This is the brand new website for DEB RYDER based out of Topanga California. Just a little info about me.
Might Just Get Lucky, Deb Ryder’s highly anticipated debut album is not to be missed – Ten original songs that are a celebration of the blues, from classic to modern, Chicago to New Orleans. World class musicians and inspiring vocals leave you wanting more.
Los Angeles based Deb Ryder is best known for her powerhouse vocals, incredible range, and classic blues style. Just back on the local scene in the last few years, she is receiving acclaim from music critics as an up and coming blues artist, song writer, and recording artist. Deb’s passion for singing is matched by her big powerful bluesy voice. Her writing and musical style ranges from the classic and familiar, to the more modern styling’s of today’s blues artists. This collection of original tunes were written from real life experiences, with just a touch of whimsy.
Born in Peoria Illinois, the family moved to Chicago where Deb was surrounded by the blues of Chicago’s streets and clubs. At a very young age, she was exposed to Jazz, Blues and Gospel by her father, Allan Swanson, a local singer, and Chicago music sensation. When the family relocated to Los Angeles, Deb was reintroduced to the blues through the extensive record collection of then neighbor, and friend Bob Hite of the band Canned Heat. Bob and the band regularly performed at Deb’s stepdad’s famous 70’s Rock and Roll club, The Topanga Corral, where she opened nightly for such blues legends as , Big Joe Turner, Charlie Musselwhite, Etta James, Taj Mahal and a long list of blues greats. Deb was a regular at Big Joe Turners weekly blues night, where she spent hours with him carefully honing her vocals, while he rehearsed the band. During that same time, Deb spent time with Etta James who mentored her, and collaborated on some projects which forever and indelibly stamped her style, and sealed her love of singing, and of the blues. These collective artists, and her personal experiences with them over many years formed the influences that are recognizable in her vocal and writing style.
Deb studied music at UCLA, and later had a successful career as a studio musician/vocalist, performing on numerous national commercials for television, as well as background vocals on several albums. Her voice was the lead vocal for the award winning Las Vegas show “Splash”. She returned to, and settled down to her blues roots when she met her husband, bassist Ric Ryder. Ric, a long time blues enthusiast and performer, encouraged Deb to write and sing the blues. Together they formed a band, The Bluesryders, playing local clubs, and blues festivals for the past 20 years. For Deb Ryder, blues is life, it’s the air she breathes, and when you hear her sing it, you know it’s true!