John Deal's Musical Profile

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Musical Interests

Blues is my primary musical interest not only for itself but as a basis of so much great music.  Its simple but powerful structures, down to earth stories, and paticaptory nature makes it a true people's music.  I also very much enjoy R&B music, folk, and alternative pop music as well as writing original material.

I am primarly an electric bass player but also enjoy rythum guitar, singing (I said I enjoy it, others may not!), and organ.  My dream is to gig as a B-3 player!

Favorite Artists

Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Wilson Picket, The Rascals, The Association, Cream, Who, Blues Breakers, Indigo Girls, Letters to Cleo, Buddy Rich, Robert Cray and to may others to mention.

More current artist I enjoy are Missing Souls (France), Roosevelt, War on Drugs, The Beths (NZ), Squire (UK), The Past Tense (UK), Bobkat '65 (Spain) and many others.

Musical Equipment

Basses Fender Jass Bass, Fender P-Base, Guild X-702 Bass - all 4-string
Bass Amps/Cabs Ampeg B2 head, Peavey bass tube preamp, Crest P3500 (old PA head used with preamp), Randall B500 head (very old), Kustom 1X15 cab (15" EV-SRO speaker), 2 Pevey BX 1-15 cabs (used mostly for PA subs), Markbass Little Mark 250 head, Fender 4x10 cab, GK 1x15 Neo cab, Peavey Nanobass head, (most likely forgetting something)
Guitars Guild D-30 acoustic, Guild Starfire-V electric, Pevey Rapture electric - all 6 string
Guitar amp Lanley VC30 1X12 all-tube amp.  It works some of the time, Fender Frontman 212R
Other Various old PA gear (most of it still works!), Roland X-10 keyboard.

Past Bands

Soul Struck (R&B/Soul), The Next (Original alt. pop), The Daily Grind (Blues, R&B), The Rampage Trio (R&B, Blues), Rattlesnake Shake (R&B, Rock), The Charlie Dee Blues Band (Blues), Soul Out (R&B/Soul), Shaky Deal (Blues/R&B)

Day Job

I teach Computer Science part-time on-line. I take my teaching seriously but it does allow me more time and flexibility to pursue music than what I had as a full-time software engineer.


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