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Dick Deluxe
Dick Deluxe
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acoustic blues, electric blues, singer-songwriter, fingerpicking, original songs,
Dick Deluxe-singer, songwriter, blues guitar whiz-frontman of a Revue and also a solo performer. One of the founders of the Clubfoot Orchestra and have also played with artists such as Steve Miller, Vassar Clements, Snakefinger, Cleanhead Vinson and virtually all of the vintage Oakland blues artists of the past 30 years.
Band/artist history
My first gig in a dive bar situation was backing Townes van Zandt in Kemah, Texas around 1974 or so. Since then I've played thousands of gigs throughout the America's and Europe as a solo, in bands, as a leader and as a sideman. Highlights include Clubfoot Orchestra tours and triumphs in the 1980's doing innovative live soundtracks to vintage silent films-we were considered one of the most virtuoso ensembles of the era. Backing great blues artists such as Eddie Vinson, Christine Kittrell , Lowell Fulsom and many others. Having artists like Sean Carney, Steve Mackay (Stooges) Joe Paquin, Luke Paquin (Hot Hot Heat), Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) as featured guests in my Revue. Currently meeting new folks in LA and enjoying playing with folks ranging from youngsters like Sheri Puorto to veterans like Joe Houston.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
I mostly play in the LA and SF areas. Planning to expand into national touring (again after a 20 year break!) later this year. I love to perform live and love playing with other musicians that know what;s happening when it comes to playing America's roots music.
Your musical influences
Too many to list but the short list of folks directly influential (via the in person method!). Doug Sahm, Lightnin' Hopkins, Count Basie, Freddie King, Mance Lipscomb, Jon Parry, Joe Paquin, Vassar Clements, Barney Kessell, Herb Ellis, Robert Lockwood Jr, Steve Freund-this could go on and on.....
What equipment do you use?
Dan Torres custom amps. Bill Lawerence electric guitars, La Petrie classical guitar, washburn acoustic
Anything else?
Always writing new material and cutting demos so check back often!