Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Abby Harris Maharaj of Abby Girl and the Real Deal
She has a silky voice that has the local and international roots music community buzzing. Her broad range allows her to croon in a high soprano one a song then belt like LaVern Baker and moan down low like Big Maybelle.
Raised in the Tennessee hills, Abby Girl grew up singing a cappella in a small church, listening to bluegrass at county fairs and exploring her Tennessee grandmother’s vast rhythm & blues collection.
Abby Girl has thrilled audiences at Viva Las Vegas, Nashville Boogie, Doheny Blues Festival, Viva East, and many more. She has shared stages with artists including Wanda Jackson, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Deke Dickerson, James Intveld, Los Straightjackets, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, and others. She is slated to perform at the 2021 Summer Jamboree in Senigallia, Italy.
The Real Deal is composed of brothers Al Martinez on lead guitar and Aaron Martinez on drums. Al and Aaron are founding members of Moonlight Trio, the popular cumbiabilly band. Pope Paul Bouyear, who fronts Pope Paul and The Illegals, is on upright bass. Obie Hughes is on alto and baritone sax. Obie, formerly of Rumble King, has also played with prominent bands including the Reverend Horton Heat.
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