Deal’s Gone Bad

October, 1957
Sam Cooke releases his first secular single, the soul ballad “You Send Me.” It debuts at number one in the US charts.

Summer, 1964
The hottest summer in recent Jamaican history causes the traditional roots music, ska, to slow down to the pulsing dance rhythms of rocksteady.

June, 1967
Otis Redding plays Monterey Pop Festival to the biggest audience of his career, ensuring “crossover” success.

April, 1973
Bob Marley and the Wailers release “Catch a Fire,” their first full-length, and the beginning of massive international stardom for Marley.

Where do these two strands of influence find voice today? In the unique hybrid of Jamaican Soul, as brought to you by Chicago’s own Deal’s Gone Bad.  Now in their 14th year, Deal’s Gone Bad is touring extensively with its strongest and most consistent line-up in its history.  With elements of ska, rocksteady, reggae, and American soul, DGB is sure to please on the dancefloor as well as on their
fourth release to date, “The Ramblers” on Megalith and Jump Up! Records (March, 2007). Although the band draws its influences from classic Jamaican (Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe) and American (Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, The Temptations) artists, the sound is a uniquely modern combination, unlike anything else on the scene today. Deal’s Gone Bad will appeal to fans of both soul and Jamaican music, as well as anyone looking for a turn on the floor or a song in their hearts. While “The Ramblers” is a testament to the strength of the songwriting, as well as the close-your-eyes-and-its-Otis voice of Todd Hembrook (his first record with the group), it is in live performance where the boys truly shine. Deal’s Gone Bad shows are a combination of soul rave-up and
island dance party, with the force and energy of any punk band worth their salt. Lace up your dancing shoes and slip into your sharpest suit or pencil skirt, Deal’s Gone Bad is coming to your
town so get ready