Debra Farris Band
Good Time Danceable Blues Funk! “Blues with Grooves”. The most creative description we’ve heard is “Bonnie Raitt meets Susan Tedeschi at Brickhouse”. Prominent influences include Beatles, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Bill Withers, Robben Ford, Jonny Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, James Taylor, Motown artists and many Blues Greats, like Louie Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
Woven through the Blues vein is also funk, classic rock, jazz and attention to prosody. You’ll hear both originals and favorites delivered with a gutsy energy that makes people turn their heads and listen, or just get up and dance!
Debra Farris Band’s upbeat style is positive and very dance-able. In a single performance, the band plays a variety of originals and favorites, so that there are songs people know and love.
There is something about the tunes and the
delivery that makes everyone feel good.
Debra, a Kalamazoo, Michigan native, has
written, recorded and released 8 albums,
published through “Share The Ride Music”.
She also composes multiple genres of music for licensing to other artists, commissioned songs, children’s music, soundtracks, podcasts, and radio jingles. Debra regularly travels and
performs solo without the band. Debra
collaborates with numerous other songwriters.
Debra is an active ASCAP , TAXI.com and
Sonicbids member. You’ll often see her at
Songwriting Conventions and events.
She has opened for Alligator Blues Artist Coco
Montoya, Cougar Estrada, drummer with Los
Lobos, and Women’s Music Favorites Tret Fure,
and Disappear Fear, as well as sharing stages
with Artists Burleigh Drummond (Ambrosia),
Blame Sally, Tina Schlieske, Charlie Hitchcock
(Particle People), Kenny Edwards (Linda
Ronstadt Band), Karla Bonoff, Kenny Loggins &
son Crosby Loggins, Freebo (Bonnie Raitt
Band), Bluegrass legends Tim and Molly
OBrien, David Piltch (K.D. Lang Band and Holly
Cole Trio), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet
Sprocket), Pseudopod (Interscope Records Best
College Band in America), and the GoGirls at
Debra Farris in the Press
Santa Barbara Blues Society
“DFB played Santa Barbara Blues Society’s “Battle of the Blues Bands” several times at SOhO. Sunday, Sept 26, 2010, DFB won 2nd place Runner up, trailing Pryor Baird and the Deacons by only 3 points! Pryor Baird won first place and will go on to Memphis to compete in the finals. ”
- Santa Barbara Blues Society (Sep 27, 2010)
Santa Barbara Blues Society
“Got people dancin’! Get the band mates to sing along the choruses. Good creative cover of‘Proud Mary’. Nice energy – personality – & connect with your audience. Tight together. Would have enjoyed a change of tempo during the set. – maybe a ballad.” - Judges, Santa Barbara Blues Society(Sep 26, 2010)
Patricia Rushton – Musician
“Debra Farris Band isn’t just another tight club band; Debra Farris stands out as a Singer/Songwriter of extraordinary talent and originality. Her lyrics move me.” - Patricia Rushton, Mixolydian Music
Rick Chudacoff – Producer of Smokey Robinson, Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, GOUDA MUSIC
“You are much further along than so many songwriters I hear. You do so much so well in the world of songwriting: Crafting the Prosody, Melody, Structure, Story, Phrasing and Rhymes, Good Work! ”
Utne Reader - Best of Alternative Press (Oct. 2008)
“Open Sky has 10 new original acoustic songs by Debra Farris; Astonishingly beautiful music to
stir your soul ~ healing music for our evolving world ~ rich, full guitars & gorgeous harmonies.”
The Santa Barbara Independent Tyler Blue, SBI
“Loving Music for Music Sake, Debra Farris also carries her passion beyond the stage into composing. With great confidence in her songwriting abilities, Farris also believes she can write for popular artists, TV and film. Take a listen and hear for yourself.” - Tyler Blue, (Jul 11, 2008)
John Mooy – Professional Guitar Tech for Loggins &Messina,Dishwalla, George Benson, LR Baggs
“Debra Farris Band sounds ‘Funkin’ Great!”
The Lightwave News, Michelle Gysan, aka Anselyn – VP Marketing
“Debra Farris is an extremely gifted alchemist, stirring blues, rock and soulful rhythms into magical compilations. Dynamic, uplifting and unforgettable, her music stirs up so many facets of human emotion. One to watch closely for certain, as her career ascends.”
Oceanna Visions, Artist
“This woman is the Magician and all time tops of rhythm and groove – Try sitting still while listening to her originals…IMPOSSIBLE! The brilliance of her arrangements is beyond compare; Her blends and full talent of
percussion, bass and voice and soul is simply off the charts. GET IT!”
RadSchreiber, Performance Photographer, Radical Approaches
“Debra, you are a music Guru!! Your music alchemy is really HOT! It is really distinguished. You are up there with the greats! I was listening to Fleetwood Mac. They had terrific blend. You have it too! I never get tired of your music. It always inspires and feeds me.”