July 4 at 12:00 PM on Buick GMC of Beaverton Blues Stage
July 4 at 8:30 PM on Crossroads Stage
Award-winning contemporary blues, soul and Americana singer/songwriter and performer Deb Ryder is known for her powerhouse vocals, sizzling stage presence, signature arrangements and impeccable songwriting.
Born in Chicago, Ryder began singing at the age of five, joining her dad, crooner Al Swanson, on stage at several popular venues and churches in the area. In her early teens her mother moved the family to California, and with her stepfather, opened the renowned rock and blues club, the Topanga Corral. There, she opened for and performed with such legends as Etta James, Big Joe Turner, Taj Mahal and Canned Heat, all regulars at the club. These artists mentored Ryder, and it was then that her vision of herself as a singer, songwriter and performer began to take shape
Ryder enjoyed a successful professional career performing on numerous national television commercials, motion pictures, and Las Vegas musicals, and had a long run as a session artist in Los Angeles. Her first record, Might Just Get Lucky, recorded and produced by Deb and husband, bassist Ric Ryder, was released in 2014 on her label, Bejeb Records. She later teamed up with GRAMMY award winning producer / drummer Tony Braunagel (who appeared at WBF last year backing Taj Mahal with the Phantom Blues Band), and released four critically acclaimed, chart-topping records. Her latest record, Memphis Moonlight, recently swept the 2022 Independent Blues Awards, winning Best Blues/Soul Artist, Best R&B/Soul Song, and Best R&B/Soul CD. Raved the reviewer for Blues Matters Magazine, “This is one of the finest blues albums I’ve heard in the past 20 years!”