Deb "Sweetgroove" Berlinger
JC and The Backscratchers
"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
I am very fortunate to live in a area blessed with so many excellent musicians;
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. Tallahasse, Florida. 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.
Two people in my life have given me the most musical inspiration; Clark Gandy (I miss you dearly) and Charles Atkins. Mr. Gandy is no longer with us, but he believed in my music more than anyone I know. He was my music instructor from age 12 to age 18. Charles now provides me the opportunity to once again learn more and more about becoming, not only a fine musican, but a professional musican. Charles gave me the nickname, "Sweetgroove".
I don't have any specific musical or artist influence. I don't have a favorite artist; I like so many in all genres. It just has to be good. I do tend to lean toward country and blues. I love the emotion from both.