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Monday, July 2, 2012

Western NY Blues Society Present..Doug Deming & Dennis Gruenling In Concert 7/13

28 Shows In 26 Days!

Harpist Dennis Gruenling Joins Guitarist Doug Deming (With
The Jewel Tones) On U.S. Tour Both Supporting Their New CDs

<Perform Locally: Paradise Island In Buffalo - Friday, July 13>
(Presented By the Western New York Blues Society)

(Buffalo, NY) - One of today's most compelling duos in Contemporary Blues, harmonica master Dennis Gruenling and guitarist Doug Deming (and his band, The Jewel Tones), perform swinging jump blues rich with gritty shuffles and driving boogies.

Harpist Gruenling and guitarist Deming (the later who fronts longtime group, the Jewel Tones) have once again joined forces for an ambitious twenty-eight city tour in just twenty-six days, each in support of a new CD ("Rockin' All Day" by Dennis Gruenling; "What's It Gonna Take" by Doug Deming). Full itinerary is found below.

Dennis Gruenling along with Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones perform locally at Paradise Island, 4701 Transit Rd., Depew, Friday, July 13. 7 p.m. $12. advance, $15. at the door. This is a Western New York Blues Society-sanctioned event. Info: (716) 656-7946 or

Dennis Gruenling (l) and Doug Deming (r) have both released new albums and are touring together

About: Dennis Gruenling

After receiving his first harmonica as a gift from a family friend while in his teens, he had heard his first blues record and his life was never the same! Having been in New Orleans during 1992-'93, Dennis came back home to the Garden State of New Jersey and quickly gained a reputation as a young rising star on the local blues scene, working in a couple different local blues bands. In 1998 he started to form his own local "all-star" band, using members pulled from other regional bands. Since his self-titled debut with that band ("Dennis Gruenling & Jump Time!") in 1999, Gruenling has pulled in countless fans and numerous accolades from critics and musicians around the world for his swinging, highly original harmonica sound and style. Taking equal parts from the blues harmonica and swing saxophone traditions and styles, Dennis has pushed the boundaries further for blues harmonica, while in the meantime pioneering a whole new sound and direction for the instrument.

"Dennis Gruenling has become the new harp player's harp of the most critically acclaimed of his generation" - JUKE JOINT SOUL

"Dennis Gruenling is a leading light among a new generation of harp players...stands poised to claim a spot in the pantheon of blues harmonica greats." - BLUES REVUE

About: Doug Deming

"We have no gimmicks," says leader Doug Deming. "We play pure traditional music from the heart, with an image that conveys a deep respect for the genre." As a result, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones have been become regulars on the national blues and jazz touring circuit as well as an 'in demand' backing band for a 'who's-who' of today's top American roots music performers, including Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Louisiana Red, Chicago Pete, vocalist Alberta Adams, Black Top's Johnnie Dyer, W.C. Handy Award winner Johnny 'Yard Dog' Jones and the legendary Lazy Lester. Detroit guitarist and Handy multi-award nominee Johnnie Bassett describes the band as "great talent...that people outside the area will come to know."
Doug Deming has been the driving force behind the Jewel Tones (formerly known as the Blue Suit Band) since it's beginning in 1991. As a guitarist and vocalist, he acknowledges a musical debt everyone from T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters to Nat Cole and Count Basie. Says Detroit blues writer George Seedorff: "Doug is equally at home playing straight ahead on the solid body guitar or swinging on the big jazz box." The group's recordings achieve originality while staying deep in the genre.

"Doug Deming's 'Falling Through The Cracks' features solid performances on a program that encompasses a variety of blues styles." - BLUES FESTIVAL E-GUIDE
"You can sit and listen to the Blues or you can get up and start dancing to it. Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones' 'Falling Through the Cracks' will certainly get you doing the latter, with one of the finest mixes of 50's Style Rockabilly, Classic Jump/Boogie, Shuffle, and Swing I have recently heard." - BLUES UNDERGROUND
Watch a live performance of Doug Deming's "Momma Didn't Raise No Fool" by Dennis Gruenling and Doug Deming here:

Dennis Gruenling/Doug Deming - "2012 CD Release Tour" - Live Shows Itinerary

June 20 (Wed.) Freddie Rebels Naples, FL
June 21 (Thur.) Gatorz Port Charlotte, FL
June 22 (Fri.) Mattison's City Grille Sarasota, FL
June 23 (Sat.) The Back Room Delray Beach, FL
June 24 (Sun.) Earl's Hideaway 2pm Sebastian, FL
June 25 (Mon.) Papa Mojo's Durham, NC
June 26 (Tues.) Reeve's Theatre Elkin, NC
June 27 (Wed.) Capital Ale House Richmond, VA
June 28 (Thur.) Roxy & Duke's* Dunellen, NJ
June 29 (Fri.) Black Eyed Sally's Hartford, CT
June 30 (Sat.) Private Party Middletown, NY
July 1 (Sun.) Asbury Park Jazzfest Asbury Park, NY
July1 (Sun.) Towne Crier* Pawling, NY
July 2 (Mon) Mystic River Park Mystic, CT
July 3 (Tues.) Triad Theatre New York, NY
July 4 (Wed.) House Party New Jersey
July 5 (Thur.) House Party Barrytown, NY
July 6 (Fri.) The Turning Point Piermont, NY
July 7 (Sat.) Harmonica Seminar Teaneck, NJ
July 7 (Sat.) The Twisted Tail Philadelphia, PA
July 8 (Sun.) Skeeter's BBQ Shamokin Dam, PA
July 9 (Mon.) Blues Society Event Cleveland, OH
July 10 (Tues.) Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH
July 11 (Wed.) Court Street Grill Pomeroy, OH
July 12 (Thur.) Thunderbird Cafe Pittsburgh, PA
July 13 (Fri.) Paradise Island Buffalo, NY
July14 (Sat.) NY State Blues Festival Syracuse, NY

*"Harpin' For Hunger" Benefit Shows

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