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Showing posts with label Complicated Mess. Show all posts
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Eller Soul Records artist: Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones - Complicated Mess - New release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Complicated Mess, from Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones and it's really strong. Opening with title track, Complicated Mess, guitar man and vocalist, Doug Deming sets the table for a blues feast. His vocals are solid as always and using machine gun and trem bend, his riffs are hot! Joining are Andrew Gohman on bass and Marty Dodson on drums. Super opener. Kim Wilson's harp work adds great depth and Demings riffs are rich and jazzy on Sweet Poison, a cool bluesy ballad. Sam Theard's classic, You Rascal You, has great wings with Little Charlie Baty on guitar, joining Deming with clever lyrics and an extremely active rhythm section. Excellent! Shuffle, Need My Baby has a great lope and Madison Slim's harp work is strong giving the track a nice edge. My favorite track on the release is slow blues, Deep Blue Sea, with soulful vocal by Deming and smoldering guitar riffs, playing against Bon Welsh's piano workout. Excellent! Bright jazzy instrumental, Captain's Quarters is bass driven by Gohman and Little Charlie and Deming really give it a strong workout. Very nice! Shuffle track, Cookin' At The Kitchen has a great feel with Welsh on piano, Slim on Harp, and tight trums work by Dodson. Wrapping the release is horn soaked instrumental Rat Killin', with Tino Barker on lush bari sax, Sax Gordon on tenor sax, Gohman getting loose on bass and some terrific flight finger work by Deming. Excellent closer for a really strong release. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Doug Deming's album Complicated Mess out 10/19

Doug Deming Brings His Complicated Mess To Fans

On October 19, 2018

“a stone killer... devastating in every way” - Tom Hyslop

"Deming is a ferocious guitarist, fiery but clean, with a crisp, clear tone reminiscent of Charlie Christian's style." - BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE

EllerSoul Records is proud to release the new album from guitarist Doug Deming called Complicated Mess, out on October 19, 2018. Along with his road band and some great guests, this album is Deming’s most courageous effort to date, combining traditional blues, jazz, swing, soul and R&B. Delivered in style with ten original Deming tunes along with three familiar covers of Fats Domino, Sam Theard, and the late great Lazy Lester. Complicated Mess is sure to set music fans on fire.

“EllerSoul Records is excited to be working with Doug on his new recording. It is something we've talked about for some time, and the timing finally worked out for us. Doug is just the type of musician/person that EllerSoul is proud to work with. Doug is a deep blues performer, he knows and understands the language. Both vocally and on that 'killer' blues guitar,” says Ronnie Owens, EllerSoul Records.

Captured at Bigtone Records in Hayward, CA, this analog recording achieves the tone and warm, authentic atmosphere ideal for Deming’s style. With a host of top-shelf special guests, this record is “a stone killer... devastating in every way.”- Tom Hyslop

" is a cat that is bedrock solid in the blues with inventive guitar licks, clever songwriting, and upbeat, dance-inducing music. As a guitar player, he nails every category: taste, tone, restraint, timing, and phrasing."  - BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE

Doug Deming is an American blues and roots guitarist/vocalist, born and raised in the Detroit area, currently residing on the Gulf coast of Florida. Doug is the 2013 recipient of the Blues Blast Music Awards’ Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Drawing influence from greats like T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug’s traditional taste and style are evident in his original music, with three recordings of primarily original tunes to his credit. Throughout his 20+ year career Doug has enjoyed touring and recording with many top blues artists, including Kim Wilson, Gary Primich, Lazy Lester, Alberta Adams, AC Reed and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones to name a few; as well as with his own band featuring various artists such as Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Terry Hanck, Steve Guyger, and Dennis Gruenling. Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones play traditional blues, West Coast and Texas swing, and early 50s roots rock. This is real deal rocking’ rhythm & blues! 

“I first heard and met Doug several years ago, and we have since become good friends. We're definitely on the same page musically as our taste in music are pretty much identical. It ain't retro, it ain't old school, it's 'The School.'”- Ronnie K. Owens, EllerSoul Records.

Thoughts On Songs from Doug:

“COMPLICATED MESS” is a stripped down 60’s Chicago blues - inspired tune featuring just the trio. I intended to produce a primarily guitar-focused record. This tune set the pace for that ideal and ended up being the title track.

With “DEEP BLUE SEA” I was trying to recreate some of the magic of Buddy Guy’s Vanguard recordings from the 1960’s, and particularly the interplay between Buddy Guy and Otis Spann.

When writing “SWEET POISON,” I was looking to capture the swamp blues feel of the Excello Recordings out of Baton Rouge, LA in the 50s and 60s. This song was written specifically for chromatic harmonica, which Kim Wilson just nails here.

“HOLD ON” is a stylistic departure from the norm for me. Here I’m delving into the R&B genre much deeper than I have before. 

Doug Deming is comfortable in his musical clothes…  As impressive as his leads are, he always seems conscious of shining the best light on the whole picture.”       – VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE