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Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers

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The Story

Deborah Stafford has been a staple of the Colorado Blues scene for many years with her band, Deborah Stafford & The State of Affairs. But in 2021, in order to fulfill her dream of winning The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Deborah put together the dream team. She had always wanted a horn section and to add keyboards to the band, and to spread her wings and fly, thus was born The Night Stalkers.  Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers play a variety of original Soul Blues & Roots Rock, and their horn-driven grooves will get you shakin' it!  Think the Blues Brothers meet Etta James. This band is HOT!  Their award-winning horn section, hot guitar licks by Jeff Bowen (formerly of My Blue Sky), soulful keyboards by Tone Show, and the smoldering vocals of Deborah Stafford take this band to the next level. In May 2022 they made it to the semi-finals in Memphis and opened The Trinidaddio Blues Festival in August to rave reviews! They won the CBS Blues Challenge for the second year in a row and went to Memphis again for the 2023 IBC. 2023 also saw them at Blues on the Mesa,  Red, White and Blues and Rock & Rails. In 2024 they will be headlining Rock & Rails, Louisville Street Faire and Frederick Miner's Days among their other shows. Deborah continues to make her mark as a singer and songwriter in the Blues with her memorable lyrics and songs you walk out humming. This band is going places!

Great solid band with a big sound! Well written songs...

Seasoned and smooth. Horn section compliments this band very well...There is a lot going on up there & you guys make it look so easy.  Great musicianship Wow! Nice! Splendid! Well Done!

 "Ocean of Tears is a winner. If you don't do it, sell it to Ruthie Foster with horn band.  Etta James would kill for that song.  Nice Work!"


CBS & Memphis judges 

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The Night Stalkers Are:

Deborah Stafford - Vocals

Jeff Bowen - Guitar

Bob Tiger - Bass

Tone Show - Keyboards

Doug "JJ" Murphy - Drums

Doug Rasmussen - Sax

Tommy Van den Berg - Trombone

Adisa Nickerson - Trumpet

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Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers bring you the power and excitement of a horn driven Blues band. With their award-winning horn section, hot guitar licks, soulful keyboards and smoldering vocals, their exciting brand of original Blues will have you shakin’ it. They come from Boulder, Colorado but the blues in their souls is from Beale and beyond. The Band features Deborah Stafford on vocals, Jeff Bowen on guitar, Tone Show on keyboards, Bob Tiger on the bass, Doug “JJ” Murphy on drums, Doug Rasmussen on sax, Tommy Van den Berg on trombone, and Adisa Nickerson on trumpet. Come on out and dance!

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