA, The Lehigh Valley Blues Festival in Whitehall, PA, The Turks Head Festival in Westchester, PA. The Media Blues Stroll in Media., PA, The Shenandoah Valley Blues Bash, in Luray, VA, The Wilmington Riverfest in Wilmington, DE, The Chesapeake Blues Festival in Anapolis, MD, The Central Delaware Blues & Jazz Festival in Felton, DE, The Safeway BBQ & Blues Fest in Washington DC, The Belair BBQ & Blues Fest in Belair, MD, The Bucks County Blues Society R & B Picnic in Morrisville, PA, and many more.