Blues Naked is Deb Candlish’s latest project singing and playing the Blues on her Bottleneck Beast. She is joined by the Amazing Monsoon Mal on harp !
From the soulful stories of traditional blues&roots tunes like Walkin’ Blues and Rollin’ and Tumblin’ to award-winning originals and blow-your-hair-back stomping sliding swamp, Deb Candlish is here to showcase the Blues from the 1920’s to the present!
Deb Candlish grew up in Greensboro in the foothills of North Carolina, USA, surrounded by delta and piedmont blues, old-time country and gospel music.
Deb came to Melbourne in the late 80’s and discovered that Blues was alive and well in this great city and ended up living there in the 90’s.
She became manager of Melbourne blues bar Muddy Waters which introduced her to a brilliant bunch of blues players including James Bridges from Collard Greens and Gravy, Skip Sail, Steve Plater, Alex Burns ,Jeff Lang and CW Stoneking, who would all become her friends, teachers and musical mentors. She joined blues outfit Dirty Rivers, toured all over Victoria and were the darlings of the Phillip Island Motorcycle Grand Prix for some years. As a solo artist she played at many major festivals including Port Fairy, Queenscliff, Apollo Bay and the Frankston Guitar Festival.
She also formed a 40 piece choir called South of the River which showcased original African American Gospel.
As Deb’s musical dream was becoming her actual life, she was hit with breast cancer, but she turned it into a healing and creative force. She produced her CD Aint Got the Blues which would win her three Victorian/Tas Blues Awards for Best Debut CD, Best female vocalist and with her blues icons, Collard Greens and Gravy, she tied for Best CD. By the time she left Melbourne for North Queensland she was a singer/songwriter/storyteller and slide player with serious chops.
Life in Nth Queensland took her away from her music for a number of years. But after suffering her own Bout of Blues she has come back Stronger than ever. She has taken her Blues to a new level and used her own experience into enhancing her passion for playing the Blues. Deb has been playing all over North Queensland at gigs and festivals and is being played on the Blues Radio programs in Cairns now. Her new journey has only begun!