Callahan Brothers present ...
DOUG DEMING & DENNIS GRUENLING with Jewel Tones
2105 South Boulevard
Auburn Hills, MI, 48326
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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DOUG DEMING & DENNIS GRUENLING with the Jewel Tones
Hometown boy, DOUG DEMING, returns for a special CD Release Concert for his latest work "What's It Gonna Take." DEMING has teamed up with harpist DENNIS GRUENLING who is celebrating his latest CD "Rockin' All Day." The show is part of the duo's release tour which features 26 shows in 28 days.
“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.
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.