Deborah Stafford & the State of Affairs

ENERGY Dynamic Original

Hello... This is us reapplying again for the 2020 FOCOMX. We were thrilled to be accepted last year and opened focomx at Avos on the opening Friday night. What a blast and there were folks there that took notice which resulted in us opening for BUDDY GUY at Thunder Mountain in October 2019. I wanted you to know that. Now that's cool. We also released our new musical video which I included in the link below. And we performed live for KVNF for their 40th anniversary celebration in Paonia which they broadcasted live to the entire Western Slope. So those were the highlights of 2019 for us as well as shows at the Dickens Opera Hall and Goldens Buffalo Rose as well as many front range gigs most of which were sell outs. We are in the middle of producing our 2nd all original CD now which we're excited about. So LET'S DO IT AGAIN!  Thanks for considering us again for 2020. We're ready. The paragraphs below were from last years application which remain as they were. Thank you sincerely for considering us again,  Dave Doc Dougherty


Deborah Stafford & The State Of Affairs Band formed about two years ago with some of the finest musicians from Denver, Boulder, Longmont and Fort Collins. The goal was to promote original songs written by Deborah Stafford & Doc Dougherty backed by a very strong rhythm section with a strong saxophone influence. Playing their originals in the past summers Mile High Blues Society International Blues Challenge and winning earned them the right to represent Colorado in Memphis in January 2019. They will compete against the winners of the other States and European country's for the Blues title. Cary Morin won this same honor a couple years ago. A debut CD was released in May, 2018, of all originals. It has received airplay across the State especially on KRFC receiving many plays and received the 2nd most played band in late August, 2018. The CD won the Mile High Blues Society's Best Self Produced CD and was also entered by them into a National Best Of Blues CD to be judged in Memphis the same time as the 4 day IBC competition. I would encourage you to speak to KRFC's Deni LaRue and Big Steve Weintraub as a source of reference having played our CD on the air and seeing us perform several times. The band normally performs in Denver & Boulder venues. Bringing the act lately to the Fort Collins Scene the band sold out Avos, the Whiskey and the Swing Station.

The band is led by Deborah Stafford on vocals, Dave Doc Dougherty on guitar, Bob Tiger on bass, Alanya Simmons on saxophone and Doug Murphy on drums. Alanya was voted by the Colorado Blues Society in 2017 as the best horn player in the State and she is. Our main goal performing live is too bring excitement and energy to the audience with powerful originals and to pack dance floors which the band does. Many local Blues Dance Troupes and dancers follow the band up and down the front range. It's all about making music that matters. Please check out our website as a source to see us perform live and hear the CD for yourself. Energy defines our songs and live performances.