Deborah Coleman Band
Champtress of the Blues
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
When local promoter A.J. Gross announced Coleman's second set by saying "Please welcome back Deborah Coleman who is tearing up the stage tonight" he was right on. Touring in support of her latest CD Livin' On Love, Coleman and band did indeed tear it up.
The first set included blistering covers of Koko Taylor's I'm A Woman, the Don Robey/Joe Veasey classic Further On Up The Road, and Louis Jordan's They Raided The Joint - a song Deborah introduced as one of her favorites. The set ended with Hoping Fool and Goodbye Misery which showcased an extended guitar duet with Allman Brother stylings.
The second show opened with I Can't Lose. After what I had just witnessed that was an understatement. Deborah was certainly proving she was a winner. Livin' On Love, the title song from her new CD, was another highlight from this set.
Then came a cover of Buddy Miles' Them Changes. This left the band and fans exhausted. Deborah Coleman's performance had to be one of the best of the year at the Railhead. By the time I left the room I felt like a prizefighter who just went ten rounds with the champ. Maybe the new Champtress of the Blues.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001 Moondog Productions
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