Deb Callahan - Sweet Soul


Dit is alweer de vijfde cd van de zangeres van uit Philadelphia.

Op ' Sweet Soul ' speelt  haar krachtige, soul getinte bluesy stem de hoofdrol. De sfeer op het album maakt de luisteraar vrolijk en blij.

De dertien nummers zijn divers, we horen blues, roots,  soul en zelf funk. Het album is in februari van dit jaar opgenomen in Los Angeles.

Deb Callahan heeft zich laten begeleiden door een geweldige groep muzikanten uit Los Angeles, een groep muzikanten die reeds met 

grootheden als Etta James,  Taj Mahal en Bonnie Raitt hebben gespeeld. De combinatie van al deze ingrediënten maakt Sweet Soul een meer dan uitstekend album. Mijn favoriete nummers op het album zijn ' Sweet Feeling ' , ' Way Don't Know Your Mind ' en het werkelijk prachtige bluesnummer ' Slow As Molasses , Sweet As Honey '. Wat mij betreft is ' Sweet Soul ' een echte aanrader. 


When did you first start singing?

I don't remember a time where i wasn't singing.  i always loved to sing and early on got involved in chorus, musicals, choirs, etc.  and at home just putting on musical variety shows with my siblings and friends. As I got into college I joined a 4 part harmony acapella female singing group, a swing band and then my first rock/blues band which hooked me.

What did your family do to encourage you?

My parents were always very supportive about pursing my musical and artistic pursuits.  They encouraged me, gave good feedback and drove to lots of guitar, piano and drawing/painting lessons!   

Who are your musical inspirations? 

Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Etta James, Mavis Staples,BB King, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Irma Thomas, Robert Cray, Candi Staton, Sam Cooke to name a few.. 

What kind of music do you listen to today?

lots of blues, jazz, soul, roots music but I keep my pulse on pop culture and find a lot of great acts.  I'm diggin Lake Street Dive, Alabama Shakes, Janelle Monae, Lianne La Havas, Gary Clarke Jr., Courtney Barnett, The Black Keyes these days  

Who would you most like to open for?

It would be cool to open for Aretha Franklin,Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples or Robert Cray

What was the best show you ever played or felt the best vibe and what was the most embracing moment on stage?

It's really hard to say because there's not just one but I've played at some great festivals and clubs where I really felt the crowd was with us and appreciative and that's an amazing feeling!

If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?

I actually am a part time counselor and work with at-risk youth in Philadelphia so I'd be doing more of that as well as more painting and mosaic making. 

What genre of music you can't you stand to listen to?

There's no one genre I can't stand but I don't tend to like music where there's a lot of constant screaming and endless distortion of instruments or vocals  

What hidden talents do you have?

I am an adventurous cook and wish I had more time for it and putting things together like furniture and children's toys when you order them online and find they come in pieces and have to be put together 

Best track you've ever written and why?

I like I am Family, I keep things running and Seven States Away on my latest album Sweet Soul (sorry i can never pick just one) and Food on The Table from my Grace & Grit album. I like the lyrics and the vibe of each song.   

Which question i did forget to ask?

Would I like to tour in the Netherlands?  Yes definately..sign me up with an agent!