Actually, Deak has been playing the blues harp since the early age of
12...inspired by a school classmate. The 1980's found Deak learning from
- and eventually doing shows with the great harmonica master James Cotton,
who played with the legendary Muddy Waters and became an important blues
artist of today in his own right. Deak also struck an ongoing correspondence
and friendship with the late, great West Coast Harmonica King, William
Clarke around that time.
concept of the Deak Harp Blues Band have their beginnings that go back
from the early lineup in the 1990's to just a short while ago, to the
summer of 2007, when Deak himself was given the red carpet treatment at
the Pocono Blues Fest, along with David
Beardsley of STLBlues.net. Deak sat in with many of the artists
there, including Eddie Van Shaw...son of Howlin' Wolf sideman and sax
legend Eddie Shaw. A climactic moment of the festival occurred when Deak
fronted the band, singing and blowing harp at the end-of-festival party...and
Deak, with the encouragement of festival promoter Michael Cloren, began
to think of how it might be a great idea, and a great time to reform his
old band again.
Another event that helped inspire this turn of mind happened later in
October of 2007, where Deak Harp showed up at the Arkansas Blues and Heritage
Festival (formerly the King Biscuit Blues Festival) playing on Cherry
Street in front of the KFFA Radio Station, and later sitting in with Mississippi
one-man-band artist Bill Abel at the Houston Stackhouse Stage. A cool
clip of this performance can easily be seen on Deaks
*Bio notes written by...
Johnny Roy Hedger
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