With warm, sultry vocals that have been characterized as "sly" and "deliberately understated", Deb is a founding member of one of Maine's longest continuously running blues acts, Blue Steel Express.Following the release of their debut CD "Doin' That Crosstie Strut", Deb and the 'Express represented Maine in the 2001 IBC.
Lifetime Member and former President of the Maine Blues Society, Deb coordinates Artist Liaison and Contracts for the Maine Blues Festival.
Master drummer Bub Lynch was at the forefront of musicians that established the blues scene in Maine nearly two decades ago at the now legendary "Raoul's Roadside Attraction". He has since been one of the most in-demand drummers in the region, both opening for and playing with the likes of Livingston Taylor, Johnny Winter, and Eddie Kirkland. Bub represented Maine in several IBC's and is a Maine Blues Society Lifetime Member. .
Don "Sven" Whitcomb is without a doubt "the bass player's bass player". Originally from the Boston area, Don studied bass at the world-renowned Berklee School of Music. He's been playing the blues ever since, and both toured and recorded with blues great Johnny Copeland (yeah, that's Shemekia's Dad!). Don is a Maine Blues Society Lifetime Member and represented Maine in the 2001 IBC. .
Blues harp wizard and vocalist Tom O'Connell is a bandleader in his own right. Whether fronting his own band ( "The Juke Joint Devils" ) or belting out the mojo in one of the Mad Captain's concoctions, Tom is force of nature onstage. An absolute master of the "West Coast Swing" genre of blues, Tom is nevertheless equally at home in virtually all other forms blues may take. Tom has represented Maine multiple times in the International Blues Competition.
Flautist (that's fancy talk for "flute player") Ralph Thomson has been a fixture on the Maine music scene for quite awhile, and has done extensive work with Arlo West. While one doesn't normally associate the flute with blues, several years ago a blues band noticed that Ralph seemed undaunted by any musical curve ball thrown his way. Out curiosity as much as anything, they invited him to play. The band was "the Mojo Romeos" and the story goes that they didn't realize that they needed a flute player until they heard Ralph! In 2005 Ralph and the Mojo Romeos represented Maine in the IBC.
Gotta love that Art Deco vibe.