Let’s dig into the creative collaboration of the Dirty Deuce band and how they are changing the way we thinking about the traditional guitar-drum collaboration. You will be delightfully intrigued by their process and how they exchange ideas.
Thomas: When and why did you start playing together as a group?
Reverend Rob: We started the group as a Duo in 2006. Back then it was just Jamey and myself. Zach and Jamey had been playing together as a duo for years before that even, but Zach moved to Arizona in 2004. So we started the Deuce because we just really liked playing music together. Then when Zach moved back from AZ, we joined forces. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
Thomas: What is the most important complement to what makes your music unique?
Reverend Rob: It spans generations, anyone from 8 to 80 can enjoy our music. It’s soulful, you can dance to it, you can make babies to it and it tells true life stories.
Thomas: What parts of classic Rock music has most influenced your music ?
Reverend Rob: For me, it was liking classic rock, and then learning that most classic rock came from old soul, R&B, and blues songs.
Jamey: For me, it was Ginger Baker from Cream, and Bill Ward from Black Sabbath. Also Frank Beard from ZZ Top. As much as I love classic rock, I’m really just an old school punker.
Zach: I really like the big beefy guitar sounds. There’s just something about an old Les Paul and a juiced Marshall half stack that turns me on. Greasy.
Thomas: How do you select the elements that go into your music?
Jamey: We make it up as we go along, we pretty much just let it happen. We let life write the songs. Life gives us the elements.
Zach: I think most of our songs were written at live performances. Rob is really good at dropping cool, catchy guitar riffs, and the rest just sort of happens.
Thomas: What are the interesting dynamics that make the band work that maybe a fan wouldn’t specifically know about?
Reverend Rob: We all have been playing music our whole lives. We’ve all had our ups and downs, triumphs and failures and we’re still here! Hopefully we’re getting closer to being even with the house.
Jamey: Me and Zach are big fans of Wierd Al Yankovik.
Thomas: Who have most influenced you as a musician, and as a group?
Zach: I’m gonna have to say my Dad. He was in bands while I was growing up, he taught me the first guitar chord I ever learned. He bought me my first drum set. he’s really the reason I got into music in the first place. And Willie Nelson.
Reverend Rob: My Kids! Fishbone, Sam and Dave. My kids are the reason I get out of bed in the morning. Also, Willie Nelson.
Jamey: Les Claypool, Fat Mike, Eric Melvin, and Slayer. Oh, and Willie Nelson.
Thomas: Have you ever received constructive feedback from a fan that you used?
Reverend Rob: Yes! We have been known to play new songs at live shows and let the audience give it a name.
Jamey: Absolutely, people tell us to keep playing. Just keep up the good work. We try to use that every day. Keep on keepin’ on, you know.
Thomas: What do you listen to, to get inspiration from?
Zach: I try to not listen to anything. I find that if I spend too much time listening to other music, everything I try to write starts to sound like that. It’s tough to be original if it all sounds like something else.
Reverend Rob: I’ve been listening to a lot of D’Angelo lately. He writes great songs, and is a multi-instrumentalist. That’s pretty inspiring to me.
Jamey: I’ve always been the type of person, when I am in need of inspiration, I just turn on the radio. There is so much great inspiration in every musical genre.
Thomas: If you could select any country to rock out in, where would that be?
Jamey: Australia! Everybody seems pretty laid back in australia, and Australia is home to one the greatest rock bands in history… AC/DC!
Reverend Rob: Europe. I know it’s a continent, not a country, but how can I pick just one European country. They seem like they really appreciate American rock n roll over there.
Zach: I’d really like to play in Japan again. I did a tour there a bunch of years ago. Great people, great food, beautiful scenery, it’s the total package. We would be huge in Japan.
Thomas: What is a favorite memory of a performance you gave?
Reverend Rob: The Go Bo benefit show we play every year. Each year we put together a benefit show for the children’s hospital with other local artists. It’s always such a great performance, very inspiring.
Jamey: My favorite memory is the year we were named 102.9 Hog radio, (Milwaukee) and Harley-Davidson band of the Year. I think it was 2012. We got to play a bunch of Harley events, played a lot of new places, and made a lot of new fans. We had a lot of fun that summer.
Thomas: If you could hand-make the ideal fan, who would they be and what other things would make them ideal as a fan?
Reverend Rob: They would love all kinds of music, fashion would be of no consequence, and they would always have killer weed!
Thomas: What do you want audiences to get most out of each performance?
Jamey: A moistening of the unmentionables.
Reverend Rob: A good vibration in their nether-regions.
Zach: A good work out! Whether it be from dancing their asses off, or the post show coitis, its fun to make people sweat!
Thomas: If you could open for any-one artist, who would that be and why?
Jamey: That’s a hard question to answer. There are so many great artists out there, but if I had to pick one, right now, I would say Joe Walsh. He’s absolutely amazing, still!
Reverend Rob: For me, my dream opening spot would be for Otis Redding when he was with Booker T and the MG’s. That’s the greatest band of all time!
zach: I would really like to open for NoFx. Even though we’d probably get boo’d off the stage, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a good mosh pit.