Debra Watson and the Smokin' Aces | Boogie My Blues Away

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Boogie My Blues Away

by Debra Watson and the Smokin' Aces

Rockin' Blues, Swingin' Jazz, Rockabilly and soulful ballads with just enough sass and torch to get you feeling some real Texas Heat!
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Standing On a Rock
3:44 $0.99
2. Baby, Don't Stop
3:35 $0.99
3. Boogie My Blues Away
3:04 $0.99
4. Someone to Hold Me
4:35 $0.99
5. Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu
3:03 $0.99
6. Your Cheating Heart
3:37 $0.99
7. It's All Your Fault
3:42 $0.99
8. Wild Places
5:48 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Debra Watson sings an eclectic mix of rockin' blues, jump blues, swinging jazz, and rockabilly. In L.A. some folks refer to her as the Texas Tornado from Austin. In addition to shaking it up on stage, Debra can sing a ballad with heart-wrenching passion. Listen to "Someone To Hold Me" written partly years ago after a breakup and finished after her younger sister lost her husband to Pancreatic Cancer. Debra felt the sorrow her sister was going through with such intensity, and teamed up with the talented jazz pianist, Karen Hammack of Los Angeles to finally complete the song. On this CD, she recorded a slightly new version with her Austin band. Her sister, Dayna Mosier, who has made peace with her loss, joins Debra with beautiful, subtle harmonies. Another song on this CD she enjoyed singing was "Wild Places' written by her favorite performer, James Intveld. The beautifully written lyrics are almost haunting with such phrases as
" I want to dive in the fires of your deep dark desires to where no ones ever been.....Into your wild places, places you
never go. Into your open spaces, the ones that you yet not know...." Paul Haake, who plays guitar on this song plays with deep, soulful heart.

Dancing is another passion so Debra wrote "Boogie My Blues Away". "Feeling down, gotta put on my dancin' shoes and head to town so I can hear some rockin' blues". She not only loves to sing but loves to dance whenever she can find the time. Couldn't sleep one night and finally forced herself to get up and write what she was singing in her head.
Went over to piano player, Phil Chidester's house on New Year's Day and he helped her put the music down. Went into the studio with the band 2 weeks later, and laid down the tracks. The song came together with everyone's input. Check out Phil's boogie blues solo on the piano!

"Baby, Don't Stop" was written by the talented Austin singer/songwriter, Paula Held. She also woke up with a song in her head, but it was about Debra. She played it for her the next day. Debra loved it and wrote the bridge and Paula generously shared a co-writing credit with her. "love you all night long till you sing was initially love you all night long till you scream... "

"Standing On A Rock" was written by James Crowell and also recorded by James Intveld. Debra loves dancing to that song whenever she is lucky enough to hear James play live. She put it in on her play list, and now has an emotional attachment to the song. In 2012 she was staying at her brother's south Texas ranch for the Christmas holidays. It was one of those really special Christmases where everyone was truly joyful. Three days after Christmas her nephew's fiancee was killed in a tragic car accident heading back towards the ranch. Everyone was devastated. Debra and her sister, Dayna who sings harmonies with her, had a gig at the Austin Airport nine days later. Both sisters felt so sad and wanted to cancel the gig. They decided to sing anyway and dedicate the gig and the song, "Standing On A Rock" to the memory of Lauren. The song and their heartfelt dedication was warmly received by strangers heading out of Austin. Singing the song that day brought them so much joy that Debra knew it was going to be on her new CD. The begging totally rocks with Mike Kosacek on drums, Paul Haake on guitar, Dave Evertson on bass, and Phil Chidester on piano. Then Paul Klemperer comes in rocks and wails with his saxophone. The dream to record this Cd came to fruition thanks to the generosity of Mike Kosacek, who produced and engineered "Boogie My Blues Away" in his wonderful studio. Debra and Paul Klemperer have been friends for years, and Debra always want to record with him. He's actually the one, who encouraged her to return to singing on a Delbert McClinton's Blues Cruise Trip back in the 90's, where he was playing with Marcia Ball at the time. He set up an opportunity for her to sit in with Nick Connolly, who was the headliner in the piano bar. Thanks to Paul, Debra returned to her love of singing and performing.

For years she enjoyed singing with a number of L.A. blues and jump blues bands. A few years ago, she moved back to Austin after her sister lost her husband to cancer and formed an Austin band. The Smokin' Aces represent the talented musicians on this Cd, as well as an array of Austin and L.A. musicians, she continues to have the pleasure to perform with.

"Debra is electrifying on Stage" Johnny Normal, guitarist for Pyscho Rockabilly of Los Angeles

"Debra is the Real Deal! " Josh Sklar, guitarist and musical arranger for late great Etta James (20 years)

".......She had such a beautiful tone and her phrasing and intonation were completely enjoyable. It was nice to hear how she created a contemporary vibe while tipping the hat to some good old Western Swing". Frank D. Fagnano, producer/engineer (NYC)

"Watson's performance crowded the dance floor on every number, which ranged from the '40's swing era through the
soulful jumpin' blues right into the rock and roll of the 1950's. ...."I give Watson's performance at The Derby on Pearl Harbor Night, " The Yellow Roses Award" Joe's Lanza, "All That Jazz", LA

"That's Right! rocks!" ......"Debra is a breath of fresh air. A true Renaissance woman who can do it all. Any style of music......" Barbara Jo-KGSR, Austin Radio Music Host

The Austin/LA retro singer, Debra Watson deserves praise for her strong vocal style, which is both stylistically appropriate and natural, unforced and idiosyncratic......" Western Holmes, Austin



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Paula Fontaine

Boogie My Blues Away
Just loved the whole cd. The voicing and harmonies were lovely. The band sounds tight and cool. Made me wanna get up and dance.


Brings the boogie out in everyone
Debra makes me want to keep dancing until the sun comes up.


Boogie my Blues Away
This CD has a great mix of boogie and blues! The band consists of a very experienced group of musicians and it shows in their playing. I love 'Wild Places'.