Deb "Sweetgroove" Berlinger
"Deb Berlinger on the drums; in the pocket " ~ Gary Anton, Owner - Historic Bradfordville Blues Club, Tallahassee, FL December 2021
". . . you make Americana music sound better . . ." ~ Kevin Robinson, Guitar Player - Belle and the Band & The Crawlers, Tallahassee, FL November 2012
From the age of five, Deb has always had an affinity for percussion. From dragging the pots and pans out of the kitchen cabinets and “playing” them with wooden spoons, to working for her first drum kit in high school, drums and rhythm have been a major part of Deb’s life. A part which gave her focus and enjoyment. Years later would find Deb playing with some of the best bands in the area, from Blues to Country to Americana. She has played many of the region’s best festivals, from the Will McClean Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, Hank Williams Festival, various blues festivals in North Florida and South Georgia and Alabama to the longest-running music festival in the country; the Florida Folk Festival. Deb is a drummer’s drummer. She serves the song and grooves the pocket with a love and respect for the music very few poses. Deb is a treat! Treat yourself!
Deb has played with the following: Wailin' Wolves Band, Rags & Tinder, Gin & Razor, Lee C. Peyton, The Fried Turkeys, Coastal Highway, Bo' Hog Root, Tinhorn,cdh and the Porch Lizards, Hank Woji (Texas), Arty Hill (Maryland), Woodie & Beck Hill (Oklahoma), Karen Collins (Maryland), Mary Battiata (Maryland), Jimi McKenzie, Brett Wellman and the Stone Cold Blues Band, Charles Atkins* Blues Band, Red Truck Riot, Cheap and Easy, The Crawlers, The Mayhaws, Blue Chameleon, Trail by Stone, The Downhome Blues Band, The Dead Keys. *Tallahassee is the home of Florida State University (FSU) which is one of the finest music schools in the nation. Charles, known as the "professor of the blues," teaches and conducts the blues and improvisation labs at FSU.