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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two Big Area Shows For Bakersfield's Rockin' Blues Babe, Deedra Patrick

Bakersfield's Rockin' Blues Babe, Deedra Patrick (pictured here performing at the recent Kern River Rock N Blues Festival where she did a show-stopping, festival-opening version of our National Anthem as well as a full set of her own material) plays two upcoming area shows: Thursday, October 18 at Pyrenees Cafe/Saloon; and a special "Blues & Boos!" Birthday Bash at On The Rocks, Thursday, October 25.  For more about Deedra's latest goings-on read below. 


  (BAKERSFIELD, Calif.) - Rockin' blues vocalist Deedra Patrick, fresh off her recent memorable performance at the Kern River Rock N Blues Festival, plays two big upcoming shows in Bakersfield - this Thursday, October 18 at the Pyrenees Cafe/Saloon (601 Sumner St.; 661-323-0053; 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; no cover); and, on Thursday, October 25, a special 'Blues & Boos!' Pre-Halloween Bash at On The Rocks (1517 18th St., 661-327-7625; 8 p.m.-1 a.m.; $5.). Special Swamp Kitty/Cat Costume Contest & Raffle - winner gets free dinner at On The Rocks  (up to $20. value) and chance to sing background on a Deedra Patrick & the Swamp Katz original song on their upcoming CD! Purchase tickets for this show either by calling Deedra (661-427-3928) or via email ( or at On The Rocks itself.


"To anoint someone a "survivor" in the music world has got to be the most played out of all rock 'n' roll cliches. Still, it's a pretty apt description of Deedra Patrick, a powerhouse vocalist with a sterling reputation, not just in Bakersfield but the many places around the country where her talent has taken her."                        Matt Munoz/BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN.
"Vocalist Deedra Patrick is back in the studio...powerful vocals and hot guitar riffs from (guitarist) Ron Brem..."            BMANS BLUES REPORT
"Deedra Patrick and the Swamp Katz blew the crowd away with Patrick's Janis Joplin-esque voice and lively band."       Valerie Cassity/KERN VALLEY SUN


                                                                     DEEDRA PATRICK - BIO 

     Imagine Janis Joplin, Lydia Pence of Cold Blood, and Etta James if they all took the stage at the same time. Close your eyes, and you might find yourself hearing just that fine ensemble of artists when Deedra Patrick sings.   
     While attending college Deedra got her start performing professionally at age 17 as lead singer for the rock band "Contra-Band". This band played 5 nights per week, from 1983 thru 1989 in local clubs in her hometown of Bakersfield. It was during this time that Ms. Patrick learned how to perform on stage and handle an audience by playing the local bar scene.    
    At the age of 23 Deedra left Bakersfield for LA, during this time she headlined clubs like The Roxy and The Rainbow on Sunset Strip as lead singer of the popular hard rock band, Typsy Fox. The band later changed their name to Rain on Fire and received airplay on KLOS for their original songs, as well as, receiving rave reviews in local magazines such as Music Connection. They were known as one of the only hard rock bands in Hollywood fronted by a female vocalist. Her powerful vocals were hard for any female or male vocalist to contend with and they created a name for themselves as being a high energy, hard hitting band.   
  By 1994, Deedra hooked up with the legendary producer, Rick Jarrard, of Jefferson Airplane, Jose Feliciano, Michael McDonald fame. He offered her a songwriting deal and began to mentor her, spending hours teaching her all his secrets about recording, the industry, songwriting and perfecting her talent. During this time Deedra was being courted for a record deal from Geffen Records, unfortunately a major car accident while touring put a temporary halt to all Deedra's dreams.   
    Fast forward to 2012 and Deedra - who regularly performs with her band, The Swamp Katz - is back in the studio recording original blues/rock songs that she has written alone and with writers Ron Brem and Chris Neufeld. These songs are a reflection of her life and journeys that have led to this point in her career. The Swamp KATZ consists of Ron Brem on lead guitar and Chris Neufeld on keyboards. The band regularly uses session players for bass and drums, which have included Joe Baiza and Jimmy Johnson on bass, as well as, Zanne Zarrow and Jonathan Weinmann on drums. Songwriters Patrick/Brem and Neufeld have created a sound that is new and unique to the blues world. With their combined styles they have created a hard hitting, funky blues sound with big gospel harmonies and soulful melodies, with guitar stylings reminiscent of Jimmy Hendrix.
  You do not want to miss hearing this vocalist, her unique styling, and learn of her life through her songs. She will remind you of many great blues / soul singers of past. She will make you feel every emotion and every pulse of the music.
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