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Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones - Double DownDoug Deming & the Jewel Tones - Double Down

I have heard of Doug from a few years back and seen him once with Kim Wilson. Finally, I got a copy of his album and I am happy that I did! It’s got a lot of important blues bites, sounds, and tones that make you wanna get up and shake that thang! Doug has been playing in and around Michigan since 1991. Many of Doug’s influences include the likes of Jimmy Reed, T-Bone Walker, and Lazy Lester. Looks like “Double Down” is his only recording thus far but I am thinkin’ the future is nothing but bright for this guitar wiz…

Doug Deming: vocals & guitar
Dale Jennings: upright bass
Don Gruendler Jr: drums
Brian Miller: harp
Special guests:
Gregg “Fingers” Taylor: harp (track 3 & 6)
Rick Holmstrom(former Rod Piazza fame and solo career): guitar (track 12)
Denny Freeman: Piano (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, & 10)
Chris Codish: Organ (tracks 4, 8, & 11)
Steve Mugalian: percussion (track 2)

1. GoodBye Baby-jumpin, jivin’, and hand clappin’-I love this song!
2. BlackJack-smooth sounds and reminds me of Rusty Zinn; maybe the vocals?
3. Bad for You-more swingin’ & jumpin’; also nice harp playin’
4. Make It Last-slow groove
5. You Don’t Even Care-toe tappin’ and hip shakin’
6. Let Me Be-slow blues w/ great harp
7. HDF-reminds me of a tv theme song; but I like it! Way cool instrumental
8. On the Midnight Shift-low down dirty blues
9. Mr. Blues-more toe tappin’; just my style!
10. It’s a Crime-slow and gritty blues
11. All About the Digits-interesting story to this one…
12. Double Down-great ending song; what an instrumental!!

I give this album a 4.25 of 5 on the STLBluesometer and cant wait for new things from this up and comer. Check him out regularly in Detriot, MI or at www.dougdeming.com.


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