About the Band
“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 frontman 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 and latest 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. Backed by the Jewel Tones line-up of Andrew Gohman on upright and Fender bass, Devin Neel on drums, and featuring Dennis Gruenling on harmonica, What’s it Gonna Take is currently available on the VizzTone label.
ANDREW GOHMAN Born in Ohio and raised in Florida, Andrew Gohman started playing traditional blues guitar at the age of 15 and picked up the bass much later at age 25. Andrew played the Tampa/St. Pete blues scene regularly with his group the Bottom Feeders until joining the Jewel Tones full time in 2011. A bona fide audiophile, with interests ranging from traditional blues to jump to jazz, Andrew credits many influences, including Ransom Knowling, Ernest “Big” Crawford, Keith Ferguson, Jack Myers and Bill Willis, to name just a few. Andrew brings the grease to every performance, whether laying down the groove on his Fender, or pullin’ and slappin’ on his ’42 Kay upright.
SAM FARMER Florida native, and newest member, Sam Farmer joins the band as they embark on their 2016 summer tours. Sam started playing drums at the sprite age of 8 yrs old, and began touring professionally about 5 years ago with Florida favorites Damon Fowler and The Betty Fox Band. A traditional player with varied influences, Sam's tasteful playing rounds out this dynamic rhythm section.
MADISON SLIM bought himself a harp after hearing his first Little Walter record while in the US Air Force. Thus began a storied career that took him from his hometown roots in Madison, WI to become a serious road warrior – playing, recording and touring over the years with Bryan Lee, Little Jimmy Valentine, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Sam Lay, The Legendary Blues Band, Rev. Raven and the late great Jimmy Rogers, to name a few. Madison Slim plays pure blues, of the South Side Chicago variety, a world renowned harmonica player and singer who has been shaking the shack since the early days at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln, NE with the Heart Murmurs. Slim has appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show with Jimmy Rogers, and you can catch him live and up close with Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones at most of their Florida shows.
Photo credits: Doug Deming photo by Jeff Dunn; Andrew Gohman photo by Jen Taylor; Sam Farmer photo by Jen Taylor