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by Deborah Coleman
Deborah Coleman (1956 to 2018) was an American 'blues' musician. Deborah Coleman was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, USA, on October 3rd 1956. She was born and raised in a music-loving military family who lived variously in San Diego, San Francisco, Bremerton, Washington and the Chicago area during her childhood. With her father playing piano, two brothers on guitar and a sister on guitar and keyboards, she came to feel natural with an instrument in her hands, picking up the guitar herself at the age of 8. She later played at all the top music venues, such as the Fountain Blues Festival (1998), Sarasota Blues Festival (1999), the San Francisco Blues Festival (1999), Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival (2000), the Monterey Jazz Festival (2001), the Waterfront Blues Festival (2002) and the North Atlantic Blues Festival (2007). Coleman's 'Blind Pig' label debut, "I Can't Lose" (1997), was an album of ballads and 'blues' stories, plus plenty of guitar playing and singing, and her version of Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow" got a lot of airplay on college and public radio stations around the US back in the day. Her 2002 album "Soul Be It" included the opener "Brick", as well as "My Heart Bleeds Blue" and "Don't Lie to Me", plus a 'jump blues' track called "I Believe". This was followed by the long-players "What About Love?" (2004) and "Stop the Game" (2007). The compilation album "Time Bomb" (2007) featured just three women blues musicians - herself, Sue Foley and Roxanne Potvin. She had won the "Orville Gibson Award" for 'Best Blues Guitarist, Female' in 2001, and was nominated for a "W. C. Handy Blues Music Award" nine times during her career. Deborah Coleman died from complications of pneumonia at a medical centre in Norfolk, Virginia, on April 12th 2018, aged 61. She is survived by one daughter. http://www.makingascene.org/rip-deborah-coleman-10-3-56-4-12-18/
Posting three a day at the moment due to backlog. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deborah_Coleman
Posted: 25th May 2018
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Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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