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, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robben Ford, Jonny Lang, Elton John, James Taylor, Motown and many Blues Greats. Woven through the Blues vein is also funk, classic rock, jazz and great 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. Debra Farris Band has a broad appeal and sings Universal themes where everyone can find common ground. In a single performance, the band plays a variety of originals and favorites, and there is inevitably a song or two that people know and love. Notable at a Debra Farris concert is everyone having a good time, whether they are dancing, tapping their toes, nodding heads or just smiling. There is something about the tunes and the delivery that makes everyone feel good.
The Santa Barbara based 4 piece band is has played hundreds of pubs and clubs in CA from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles, as well as area festivals, weddings, private parties and corporate events. The band also plays unplugged for a quieter, more intimate performance, perfect in smaller settings. The band bookings are available through Debra, and you can expect a quick to response, commitment and posted bookings and promotion on the web. In addition to this website, booking information, performance schedule, song cuts, and more information can be viewed at ReverbNation, CD Baby, Facebook, iTunes and more. The band (DFB) assists with its own promotion, boasting a 700 person volunteer email fan base, as well as website postings, and flyers. They also have multiple CD’s and T-shirt merchandise, and sometimes contests, drawings and gifts to patrons at gigs. Debra will work with each venue manager to create a set list and mood appropriate for the setting.
Debra Farris Band is playing out occasionally in a classic unplugged acoustic format! Check out the dates on the calendar.
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 SXSW.
Debra Farris – Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, trumpet.
Michael Hallstrom – Lead guitar, vocals
Bill Wolf – Drums, percussion
Mike Marsh – Bass guitar
Other fine musicians as needed.
Debra Farris Band in the Press
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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
“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! ” - Rick Chudacoff,Producer of Smokey Robinson, Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, GOUDA MUSIC
“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.” - Utne Reader, Best of Alternative Press (Oct. 2008)
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, Santa Barbara News Press (Jul 11, 2008)
John Mooy – Professional Guitar Tech
“Debra Farris Band sounds ‘Funkin’ Great!” - John Mooy, Guitar Tech for Loggins & Messina, Dishwalla, George Benson, LR Baggs
The Lightwave News
Michelle Gysan – 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.” - Michelle Gysan, VP Marketing, Lightwave Systems, Lightwave News
Oceanna – 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!” - Oceanna, Visionary Artist, Celebrate Life Retreats
Rad Schreiber – photographer
“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.” - Rad Schreiber, Performance Photographer, Radical Approaches