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Deb Talan

A former member of Hummingfish, Deb Talan was known as a singer and songwriter in her own right before forming long-running duo the Weepies with her eventual husband, Steven Tannen, in the early 2000s. Born in western Massachusetts, Talan started classical piano and clarinet at an early age. At ten, she began writing and composing her own music, and by high-school graduation had composed a score to the local production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. After graduating from high school, she moved west to Portland, Oregon. There, she formed a folk-pop trio, Hummingfish, which performed throughout the Northwest for over five years. The band released two albums, Hover and Love Traktor, and garnered much acclaim. But near the band's end, Talan began focusing and writing material for a solo career, and after the group disbanded in 1999, she returned east to Boston.

Upon arriving in Boston, she entered the studio to record Something Burning, which was released in the fall of 1999. The album won Acoustic Guitar magazine's Homegrown CD Award as well as earning three Boston Music Award nominations. Her growing fan base also led to performances at prestigious folk festivals, where Talan shared the stage with Suzanne Vega, Sarah Harmer, and John Prine, among many others. Some of her songs were also licensed for television shows such as Felicity and Dawson's Creek.

Talan met fellow singer/songwriter Steve Tannen at a Cambridge, Massachusetts show in support of his 2000 debut, Big Señorita. Mutual admirers of each other's music, the two started writing songs together, and soon the Weepies' whimsical, acoustic-based sound took shape. In 2002, Talan issued her second solo album, Sincerely, and the duo self-released their debut, Happiness, the following year. A third Talan solo effort, A Bird Flies Out, followed in 2004 before the Weepies signed with Nettwerk Records in 2005. That December, the label digitally released Say I Am You, which the pair had recorded in a rented cottage in Pasadena, California, and the physical album version followed in March 2006.

After spending the rest of 2006 on the road, Talan and Tannen returned to California and spent 2007 in a flurry of activity: they got married, worked on new material, wrote songs for Mandy Moore's Wild Hope, and had their first child. The following year saw the release of their Hideaway LP. The duo hardly toured at all in support of the album, preferring instead to focus on raising their son, but a flurry of TV placements and commercial advertisements kept their music in the public eye; the record reached number 31 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Talan and Tannen continued writing music together, and another Top 40 album, Be My Thrill, followed in 2010.

After taking some time for a growing family and for Talan to receive treatment for breast cancer, the Weepies returned to the studio healthy in 2014 to finish the 16-track Sirens, released in spring of 2015. The album featured a number of guest musicians who contributed remotely while Talan was unable to travel, including guitarist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), bassist Tony Levin (King Crimson), drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam) and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & the Attractions), and keyboardist Rami Jaffee (the Wallflowers). It also landed in the Billboard 200.

Recorded in the couple's home studio in Iowa City with Talan playing every instrument herself, her next effort was her first solo album in 13 years. Titled Lucky Girl, it was released by Nettwerk in 2017. ~ Jason MacNeil, Marisa Brown & Marcy Donelson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lucky Girl

1. Bring Water

2. Butterfly

3. That's Alright

4. Joshua Tree In The Headphones

5. Son Volt Came To Town

6. I Wake In Joy

7. Growing Up

8. Still Life

9. Stained Glass

10. The Wrong Impression

11. Losing My Fear Of Flying

12. Lay Down

13. We Don't Talk

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Track List: Lay Down (Single)

1. Lay Down

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Track List: Joshua Tree In The Headphones (Single)

1. Joshua Tree In The Headphones

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Track List: Growing Up

1. Growing Up

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Track List: A Bird Flies Out

1. Unraveling

2. Tell Your Story Walking

3. How Will He Find Me

4. Saturn's Light

5. Comfort

6. Big Strong Girl

7. Sincerely

8. Two Points

9. Rocks And Water

10. To The Bone

11. Ashes On Your Eyes

12. A Bird Flies Out

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Track List: Something Burning

1. Thinking Amelia

2. Whetstones

3. The Gladdest Thing

4. A Good Day's Work

5. My Favorite Coat

6. Forgiven

7. Thanksgiving

8. Something Burning

9. Wild Horse

10. A Bridge

11. The Darkest Season

12. Tenderness

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bwellsandt
Deb I love the song Rocks And Water Thank You for the great music.
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bwellsandt
Deb you have a very amazing voice.
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bwellsandt
Deb love your music very much great lyrics!!!!!
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Some great lyrics on Rocks and Water.
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fontanarama2 0 1 3
Compelling.. . she should go far.
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my current favorite!
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Her voice is very downhome but very comforting as well.
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shannonkerri g a n
I was 'coming of age' (age 17-18) when Hummingfish used to come to my college town in eastern washington to do shows. I miss them, but am so glad that Deb Talan continued on with her amazing talent!
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A great song if you're mad at men and don't care about your daughter and are , to boot, a narcissistic B.
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Beautiful song
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My mother-in-la w makes a billion dollars an hour in her blah blah blah
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I adore her and The Weepies so much, their music is so human and beautiful.
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See ndel24m ~ It does work .... I don't even have to try it to know. Follow your dreams ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Yes! Immediately loved this song.
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Do not look at the following. Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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This music is mine, I wholly take it into my soul...this music is mine!
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just listened to Rocks And Water....bea u t i f u l song and an awesome voice...and I'm not particularly a fan of country music, but this was great.
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bryantsculpt i n g
rocks and water, i stumbled upon the song after becoming the father of two beautiful girls, the song is ghostly, hauntingly wonderful. i love it.
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DLG very,very good. I love her.
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alfred_heath
Somewhat similar writing style & vocal range to Jonatha Brooke, but a little more slick and not as discordant. Also, you can't mistake Jonatha's voice (she is special to me). Really enjoying Deb Talen ALOT though!
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snowboarder8 8 8 8
I love you, keep up the great work!
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Rocks and Water, on A Bird Flies Out, is the one I'm listening to......beau t i f u l
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powerful song and voice; where is she now?
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Shawn Colvin
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haywardpoc
Sounds like ayoung Shaun Colvin
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I love Deb Talen! Thanks for bringing her to my attention, Pandora.
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Pa ndora was broke now its back I have hours of all. These fantastic song writers and similar.sing e r s of what I love go pandora radio at its best
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'Comfort' is a great song....._Sh e has that same little 'catch' in her voice that Shawn Colvin does........ _ B u t is her' 'own' at the same time.......G o o d 'work' so far......!
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This is the reason I love Pandora radio. The best source ever for discovery of wonderfully talented young artists. This is a good day.
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Awesome, love her lyrics and all of it
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first time hearing her - love it!!!
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LOve Deb Talan funny she sounds sorta like JB here but not on the weepies stuff. love the Weepies
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I love her voice. . .she sounds like Zooey Deschanel looks. .. .:)
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natasciadiaz
I dont either...and I LOVE Johnatha...b u t man Deb is FANTASTIC.
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mrskellymill e r
I don't think she sounds like Jonatha Brooke at all. I like them both very much, though!
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@skiskysurf - Yes, had I heard this on the radio I would have assumed it was Jonatha Brooke.
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Jonatha Brooke's vocal twin!
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i like this artist. she reminds me of suzanne vega.
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She's great, love her poetry.
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a very good discovery... . t h a n k s pandora
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One of the best new finds! I love her voice! A female Eddie Vedder!
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Clear - real - good music!
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Impressed with her lyrics, and voice as well as the melody. Now I want to find out more.....
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chris_lyb
Deb is simply amazing - both solo and with the Weepies
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Sounds like Sarah Jarocz on Rocks and Water. ( a good thing.)
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oh my. how exciting! I haven't stumbled upon something this good in a long time.
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There should be MacArthur Awards for singers as good as Deb Talan. She is as cool as it gets.
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Nice...very nice
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