He began studying the sound and the stylings of all the great Swing and Rhythm n’ Blues horn men of that era; such as Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Herschel Evans, Lee Allen, Sil Austin, Red Prysock, Big Al Sears, Plas Johnson, Sam 'the man' Taylor and the great Texas Tenor King Curtis.
Deke has honed his craft for more than four decades and has travelled the world sharing stages with some of the biggest names in the business…Buddy Guy, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, Hamish Stuart, Phil Guy, Lazy Lester, Sugar Blue, Zoot Money, Otis Grand, George Melly, The Fratellis, Band Of Friends, Martin Stephenson, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Dan Reed Network, Jackson Sloan and the Rhythmtones, Big George and the Business, The Nimmo Brothers, The Cobramatics, The Beatstalkers and many more.
Deke subscribes to the philosophy of letting the music breathe and not “trying too hard”. Keep something in reserve for when you need it but be true to the song. Rest assured, when it’s time to show an audience what he can do, the roof is well and truly lifted and this is true for the talent that he surrounds himself with.
Deke’s band are a group of hand-picked masters of their craft with a like-minded attitude and a passion and desire to put on the best show of their lives…every time.
The set consists mainly of original material, and is best described as a New Orleans, Fats Domino, Jimmy Vaughan, Jump Blues, Vintage R&B Gumbo with a sprinkle of Gallus Glasgow Wit & Reparti Seasoning.
Some heart-felt story-telling from Deke’s personal life are mixed up with some classic love songs, some interpretations of prohibition and by-gone eras finished off by some other truly unexplainable iconic lyrics where you may not understand what the song is about but you will feel it in your soul regardless.
Deke and the band have a style all of their own and have several configurations that they can turn to depending on the show and the size of the stage. From a stripped back duo, to a raw and powerful 5 piece all the way up to a 8 piece band with a full 3 piece horn section.
As Deke says “It’s all about the quality.”Giving the audience the best show possible at all costs.” This has been apparent, with all of the shows that the Deke McGee band have delivered in this new line-up so far, with every gig being sold out in record time.
With every show the guys put on, the band and the music get better and better and there are definitely big things ahead.'