Award-winning Seattle singer-songwriter Deb Seymour loves hard hats, hates beer & drives an electric car named “Zoe”. A master musical story teller with gravity-defying guitar riffs, Seymour’s song subjects range from miscreant alley cats to heartbreak & home repair manuals. Listeners report being touched by wit and wisdom.
Originally from San Francisco, CA, Seymour got her start singing Irish folk songs in the cafes and coffeehouses of Boulder, CO in her early twenties. She was the founder of Seventh String Celtic Trio and the swing/blues band Small Talk, and also played bluegrass guitar with the short-lived but influential “chicks who pick” bluegrass band Out Of The Blue.
After attending the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Seymour moved to Seattle 1994 and she quickly became a regular in the Northwest music scene, playing local coffeehouses and major festivals such as NW Folklife, the Yakima Folk Festival and the Tumbleweed Music Festival.
Seymour’s influences range from Bonnie Raitt & Christine Lavin to Rush, New Grass Revival and Clive Gregson. She has three CDs out of original music and is a past winner of the Top Five Award in Country Music in the Great American Song Contest. She was also a two-time finalist in the Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest and received an Honorable Mention in the Song of the Year Awards.
When not on stage, Deb works as web designer and is active in the Seattle Electric Vehicle Association. She also authors her own eco-blog "Deb Goes Green: One Woman's Attempt at CO2 Sobriety in an Oil-Addicted World"
Deb performs solo, in a trio (two gtrs & bass) or with a full quartet (2 gtrs, bass, drums) depending on venue size
Mama Wears A Hard Hat (2011)
Cupid's Wheel (1999)
Martian Tangos & Other Strange Affairs (1992)
Mama Wears A Hard Hat
Little ZENN Car
Don't Mess With My Tools
The Can Man (Light Is On)
Girders Of Steel
Hop, Skip 'N' Jump
Twelve Shades Of Blue
Up On Your Luck
Not Out Of The Woods
12/1/12: Dillon, Wright & Seymour Live @ Tacos Guaymas Showcase Concert Review
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"The inimitable Deb Seymour closed the show with 10 of her songs. Deb’s songs can be clever, funny, ..."The inimitable Deb Seymour closed the show with 10 of her songs. Deb’s songs can be clever, funny, insightful
commentary on subjects ranging from beer to escaping chickens; or they can make me cry with their heartfelt,
authentic lyrics. She performed some of both, opening the set with I Hate Beer and including Chicken in an
Engine about a chicken that survives a trip behind an old truck’s engine block. Her song Girders of Steel still
brings me to tears every time I hear it (after 5+ years) as did a newer song, Calico Shadow, a touching tribute to
her late feline companion. Then there are the optimistic, upbeat songs like Mama Wears a Hard Hat (a winner
in the country category of the 2011 Great American Song contest) and Up On Your Luck (Cupid’s Wheel). She
closed with 2 songs from her latest CD, Words and Hop, Skip and Jump. I had never heard either performed live,
and the solo acoustic set gave them a new sound from that on the CD. I have long owned all of Deb’s CDs and
play them frequently, whenever I need a life-affirming song fix."
10/16/12: "Deb Seymour Brings It" (Concert Review on Reverbnation in Comments Section)
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Deb Seymour brings it. Whether she's slinging out quips and asides in catchy, humor-laced tunes, or ...Deb Seymour brings it. Whether she's slinging out quips and asides in catchy, humor-laced tunes, or singing out stories that offer poignant glimpses into the corners of humanity, there's never a cautious moment in her show. At her recent concert in Boulder, Colorado, her vocal prowess and skill as a consummate entertainer were on full display as she and her band ripped through a two set show. Her performance was a bold statement, wrapping together humor, depth, and adroit songwriting and musicianship into a tight delivery of swingin' mayhem! Don't miss out on catching one of her gigs!
"The Home Coming of Deb Seymour" (Concert Review)
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Concert Review: 9-22-12 The Deb Seymour Band @ Unitarian Universalist, Boulder, CO “The Homecoming...Concert Review:
9-22-12 The Deb Seymour Band @ Unitarian Universalist, Boulder, CO
“The Homecoming of Deb Seymour”
Flashback…..1982!!! I can’t remember if it was I or Deb Seymour wandering around Libby Hall at the University
of Colorado at Boulder, guitar in hand, looking for a jamming buddy, that fall semester. Nevertheless, I have been
watching Deb mature as a musician for over thirty years, now. And I am probably her biggest and oldest fan. For
all of us Denver/Boulder musicians, we know what a treasure and fixture she was in the local unplugged music
Between 1982 and 1992, when Deb left Colorado for Seattle, I saw nearly every aggregation that she was in. Mind
you, each of the bands was a mesmerizing and professional unit. But none showcased the songwriter extraordinaire,
consummate performer, and true talent that she is.
That is no longer the case. Since leaving Colorado, Deb has blossomed into a shimmering voice in traditional
American music. Combining her immense flat- and fingerpicking talents with jazz, folk, blues, rag, pop, rock and
Irish styles, Deb has created a three CD body of work that encompass songs of love, hope, environmentalism, and
empowerment. In fact, many of the songs on her first two albums I watched come into being, in those early years,
long before they were recorded. Even then, they were pre-classics of the “indy” genre. I even understand that
someone else has recorded one of Deb’s songs! What better compliment can be paid than that!!
Well, the best compliment that I can give to Deb is that I was truly blessed and amazed by her 22 Sept. 2012
performance in Boulder. This was her homecoming gig; Deb has not played Boulder since 1992. For the gig, Deb
assembled a well-rehearsed, professional, “ace” pickup band of Boulder area musician-friends including Peter
Stokes on bass; Paul Niemiec on lead guitar; Marty Humphreys on lead guitar, Dobro and coronet; and Ed Contreras
on drums and hand percussion. And, like I said above, Deb has come to command the stage with charm and ease.
Her mixture of amusing stage banter, risqué jokes, and her beautiful, beaming smile helped spice up the short breaks
between songs. But the best part of the evening was her performances.
Of particular note at the performance was her song “Little Zen Car,” which is on her latest CD entitled MAMA
WEARS A HARDHAT. As many of you may know, Deb is an electric car activist and owner. She has also
testified before the Washington state legislature in support of electric cars. Because of this dedication to cause, this
was a most spirited track that evening. As a matter of fact, Deb and the Boulder “Deb-onaires,“ preformed rousing
versions of the first five songs from her newest release, and “Roger’s Jig.”
Deb had some extra help on a few of her back catalog of tunes. For instance, Hana Flinkman, daughter of Mr.
Humphreys, helped Deb by adding cat noises during the performance of “Bad Cat,” from Deb’s MARTIAN
TANGOS release. Not only was this the most cute segment of the evening, but it shows how Deb will still takes
chances on stage. And each of those chances, like this one, and the Martian antennae for said song, is always a
Throughout the evening Deb and company performed jaunty and extended versions of some of my favorites from
her past albums. But, my personal favorite, the most fun song of the evening, and a song that dates from way back,
was “I Hate Beer.” Well, it doesn’t hurt that I agree with the sentiment. But the rollicking, swinging version of this
song really set the pace for the evening. Though it was early in the set, it was the highlight for me. Thanks Deb!!!That evening, the hometown audience was most appreciative, because Deb put on a great show. After the show, Deb
took time to sign anything and everything handed to her by fans; she also found time for a little small talk. Another
sign of a true artist, making time for your fans.
And for those of you who missed her Boulder show; well, you really did miss it!!! I know it will be a long time
before Deb gets to play Boulder again, and that is a shame. She was such an asset to the local music community.
And, this show was most powerful and moving. The prayer at the end was the clincher. So, either go get her CD’s
or go to Seattle to get a taste of Ms. Seymour in action. NOW!!! Either way, it is well worth it.
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"Mama Wears A Hard Hat" one of the Top 5 Winners in the Country Category, Great American Song Contest
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Deb Seymour's song "Mama Wears A Hard Hat" placed in the Top 5 Winners Circle for "Outstanding Achie...Deb Seymour's song "Mama Wears A Hard Hat" placed in the Top 5 Winners Circle for "Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting" in the Country category of the 13th Annual Great American Song Contest
Deb Seymour Receives Honorable Mention in 2011 Song of the Year Contest
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["Mama Wears A Hard Hat"] The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Deb Seymour the Hono...["Mama Wears A Hard Hat"]
The Song of the Year songwriting contest has awarded Deb Seymour the Honorable Mention placement in the song contest. Song of the Year receives entries from all over the world and only the top songwriters receive an Honorable Mention placement in the songwriting competition.
Victory Music News Interview, January 2012
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"My third most favorite musical memory is when my song “Mama Wears A Hard Hat” won third place at th..."My third most favorite musical memory is when my song “Mama Wears A Hard Hat” won third place at the Tumbleweed Music Festival in 2004. To me, it was as good as winning first prize! Things started to *happen* after that festival. The Deb Seymour Trio, The Deb Seymour Festival Band, and the best: Deb Seymour and the Debonairs, a three year run with fellow Victory members Alan Kausal, Ron Dalton and Michael Guthrie..." [Read full interview at the below link"
"Little ZENN Car" Give's Old NEV a New Life (Music Video Review in AutoBlog Green)
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attle-area musician Deb Seymour is kind of in love with her all-electric car. In fact, we don't thin...attle-area musician Deb Seymour is kind of in love with her all-electric car. In fact, we don't think we've ever heard of a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) driver who's been more public about his or her affection for their little runabout. Seymour recently posted her song "Little Zenn Car" to YouTube and it's surprisingly simple and fun. The song doesn't try to be too serious. How can it be when it's an ode with lyrics like, "Little Zenn Car rocks my world, she's a carbon-free, green-wheeling girl" or "Well, you say you drive a Prius, you're still using gas"?
To be clear – as the end credits specify – Seymour knows that Zenn NEVs aren't even made any more, and she's not trying to shill for the company. The video says:
This video was made for love, not money, and was not commissioned or endorsed by the Zenn Motor Company. Deb Seymour is not a paid employee of official spokesperson for the company. She just likes her car a whole lot.
We're glad to hear it. You can watch the video after the jump and download the track from Seymour's Urban Folkerista website until the end of the month.
Alt-Country Song Lauds Electric Cars, Though Cowboys May Cringe
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here was a time--not that long ago--when country music was predictable. Usually it involved a dog, a...here was a time--not that long ago--when country music was predictable. Usually it involved a dog, a pickup truck, and a lost lady-love.
Then alternative folk came along. And it brought electric cars with it.
Enter self-styled alternative folk singer/songwriter Deb Seymour, and her latest single, Little ZENN Car. It's a 3-minute tribute to her all-electric ZENN neighborhood electric car, which her biography informatively tells us is named Zöe.
We also learn that Seattle-based Seymour loves hard hats and tools, and hates beer, by listening to some of her other songs: Mamma Wears A Hard Hat, Don’t Mess With My Tools, and Girders Of Steel.
While we’re not big fans of promoting a vehicle that can’t legally drive on the freeway, we give Seymour kudos for literally singing the praises of electric cars in this quirky number.
Admittedly, not everyone likes folk or country genres. If you’re that kind of person, you should probably give Little ZENN Car a miss. While this author found her foot tapping to the song, not all the editorial staff at GreenCarReports agreed--by a long shot.
But if you have wide and varied musical tastes that include the odd bit of 12-bar blues, classical, country, and alternative rock, you’ll probably find Little ZENN Car fun to listen to.
And just like the song Electric Car from alternative rock duoThey Might Be Giants, we guarantee that if you listen to Little ZENN Car, you'll be humming its tune days later.
For better or worse.
Mama Wears A Hard Hat: CD Review
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Once again, Deb Seymour has proven she's a master of the art of storytelling (with a guitar, no less...Once again, Deb Seymour has proven she's a master of the art of storytelling (with a guitar, no less) This third foray takes us all over Deb's world,; and she's one hella tourguide. Great tunes, great words, great gosh - buy it already!!
John Ford KAOS-fm Olympia, WA
(July 26, 2011)
Deb Seymour, Musical Humorist at Leavenworth Community Coffee House
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This Seattle singer and song writer incorporates Latin, jazz, country, blues, folk and rock styles i...This Seattle singer and song writer incorporates Latin, jazz, country, blues, folk and rock styles into her performance. The subject matter? Anything goes! Her songs tell funny stories about the virtues of her cat to the mis-adeventures of her dog to tango dancing with extraterrestrials. (Thursday, September 30, 2004)
Seattle Wooden Boat Festival Guide
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Whether telling stories of miscreant alley cats or tango-dancing extra-terrestrials, Deb Seymour is ...Whether telling stories of miscreant alley cats or tango-dancing extra-terrestrials, Deb Seymour is a busy woman! Infectious music and lyrics!"
-Jim Nason, Producer, Seattle Wooden Boat Show Concert Stage
(July 4, 2004)
Westword Magazine: New CDs Review
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[Seymour performs] Folk music that won't bore even the anti-folkies amongst you -Michael Roberts,...[Seymour performs] Folk music that won't bore even the anti-folkies amongst you
-Michael Roberts, Westward Magazine, Denver, CO (June 1992)
Deb Seymour performs all original songs of her own making.