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Dee Deprator

Dee Deprator
About "Aunt" Dee Deprator

Dee Deprator, originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, where she lived through her high school years, has been a Cleveland resident for about 20 years now. Dee is an incredibly talented acoustic and electric guitar player, and can also play virtually any stringed instrument, with the exception of violin. She is also an accomplished performer, writer, and recording artist, and a fixture, prior to COVID, on the Cleveland Open Mic scene. Dee also currently plays bass and guitar with Meg and the Magnetosphere, a popular Cleveland-based alternative rock band.

Dee entered the Handsome orbit in the early 2000's when she was drafted to play guitar on a number of cuts from "Mohawk Combover," the career-capping album by Handsome artists
The Backdoor Men. The lads in BDM had a clutch of songs to record, but some pretty shaky instrumental ability after a layoff of more than 20 years. Then known as Derek, now fully and happily out as a transgendered woman, She came to an early session for the record. The boys needed a guitar solo. Dee grabbed a guitar, locked in, and in minutes blew the minds of everyone in the room. Dee subsequently added many more parts and became an integral part of the record, which sold out and became a desired collector item in America, Europe, and even Japan.

It turned out that Dee had more in common with The Backdoor Men than originally suspected. She was in the throes of a youthful obsession with the late Peter Laughner, who happened to be friends with several members of the band during his short and turbulent life. Dee was quite the scholar on all things Peter, and several more of Peter's former sidemen, including Don Harvey and Michael Hronek, eventually found their way onto several of the BDM album tracks.

Dee and Handsome Productions

At the time, Handsome proprieter Paul Nickels oversaw a small cottage industry of finding, preparing and disseminating all of the Laughner music he could get his hands on to the small but eager worldwide audience that to this day remains fans. (Handsome is out of that business now; if you are interested in acquiring Peter's music, you want to go to Smog Veil Records.) Naturally, Dee became a part of this, blending the collections, and eventually took the whole business over from Nickels, who had grown tired of packing envelopes with Laughner CDs and shipping them around the world. Dee of course eventually became tired of this as well (trust us), and turned over her collection to the good folks at Smog Veil, who have done a wonderful issue of the best of this material. Probably wouldn't have happened without Dee.

This wasn't the end of the relationship between Dee and Handsome. Dee eventually recorded two albums at Handsome Studio with Nickels on the dials, and also had a third album recorded elsewhere mixed by Nickels. He has also contributed to the records of other Handsome artists, including the Old Brown Shoe Revue and the Backdoor Men's later recordings.

Dee's Music

In musical terms, there is one adjective that immediately pops into mind around Dee: ECLECTIC. Dee can freaking play anything. She's done glam (Tellers, Cobra Verde), heavy metal (Breaker, including one of their great annual gigs in Germany), and everything in between. She is also a living catalog of songs from the Rock Era, from prog to pop to alternative. But at heart, Dee is a blues person. In recent years, she's returned to her blues roots.

Dee is currently working on a new record. It will be her first as Dee. In the meantime, if you want yourself a dose of Dee, check out her weekly Facebook broadcast, The Aunt Dee Show.  Dee is kicking ass and taking names. Click here to visit Dee's Facebook page. Dee is currently working to archive all the shows, which have proven to be the perfect outlet for this extraordinary talent, and are winning her an entirely new fan base, which she richly deserves.

The Aunt Dee Show
Dee's Video

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