About the Album
Double Down, this album is the Twentieth Anniversary reissue of the 2002 debut featuring four Live Bonus Tracks from the original CD release party. The original recording by Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones was produced by Rick Holmstrom and Steve Mugalian, and recorded at Pacifica Studios in Culver City, CA. Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Denny Freeman, Rick Holmstrom and Steve Mugalian are featured guests. 12 original tracks PLUS 4 Live Bonus Tracks.
“MOST PEOPLE, UPON HEARING MUSIC BY DOUG DEMING AND THE JEWEL TONES, RECOGNIZE THEM AS A BAND THAT RETURNS TO THE ROOTS OF BLUES AS OPPOSED TO A CONTINUATION OF MODERN ADAPTATIONS OF THE STYLE… COMPLETELY RESTORED MY FAITH IN THE GENRE” -MUZIK REVIEWS
"Doug is a ferocious guitarist, fiery but clean, with a crisp, clear tone reminiscent of Charlie Christian's style."
- Grant Britt, Blues Music Magazine
Eastside Detroit native Doug Deming, now hailing from Florida’s Gulf Coast, has garnered widespread attention for his deft guitar work and memorable songwriting. With a nod to the likes of T-Bone Walker and Charlie Christian, as well as Luther Tucker and Robert Jr. Lockwood, Doug leaves his own mark whether swingin’ on the big jazz box or playing straight up blues on the solid body Fender guitar. Since playing the local Detroit scene beginning in the early 90’s, Doug has spent much of the following years touring and recording with top blues artists, including Fabulous Thunderbirds front man Kim Wilson, legendary Louisiana swamp bluesman Lazy Lester, Texas' Gary Primich, Chicago greats Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones and A.C. Reed, as well as Detroit’s own Queen of the Blues, Alberta Adams. Leading his band, The Jewel Tones, Doug continues to bring noteworthy traditional and original roots music to his audiences.
Doug’s third recording, What’s it Gonna Take, exhibits the outstanding guitar work and remarkable singing and songwriting that have become Doug’s calling card. This critically acclaimed Vizztone debut spent several months on the Living Blues Charts Top Ten and earned Doug the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards Sean Costello Rising Star Award.
COMPLICATED MESS, the most recent recording from Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones, is their most courageous effort to date, combining traditional blues, jazz, swing, soul and R&B, delivered in 10 original Deming tunes along with three re-tooled covers. Captured at Bigtone Records in Hayward, CA, this analog recording achieves the tone and warm, authentic atmosphere ideal for Deming’s style. The critics took notice, and COMPLICATED MESS showed up on several 'best of' 2018 lists, as well as a nomination for the 2019 Blues Blast Music Awards 'Blues Band of the Year'.