Debra Dobkin

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Debra Dobkin
BornChicago, Illinois
InstrumentsVocals, percussion instruments
Associated actsRichard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Shawn Colvin, Don Henley, Was (not Was)

Debra Dobkin is an American vocalist, percussionist, music producer, and painter.


Early history[edit]

Music and the fine arts have always played important roles in Dobkin's life, she was selected at age 6 for children's scholarship classes by the Art Institute of Chicago, and later attended the School of Fine Art at Washington University in St. Louis.[1]

Dobkin attended music school where she studied percussion and drumming, she draws and paints while recording music and touring. Dobkin moved to Los Angeles in 1976.[2]


Dobkin has toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt,[3][4] Jackson Browne,[5][6] Shawn Colvin,[7][8] Don Henley,[2] and Was (not Was).[9]

Along with Judith Owen, Dobkin participated in Richard Thompson's 1000 Years of Popular Music tour. A 2005 concert of this show was released on CD and DVD in 2006.[10][11]

In 2009, Dobkin also participated in Thompson's Cabaret of Souls song cycle project commissioned by the International Society of Bassists. Thompson, Owen, Danny Thompson, Harry Shearer, and Pete Zorn also participated.[12]

Dobkin has worked extensively with bassist Mark "Pocket" Goldberg, on other artists' projects and as the duo Dobkin & Goldberg[13][14] and as the MPG Trio: Dobkin, Goldberg, and Nick Kirgo (guitar, vocals).[15]









  1. ^ "Profile: Debra Dobkin". Southern California Women's Caucus for Art (SCWCA). Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Angela P. (2014). Women Drummers: A History from Rock and Jazz to Blues and Country (1 ed.). Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Armoudian, Maria (September 24, 1994). "Review: 'Bonnie Raitt'". Variety. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Bego, Mark (1995). Bonnie Raitt: Still in the Nick of Time (1 ed.). Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 11, 1990). "Review/Music; Recalling the 70's Magic". The New York Times. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Kot, Greg (August 12, 1990). "Jackson Browne Standing Tall with This Kind of Show". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  7. ^ Cummings, Jon (July 13, 2009). "The Popdose Interview: Shawn Colvin". Popdose. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  8. ^ MacDonald, Patrick (October 27, 2006). "Shawn Colvin gives heavy stuff a light touch". Seattle Times. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Good, Michael (March 7, 2010). "New Was (Not Was) Compilation: Pick of the Litter 1980-2010". Songs and Schemas. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  10. ^ Deusner, Stephen M. (July 17, 2006). "Richard Thompson: 1,000 Years of Popular Music". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  11. ^ Spencer, Neil (January 17, 2009). "Hail the history man". The Guardian. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  12. ^ Lewis, Randy (June 12, 2009). "Richard Thompson's 'Cabaret of Souls' premieres -- will it ever be heard from again?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  13. ^ Dickens, Rob (August 22, 2016). "Lauren Adams is Something Else". No Depression. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  14. ^ DeRiso, Nick. "Mark "Pocket" Goldberg – Off The Alleyway (2010)". Something Else!. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  15. ^ staff writer (September 11, 2014). "South Pasadena Arts Council Presents 4th Annual End of Summer Concert Celebration". The Tolucon Times. Retrieved July 4, 2017.

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