Blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Deborah Coleman -- like Ruth Brown and Gary U.S. Bonds, who also hail from the same part of coastal Virginia -- brings a certain old-school sense of dignity to all of her live shows. No matter where she is, no matter the size of the audience, she presents the blues with her varying backup bands in a thoroughly dignified, proud way. And well she should, as she's just following in the footsteps, in many ways, of her late great town-mate Ruth Brown, who always exuded confidence and a sense of respect for the stage and her audiences at live shows. Interestingly, in her youth, Coleman was not inspired to sing or play guitar by such heroines of the blues as Brown, but rather, from seeing the old Monkees television show. She was raised in a musical and music-loving family and lived as a Navy kid, in San Diego, San Francisco, Bremerton, Washington, and the Chicago area as a child. She began playing guitar at age eight, and began performing professionally on bass at 15, with a series of Portsmouth, Virginia-area blues and R&B bands. She switched to guitar a short time later after hearing Jimi Hendrix, but also found inspiration in the recordings of Cream and Led Zeppelin.