Review by Rudy Lu
Photographs by J Hunter and Andrzej Pilarczyk
Schenectady’s Music Haven was rocked by the down home sound of the blues last month in the summer’s third installment of 2012’s free concert series that takes lucky concert-goers “traveling the world one concert at a time.”
Powerhouse Philadelphia-based vocalist Deb Callahan sang a mixture of classic R&B covers, country blues, Texas blues and blues-rock, deftly balancing the mix of both originals and covers.
Opening her set with Ray Charles’ classic “Hallelujah, I Love Her So,” Callahan followed with a riff-driven topical song on single mothers, “Food on the Table.” Driven by a salacious hard-driving beat, Callahan and Co. fired up another topical song, “My Old Ways,” about the difficulties of change.