Deb Rhymer struts the Blues with a sultry, uptown West Coast sound. Drawing on the classics, from the heyday of the Chicago shouters to the strong song writing women of today's North West blues scene, Deb delivers a funky, soulful and sophisticated blues brew for your listening and dancing delight.
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Deb was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia and made her debut as a vocalist at age 17 with the rock band Hostage. In 1997 she began fronting the blues band No Fixed Address. Her love of the blues had begun! Known for her dynamic voice and unique bluesy style, Deb has had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s best musicians. Her first CD was released in 2006 and received excellent reviews. The new album – Don’t Wait Up features Deb’s original songs and has received rave reviews and continue to dominate the music charts. Deb has been featured for many years at the various clubs and festivals and the Deb Rhymer Band hosts one of the most popular and long standing blues jams in the Pacific Northwest - Sunday Blues Services. Deb is also a founding member of the Victoria Blues Society.
Kelly Ward Fawcett is a versatile guitarist and powerful vocalist who has led his own bands and worked as a sideman for many other prominent Canadian musical acts. He has toured North America extensively, with international sojourns to Hong Kong, China, the Caribbean and Europe. Growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kelly cut his teeth playing with Kelly Ward Fawcett“The Prime Minister of the Blues” Dutch Mason and blues harp legend, Rick Jefferies. He has shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Jim Byrnes, Amos Garret, The Odds, Shari Ulrich and Sarah McLachlan as well as touring with Mobadass (Earl Pereira of Widemouth Mason), HB Concept, Rita Chiarelli and the Twisters. A former instructor at the Selkirk College professional music and digital media program, Kelly is also an award wining songwriter, composer and engineer with his music being featured in both film and television.
Andy was born in Vancouver and currently resides in Victoria. In his decades long career, he has toured, recorded with, and backed up an impressive roster of North American artists including: Harpdog Brown, Jack DeKeyser, Morgan Davis, Sherman Doucette, Big Joe Duskin, Rick Fines, Amos Garrett, Colin James, Steve Kozak, Robbie Laws, Ellen MacIlwaine, Big Dave McLean, Pinetop Perkins, Lester Quitzau, The Twisters, David Vest, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, and many others. Locally, Andy has played the blues with the HouseCats, Bill Johnson, Slim & the Deuces, and Summer & the Sinners.
Clayton O'Howe is no novice. Originally from Niagara Falls, he relocated to Vancouver Island in 1993. A seasoned professional bassist and composer, he has toured around the country in many styles including Progressive Rock, Blues, R&B, Country & Western and Rock & Roll. Clayton lays down a rock solid foundation for the blues, whether swinging or funky.
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July 23, 2018
Don’t Wait Up is the new ten song recording from singer/songwriter Deb Rhymer.
Deb Rhymer struts the blues with a sultry, uptown West Coast sound. Drawing on the classics, from the heyday of the Chicago shouters to the strong song writing women of today's North West blues scene, Deb delivers a funky, soulful and sophisticated blues brew.
Deb Rhymer and her band are a mainstay at festivals and clubs and are the hosts of one of the most popular and longest running blues jams in the Pacific Northwest. Deb is backed by a top notch band that includes Canadian veterans Kelly Fawcett on guitar, Andy Graffiti on drums and Clayton O’Howe on bass. Following up her well received first album of covers, Rhymer decided it was time to get serious about writing her own material for this new release. In collaboration with some of her community’s strongest writers and players, she got some fine results. Six original tunes as well as four classic covers make this a tasty platter of heartfelt blues. From rocking to swinging, from tough to tender, there’s plenty here to please your ears.
Deb Rhymer’s new album, Don’t Wait Up, lands solidly within the blues universe, with six well crafted original songs and 4 notable covers. Deb Rhymer has been working in the blues for many years out of Victoria, BC, leading her own band, hosting the long running Sunday Afternoon Blues Services (Jam) and supporting the success of the Victoria Blues Society.
Don’t Wait Up is her second album, but the first to include her own songs, and it is a revelation! Currently charting on the Roots Music Report and Canada’s Earshot Magazine survey, Don’t Wait Up is attracting a lot of attention, and it’s the original songs that are getting the buzz. The CD opens with a straightforward shuffle “Heartache and Trouble” essentially a litany of losers, each inflicting his own particular kind of pain. Deb’s presentation of these characters reflects a mature sensibility there’s pain, there’s understanding, and there’s the power to rise above. That attitude bleeds into the next track, “Let Your Heart Decide.” It’s a showstopper, driven by a compelling guitar groove by co-writer and guest guitarist Bill Johnson. Deb’s voice is strong and confident, even as the melody soars, like the woman in the song who is forcing a choice. The CD’s title track, “Don’t Wait Up,” is a gorgeous, lullaby like ballad a tender goodnight to a loved one before leaving for the evening. Kelly Fawcett gifts a beautiful, lush guitar solo, transitioning elegantly with Deb’s vocals. The entire band Deb, Kelly, drummer Andy Graffiti, and Clayton O’Howe on bass get songwriting credits on “Just Enough Blues,” a spirited, honky-tonk flavored number with guest artist Wynn Gogol ripping it up on keys. An other guest, Randy Oxford, adds trombone flourishes throughout the lively “There’s the Door,” and joins Deb for a fun voice vs. ‘bone duel mid song. The last of the originals is preceded by a wonderful interpretation of Kate Hunt’s “Waking Up Slow,” with David Vest’s piano providing the groove and Kelly adding some tasty slide. “Giving Me the Blues” reinforces that contemplative mood and features all of the classic slow blues elements done VERY well, including lyrics that pull it out of the expected. Sprinkled among the originals you’ll find Elmore James’ “Cry for Me Baby,” with guest Gary Preston on harmonica, a laid back version of James Brown’s “I Got You,” and an early Aretha, the joyful “It Won’t Be Long.” So, while Deb Rhymer might sing about “Just Enough Blues,” her CD has PLENTY of blues, and among the originals you may very well find some new favorites. Purchase Don’t Wait Up digitally at the usual outlets or order the CD from the website. - Jane Henderson
DEB RHYMER/Don’t Wait Up: Stepping away from covers and going mostly originals, western Canada’s white girl with the blues sounds like she cut her teeth on the west side of Chicago rather than the northwest corner of Canada. Dipping into the great American songbook, she slows down some James Brown and really makes it her own in the deal. In the tradition while moving it forward, this is one gal that you don’t mess with. She’s got it all on the ball. Read article.
“Other regions have their favorites, but this new album leaves no doubt that the queen of the blues in western Canada is Deb Rhymer. Her songwrit-ing ("Don’t Wait Up," "There’s the Door") is as tough as nails, and she’s got the voice to match the songs. Rhymer has put together a band that seems to delight in playing the songs, as opposed to just jamming the blues, and they sound great behind her.” - David Vest, Maple Blues Piano Player of the Year
“Deb Rhymer's "Don’t Wait Up" is a great recording. Old school blues done the right way.” - Gary Kendall, Juno and Maple Blues Award winners Downchild Blues Band
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