Deb Seitz Band

Deb Seitz Band

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
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Recognized for her diverse set list and dynamic vocal range Deb Seitz performs more than most in Chicago’s South Suburbs. Working full time by day, Deb then goes that extra mile after 40 to “to make blues her business”.

Biography

Deb has been recognized for her accomplishments:
· 2007 culminated a knockout show at the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN
· 2006 Winning of the Central Illinois Blues Challenge sponsored by the Blues Blowtorch Society in Bloomington, IL
- 2004, finalist in the Best Unsigned Vocalist Contest judged by Alligator Records’ Bruce Iglauer at the House of Blues, Chicago, IL
· In 2001, winner of the Janis Joplin sound-alike contest hosted by local bluesman and WCKG-FM personality Buzz Kilman, Chicago, IL

Deb has been keeping the blues alive at festivals, benefits and educational performances such as:
- The Taste of Chicago, Chicago, IL
· The Chicago Auto Show, Chicago, IL
· The Crown Point Rotary’s Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest, Crown Point, IN
· Munster Jazz & Blues Fest, Munster, IN
· Darien Fest, Darien, IL
· BBQ Blues Festival, Joliet, IL
· “Wild Women Don’t Get the Blues Fest” sponsored by the Madison Blues Society in Madison, WI
· The Family, Youth and Community Development organization in Greencastle, IN
· The Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL
· The National Youth Development Symposium and the Heartland Conference, St. Louis, MO

Her musical resume also includes the presentation on Blues History as part of the music curriculum St. Xavier College, Chicago, IL

Deb’s earned a strong reputation as one of the region’s “Leading ladies of the blues”, and has gained a loyal following and performs regularly at local venues the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn, Ed & Joe’s in Tinley Park, Vino Tinto in Oak Lawn, Galway Tribes, Frankfort, IL and Tommy’s Place in Blue Island. Across the state line, she performs at the Quest in Schererville, the Stray Dog, New Buffalo, MI.

Her performance trek includes other venues throughout the region such as:
· Jonah’s Oyster Bar in Peoria, IL
· Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville, IL
· The Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis, IN
· Chord on Blues, St. Charles, IL
Deb is also welcome guest at notable Chicago Blues sessions such as:
· Buddy Guy’s Legends, hosted by “Brother John” Kattke
· Kingston Mines
- Rosa’s Lounge, Chicago, “Killer” Ray Allison
· Harlem Avenue, Lounge, Toronzo Cannon
· Blues on Halstead, Hosted by Marty Sammon
· Redfish, hosted by Pat Smilie
- Deb is a regular at Sopro Productions’ Thanksgiving and Easter Blues Revues shows in Blue Island, IL.

The Blues road has not only taken Deb through some great venues but introduced her to some of his country’s best Blues talent that she’s had the opportunity to perform with including:
· Shemekia Copeland
· Carl Weathersby
· James Wheeler
- Toronzo Cannon
· John Primer
· Tinsley Ellis
· JB Ritchie
· “Motor City” Josh Ford
· Pat Smilie,
· Sam Cockrell
· Stan Skibby
· The Chicago Kingsnakes
· Marty Sammon
- Pete Galanis
· “Killer” Ray Allison
· Pistal Pete
· Eric Davis
- Patrick Doody

In 2007 Deb Seitz and the Swank Daddys competed in the world’s largest gathering of blues bands on fabled Beale Street. Deb's has broadened her musical horizons since Beale Street.
· Her current band, the Deb Seitz Band, features “Hollywood” Johnny Cosgrove, Frank Anastos, Mike Bailey and Dan Wile
· 2004 - Seitz & Soundz, acoustic duet with guitarist Frank Anastos
· 2004 - Swank Daddys (featuring Kenny Kinsey, Jerry Porter and Nick Byrd)
· 2002 - Chicago Blues Posse (featuring “Hollywood” Johnny Cosgrove, Mike Bailey, Bob Mandarino)

Seitz’ enthusiasm for the blues is positively infectious and tells us that she is encouraged by the talent that surrounds her as well as the many blueswomen who have inspired her for nearly three decades.

“Growing up, I listened to Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Carole King; and Bonnie Raitt has always moved me,” said Deb. “Susan Tedeschi and Janis Joplin showed me new possibilities, but these days, it's that “get down ‘n’ tell it like it is’ attitudes of Etta James, Koko Taylor, Irma Thomas, and Denise LaSalle that hit me where it counts.”

With a strong foundation in the blues, Deb’s repertoire includes songs from Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Koko Taylor. Seitz is also inspired by Janis Joplin: she won the “Janis Joplin Memorial Singoff” in 2002, and in 2003 was named Best Unsigned Vocalist at Chicago’s House of Blues. Deb’s forceful delivery of Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman” leaves you wanting more.

“I like to give audiences what they want,” continued Seitz. “You’ll hear Muddy Waters, BB King and Lazy Lester at my shows, but you’ll also get Tracy Chapman or John Prine through blues-tinted glasses.”

Seitz’ solo CDs, Another Promise and Soul Stirring, have landed on playlists from Atlanta to Indianapolis and Chicago; from Bloomington-Normal to her native Montana. They are available on Deb's we

Discography

2006 - "Another Promise", Indie, Deb Seitz, Drumhead Recording, Tinley Park, IL

2005 - SoPro's Chicago All Star Blues Band, "SoPro's 21st Annual Thanksgiving All Star Blues Revue 2004 (live)"

2004 - "Soul Stirring", Indie, Deb Seitz, Drumhead Recording, Tinley Park, IL

2004 - SoPro's Chicago All Star Blues Band, "SoPro's 21st Annual Thanksgiving Chicago All Star Blues Revue 2003 (live)"

2003 – “Rock Me Right”, “Blues For Kids Sake”, Kelly Knight Studio, Joliet, IL

2003 - “Deb Seitz & The Chicago Blues Posse”, “Road Time”, recorded at Dungeon Studio, St. John, IN

2003 - "Me and Bobby McGee", "Round 3", The Big Boppers Band, Drumhead Recording, Tinley Park, IL