Callahan featured at Blues Bash

March 12, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

When it comes to the blues, there's the common image of the guitar-slinging "blues hero" with a heady sound - usually a guy.

Then there's Deb Callahan, an indie blues artist from Philadelphia who gets her cues from Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt.

"I've been to blues festivals where I was the only woman, and the guys out there were really amped. (My) music is not about getting up there and being amped. It's more about me and the band creating one sound," said Callahan, in a recent telephone interview.

Callahan will be the featured performer Thursday night for Cabin Fever Blues Bash at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Hagers-town.


The $10 tickets to the show are available at City Hall and at the door the night of the show.

The show is the prelude to the City of Hagerstown's annual Western Maryland Blues Fest, a June concert festival with a reputation built around providing a range of blues styles.

Callahan performed at the festival in 2005 and 2006. She will not be in the 2007 lineup.

She said she likes playing at concerts like the Western Maryland Blues Fest, because they offer a variety and they are "user-friendly" to artists.

"All the people involved are very warm and receptive, and the audience is great. I really, really enjoyed playing in Hagerstown."

Callahan's ensemble, the Deb Callahan Band, is composed of a bassist, drummer, guitarist and Callahan on vocals.

Callahan's ensemble has released two albums, most recently "The Blue Pearl" in November 2005. She described her style as a bit of funk, contemporary blues, soul and blues rock. Her music is available at iTunes.

If you go ...

WHAT: Cabin Fever Blues Bash featuring the Deb Callahan Band

WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

WHERE: Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Antietam Creek, Maryland, 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown

COST: $10. Advance tickets can be purchased in the city clerk's office on the second floor of City Hall, 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown. Tickets also will be sold at the door.

MORE: Contact Karen Giffin, 301-739-8577, ext. 116.

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