Doug Deming's Harmonica Player
- Subject: Doug Deming's Harmonica Player
- From: IcemanLE@xxxxxxx
- Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 08:04:33 EDT
In a message dated 5/7/03 10:23:20 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> From: "brian miller" <madussa45@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> i recently herd a cd on the radio by a band called doug demmings and the
> jewell tones. the harmonica player really caught my ear, he had a very
> fresh sound and his solos were quite interesting. not the same old
> rehashed licks over and over. does anyone out there know who the harp
> player is in this band and where they are from? thanks
This posting is a bit perplexing, as the harmonica player with Doug Deming
and the Jewel Tones, when the recording was made, was Brian Miller.
Common name, perhaps?
Brian is one of the underrated and underappreciated harmonica players from
the Detroit area. I used to be in a band with him - Beale Street Blues Band,
in which I played keyboards, but we did do some absolutely killer 2 harmonica
Brian Miller was heavily influenced by Rod Piazza. Brian had a truly "Holy
Grail" vintage tone and worked hard and long on his harmonica technique.
Unfortunately, personal health problems and "political" maneuvering by Doug
Deming regarding his side men lead to major frustration, and Brian sold off
all his equipment and gave up playing - a real loss to the harmonica
The recording was produced by Rick Holstrum, the guitar player from Rod
Piazza. After the recording was made, Rick took the bass player and drummer
from Doug Deming's band for himself, leaving Doug to reformat with a new
Dave Morris is currently the harmonica player in this band. He did not appear
on the CD.
Having heard this band many times and having played with them when we backed
up Johnny "Yard Dog" Jones at the Handy Awards in Memphis (a winner of best
new blues artist of the year - Johnny is a great singer/songwriter/guitarist
and Harmonica player himself), I concur with Sloopy Joe's comment "They're
good technically, but no soul."
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