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Deal James

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Deal James picked up the guitar at age 11 and was hooked after the first taste.  He began with a nylon string classic style guitar, playing mostly short Spanish riffs he picked up from elder family members.  Until he met his first instructor, Drew Weber.  A blind, blues enthusiast from the same suburb Deal James spent most of his upbringing. Weber was a very religious young man and an outstanding teacher. Although they ripped a lot of blues, both had a secret taste for alternative rock that littered the radio stations of the Midwest.  Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Incubus And Rage Against the Machine were bullet points on the agenda for Deal James at the time and are the foundation of his inspiration. Weber left for school after a short year and half and left with "there's not much more you can learn from me."
 
Deal began to write his own music virtually the moment he began playing, but his focus on creating finished works had not begun until he was nineteen. His influences had changed at this point as well, paying more attention to the Motown and Pop songs his family played during party time. Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Pink Floyd had become the artists driving Deal James to push himself further.
 
After a fizzled out Rock project in St. Louis, Deal at the age of 23 had the opportunity to spend more time with his father in the small music friendly town of Stuart, Florida.  Being a cover tune and island music driven market, Deal James was determined to do it his own way.  Instead of requests coming in the form of Free Bird and Brown eyed girl, there were requests for his originals, "Take Your Medicine", "Dance Monkey" and "Dig In". Only playing the cover songs that inspired him and pushing his originals at every gig he developed the reputation he wanted...a writer.

 

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