photo - Michael G. Stewart
Come On In * I Can’t Go Home Like This *
"It came when I was nine years old..."
That defining moment led to a life in music for Bryan Deere. Starting with guitar in high school but quickly changing to mandolin, the young Bryan Deere forged his musical chops playing with a who's who of Baltimore / DC bluegrass luminaries: Dean Stoneman, Roni Stoneman, Buzz Busby, Don Stover, Al Jones and Frank Necessary and Charlie Thompson, just to name a few. Today Bryan Deere serves as guitarist and vocalist for The Patuxent Partners, the result of a musical partnership forged with kindred spirit Tom Mindte.
"Tom was a big influence on me, very important in my musical
development. I met Tom in the early 80s at a bluegrass festival, and I
realized he liked the same type of music I did, like Buzz and Scotty and all
that kind of stuff, and I tell you what, I couldn't believe anyone else knew
about that kind of stuff, and when I found out he like that kind of stuff too,
But Bryan grew up being influenced by much more than bluegrass, his father's Link Wray albums opened the door to the world of rockabilly, and later classic country and honky-tonk. A love that lay dormant for several years until a fortuitous discovery led to the album.
"Jerry Steinberg. This is the top of it, this is how this started. There's a
record we did at Tom's shop in ‘85 or something, that we recorded. And I
didn't know, I was singing some song, and Tom's playing bass, and this is
Fortunately for the rest of us, he was. The result is Too Hot To Handle. With such all-stars as Chick Hall, Jr. on electric guitar, Tommy Auldridge on steel and Nate Leath on fiddle, and supported by the well heeled rhythm section of Brennan Earnst on acoustic guitar, Chris Hall on bass and Anders Eliasson on drums, Bryan takes you deep into the roots of honky- tonk, played and sung by people who know how to do it right. Lending his well-textured voice, reminiscent of a time when country music was still played in smoky bars over the sound of ice clinking against glass, to such classics as "Pick Me Up on Your Way Down," "There Stands the Glass," and "Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young," Bryan Deere and company have documented an account of honkytonk that is both new and familiar, remaining true to the style while allowing room for their own individuality. The result is a sterling example of country music when it was still country.