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 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 latest 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'.
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.
ZACK POMERLEAU Born and raised in Auburn, Maine, Zack had an early start at music receiving first drumset by the age of five. By the age of twelve he began performing locally in clubs as a solo act and by fourteen fronted his own group as a harmonica player, eventually representing the state in the International Blues Competition in 2010. As a drummer Zack has performed with prominent Maine local acts including DW Gill and the Blues Prophets, Tommy O’Connell and his Juke Joint Devils, Jimmy Junkinks (of the Soul Cats), among others. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside nationwide harmonica player Jason Ricci and legendary Howlin’ Wolf/Paul Butterfield Blues Band drummer Sam Lay. His shuffles have been well regarded by his peers, with DW Gill dubbing him “Little Below” and Jimmy Junkins proclaiming he has the sound of a “big fat Cadillac.
DAVID COTTON Raised in Macon and Memphis, David Cotton developed an interest in jazz and blues at an early age, and grew up playing as a teenager at his local Baptist church. As a young man, he toured internationally with Alligator Recording artist Tinsley Ellis, as well as Nappy Brown. David's resume also includes stints with Randall Bramlett, Greg "Fingers" Taylor and Clarence Carter. Now residing in St. Petersburg, FL, David is a welcome addition to the Jewel Tones with his exceptional and traditional sound.
Photo credits: Doug Deming photo by Jeff Dunn; Andrew Gohman photo by Jen Taylor; Zack Pomerleau photo by Lennie Duensling; Dave Cotton photo by Johnette Isham