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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 The State of Affairs. In 2021 she put together the line-up she had always wanted in order to fulfill her dream of winning The International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Deborah Stafford & The Night Stalkers play original Blues, Soul, Funk & Roots Rock, and their horn-driven grooves will get you shakin' it.  This band is Hot!  Their award-winning horn section, hot guitar licks by Jeff Bowen, soulful keyboards by Tone Show, and the smoldering vocals of Deborah take this band to the next level. In May 2022 they made it to the semi-finals of the IBC and they opened The Trinidaddio Blues Festival in August 2022 to rave reviews! They have now won the CBS Blues Challenge for the second year in a row and have just returned from Memphis and the 2023 IBC. This year they are slated to play Blues on the Mesa, were a part of Red, White and Blues and Rock on the Rails among their other shows. Deborah continues to make her mark as a singer and songwriter in the Blues with her memorable lyrics.

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

Jim DeSchamp - 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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