Asheville NC’s DIRTY DEAD are literally on fire. With high-energy, modern interpretations of the classic Grateful Dead/JGB catalog, DIRTY DEAD are calling the music higher and further than in a long time! With an eclectic mix of players from various styles of music — as the Grateful Dead were –something new, fresh and exciting is happening. Psychedelia, reggae, funk and hip-hop in a Grateful Dead song? OK, got to see this!
THE SOUND grew out of guitarist / flautist PAUL DRUM DECIRCE’s feeling the urge for the Dead sound to evolve further — further than trying to imitate or even emulate the great bands accomplishments. GRATEFUL DEAD played at the foot of the pyramids and JERRY GARCIA rocked for thirty years … no need to try and copy that.
INSTEAD, the band simply lead their individual styles to a mash up…and the result quite simply is … DIRTY!
FUN, HI-ENERGY interpretations are the result and since their first gig in September of ’16, DD fans have been supporting and pushing this unique sound.
DIRTY DEAD was formed by PAUL DRUM DECIRCE, a well known flautist/guitarist/drummer in the WNC music scene since 2000. Originally from Syracuse NY, Paul has been called “the pied piper of Asheville” (Mountain Xpress), and was the founding member of PEACE JONES.
He has worked extensively with THE SCREAMING J’S, JARVIS JENKINS BAND, PIED PISCES with Jack Mascari, PAUL I TOSH & THE REGGAE REBELS, DIRTY DAWG and many others. Paul sings lead and plays a wide variety of instruments, including flute, drumset, guitar, harmonica and others.
GARRETT ANDREWS from Charlotte NC plays guitar. On the guitar and mandolin beside him is JOHN HUMPHRIES, a great country-rock Ween influenced whiz kid from Woodfin NC. On keyboards is BRYAN SOLLEVELD, from Nashville TN’s music scene. On bass is JLAD’s ERIC SWANSON from New Jersey. JUSTIN HETER, actor and Wilmington NC surfing superstar plays drums.
COME GET DIRTY with us at our next show! Meet the band, hear samples, shop merch and more at www.dirtydeadband.com (website is down from in February 2021 for redesigning).