Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Been awhile...

Wow, how time flies! Getting back to writing and recording has been a welcome rest from the challenges of maintaining a "working" band. It is a great refueling period! Of course the performances did not totally halt (just can't seem to say "no", lol). I have found myself doing some fun and unexpected gigs and having the opportunity to perform some smooth jazz and classic standards.

On the "band" side of things, returning to my roots in country music has inspired me to revisit my "Honky Tonk" daze and sparked a strong desire to reform a vintage country blues band and so begins "Western Standard Time". Seeking out the right talent has proven a challenge. Not because there aren't fantastic country player but finding fantastic country players who have experience with ole school rockabilly and true Honky Tonk music (who are still alive and on their feet, lol) is, well, like finding a needle in a haystack. Starting off the project is my tried and true drummer Art McAvoy and sittin in on keys is Rick Spencer. Until we find our Webb Pierce or Lefty Frizzell to handle that special country nashville sound on guitar, we'll showcase some real fine guitarists until the fit is tight and right. Meanwhile we'll be working on our song selections, reviving some of the great classic country tunes. Steel guitar and fiddle will be the icing on the cake.___that's all for now!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Thanks for listening!

Listen to With Love from Deborah Blake - EP by Deborah Blake on Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/album/Alb.120616805 #deborahblake

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Hard to believe we're off and running in 2014...

Well 2013 was a fun year. Even with all the pressure and changes looking back at my Facebook Year in Review 2013 in review it made me smile. The originals EP I released  With Love from Deborah - EP was a rewarding and fun experience. I was pleasantly surprised it was chosen to open the Cathryn Beeks Homegrown Hour on KPRI. It was an honor If you haven't heard it I encourage you to check it out (click on the Album title link) and would love to hear your feedback. Available for download on iTunes, Amazon.com, Spotify, etc...

I'm so looking forward to what 2014 has in store! I intend to limit performance dates in favor of spending more time writing and recording. I will also be dropping the ZeroGravity from my performance name. Since my company ZeroGravity Productions handles not only my band but other music projects as well and includes our web development business.

Regardless of my "intentions" however, I've already booked a few dates (I just can't say no, lol) you can find the dates and locations here at "Shows" . Come hangout with Artie McAvoy (drums), Jeff Stedman (bass) , Mike Keene (guitar) and a rotation of special guests on guitar, piano, harmonica, steel guitar, and sax. Guess you just have to show up to see who's there!

Here's wishing you all a productive and peaceful year in 2014 filled with, good health, good friends, good fun and great MUSIC!

Keepin the music LIVE
Deborah

Monday, August 5, 2013

...quick update

...well it's proven to be quite the whirlwind over the pass few months. We'll just say; many personal "life events" have come into play.


The CD! Production went GREAT. Only glitch was the need to re-mix one of the tracks so it could withstand the post-production compression and maintain it's quality. I Should receive the final this week and then I'll be able to push forward with the release and promo of the 4 track EP. I've been working on developing my distribution plan and redesigning my website; doing my best to remain as independent as possible. All in all, I have to say I'm quite pleased. I'll link the CD photo as soon as I get my last track back and they are all released!

The DBZG Band: Not a whole bunch of new news here for a change. We had a few really fun gigs come our way, played a couple new "Dives=Sports Bars", made a load of new friends, said good bye to a few, and are looking forward to whose in our future. Still looking for our "permanent" guitarist however. It's proven difficult to move forward with originals while continuing to book club work. It seems to create a cycle of CYA for the next gig with the expected covers, delaying my spending time writing and embellishing originals. Really gotta take a break from the club rat race and get back on track.

Our recent run with Reuben Vigil (awesome local guitarist) since Feb 2013, has evidently run it's course. Seems our scheduling has begun to collide causing scheduling conflicts. With his own band, open jams, and guest appearances Reuben maintains a pretty full schedule and DBZG continuing to get quite a number of recent gigs, well it was bound to present a challenge.  Mike Keene is still enjoying his wondering mistral status but, thankfully, managed to fit in a few "CYA" guest spots with us in Reuben's absence on a couple gigs; The Coyote Bar & Grill (soon to schedule again, just got bumped due to double booking) and Pal Joey's which we'll be returning to in Nov 2013. Thanks Mike! There will, for sure, be a couple new comers this year as we steer the DBZG band back to originals. This may slow down available club bookings but our plan is to create some of our own shows in private venues where we can introduce new material, new bands and a new way to enjoy the music! Having Mike McGinty join in on keys for a few gigs late this year was a real pleasure and by all means check him out on "Gambler's Dream" one of the new tracks due for release. The gents from ZG's current lineup; Art McAvoy-drums, Jeff Stedman-bass, Lenny Locken-guitar, Reuben Vigil-guitar and Mike McGinty-keyboards are all featured on this track. Awesome job! Unfortunately Mike is relocating to Oregon in Sept.

What's Next? Well just as Mike McGinty (keyboards) offered up the news he's relocating we were introduced to Jack Mathews (keyboardist from Cactus 5) who was baptized by fire when DBZG was called on to cover a last minute gig for Cactus 5 requiring him to ramp up on his own and join the fun without any real introduction. Fortunately for us he did a great job and the gig went off without a glitch. We'll no doubt be doing some more work with him as we continue to march.


New Project: Well if you've known me a significant while you know my roots are in country so you won't be surprised with my desire to answer the call to re-form a traditional honkytonk band. Of course a few of my "regulars" will be on board but I'll be hand pickin' some swingin' boogie-woogie and honkytonkin' playboys. Steel guitar, Dobro, fiddle, upright bass, harmonica, maybe even a washboard, lol. It will we a total flashback.

Til next time...
Deborah

Monday, April 29, 2013

Finally!!!

Well it's official! I've begun production on my CD. This is a live long goal and one long over due. I was referred to a few very credible producers and after a great deal of deliberation have secured one of the finest producer/engineers in Southern California, Jay Henry. With an endless list of credits including Prince, LL Cool Jay, Denise Williams and George Micheal, to his name and some of the highest tech equipment and studio musicians, engineers and techs available we are off and running. I must thank my greatest supporter my husband Richard for his endless support and the encouragement of my dear friend John Borja the goal is clearly in sight.

DBZG has been enjoying a great year so far and although we have faced a number of twists and turns our live performance calendar continues to remain active and the list of great players continues to grow. With the addition of Jeff Stedman on bass and the Reuben Vigil rotating with Mike Keene on guitar we are enjoying a new fresh sound. Of couse maintaining a solid rhythm section with Art McAvoy on drums and Lenny Locken on rhythm guitar our sound continues to keep it's unique and signature style. The icing on the cake is the added styling of Eddie J on keytar or Mike McGinty on keyboard who join us on gigs whenever possible.

Best recent news; my husband Richard's health remains stable! Thanks to all my wonderful friends who have been so very supportive and caring. You're the BEST! To my loving family, you have my deepest appreciation and undying love.

___Watch for more updates and the release date for the new CD

Keepin the music LIVE
Deborah

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Deborah Blake & ZeroGravity band
 
I need a "Pause" button! Wow, already nearing end of March 2013. Let's see, changes ? , always.
 
DBZG lineup: Art McAvoy-drums, Jeff Stedman-bass, Lenny Locken-guitar; Special guests; Mike Keene-Guitar, Reuben Vigil-Guitar, and Eddie J - Keytar 
Sidemen: Steve Nichols-guitar,Jerry Cox-bass,  Eddie Allegrezza-Bass, Jon Fay-drums, Ron Bell- Keys
 
What have we been up to?
The Good: band is holding it's own while continuing the search for the elusive "permanent" guitarist.
 
The Bad: Another casualty of  the on going "search" was the loss of our brief stretch with bassist, Avel Rios. Very unfortunate, as he is a very skilled player and complimented Art quite well. Unfortunately he just couldn't hang with waiting for guitarists to lock into the progressions and rocked the boat so hard he fell out.
 
The Good: In coming replacement bassist Jeff Stedman ( of Cactus 5). Jeff and I had been in each other's online musical networks for like 4 years and spoken at various times about playing together but one or the other was unavailable until recently. Being a very quick study Jeff has been a pleasure. Get equipment, always prepared, great enthusiasm and positive approach in general. Of coarse we're coming up on his 3rd month and the "search" for the guitarist is beginning to be felt. Fortunately  as a temporary fix we have had the pleasure of uniting with Reuben Vigil (Big Reub and the Reloaders) who is working to replace Mike Keene as lead guitarist. In addition we have the pleasure of having Eddie J working in some keytar adding the beauty of the missing keyboard parts. Of coarse a permanent keyboardist is also on the "wish list". First things First.
 
The Bad: Unfortunately both Reuben and Eddie are not 100% available so while we're all having a fun and positive experience neither offers a permanent solution for the band. Fabulous for the "Sideman" directory though.
 
The Good: Spring is here, summer's on the way and gigs are lining up.
 
Invitation:
If you are a phenomenol guitartis who is comfortable as a solo guitarist in a four piece plus one comfiguration as well as expanded to two guitars, plus keys, .and even horns, are willing to rehearse once a week, will play necessary audition gigs, side bars as well as casino and corporate and festival events, for equal share and you are looking for a versitile original/cover band project to commit to, don't be shy give me a call
 
The Recording Project:
Well...it's proven to be a bit of a slow process. Back and forth with contract jargon is such a wet blanket for me. It virtually stalled the whole project. During this process emotions, doubt and excitement are all being felt simultaneously, which sucks for making business decisions. I've never been so ready and so reluctant at the same time. Really have to lose the reluctance, it doesn't belong in the equation. How? More inquiries to more key players and more resources. I must remember "patience is a virtue" and resist entering into any situation that will compromise my artistic flexibility once the project gets rolling. I quickly discovered (not unexpectedly) that having to wear so many "hats" casts a pretty big shadow over the artistic free spirit side of things and has a dampening effect on my motivation. So I...stand up! Shake it off and "Rise Above It!" Really...it's all good, this will be a fun experience. The music is the easy part, dealing with everything else that stands in the way, from negative people to financial stress to make it happen, that's the tough part. I believe it will add to the value of the finished product.
 
Enough for now...Now come on out and show us some love! We promise to love you back!