Jay Allen Sanford 1 p.m., March 21
Jimmy Diez: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Neil MacPherson: Keyboards | Bill Coomes: Drums, Vocals | Earl Schreyer: Bass guitar | Mike Spurgat: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals
Sound description: Mellow acoustics with a bluegrass feel.
RIYL: The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Widespread Panic, the Band, Crosby, Stills, and Nash
- MySpace page · July 24, 2007
- Hometown CD Review: Wear Yourself Worn · Dec. 9, 2004
Inception: San Diego, 2001
Influences: John Scofield, Jerry Garcia, Mark Knopfler, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Government Mule, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Willie Nelson
Three-part vocal harmonies from Jim Diez, Mike Spurgat, and Bill Coomes provide the foundation of Deadline Friday. Their first album, Wear Yourself Worn, released in 2004.
The band released Days Gone -- produced by Jeff Berkley -- on March 22, 2007. The release party at the Belly Up Tavern featured cameo performances by Marc Ford (formerly of the Black Crowes and Ben Harper) and the Innocent Criminals, Cathryn Beeks, Barbara Nesbitt, Jeff Berkley, and John McBride.
Mike Spurgat, guitarist/vocalist: "I grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri, where I started playing classical guitar at the age of nine." Spurgat moved to LA to study music at USC, where he met bandmate Jimmy Diez. The two of them graduated and moved to San Diego to form Deadline Friday.
Jimmy Diez, guitarist/vocalist, was born in San Diego and grew up in Holtville. Bill Coomes, drummer/vocalist, was born in San Diego. His father was a professional drummer and his mother a professional singer. Earl Schreyer, bassist, grew upin Washington, D.C., picking up the bass at age 11.
According to the May 2009 issue of local music 'zine FYI, Deadline Friday is making an impact in Germany. One of their songs, “Part Of We” was included on a compilation from distributor Just for Kicks. The band is getting good reviews, though they can’t read them. “Most of the reviews have been in German so we're not sure exactly what they say, but all the important words are in English. For example, ‘Hard Rock’, ‘Play Loud,’ ‘Pink Floyd,’ ‘Heavy Rocker,’ so I'm assuming they're complimentary. We're pretty excited with the interest in Germany, although we've never traveled outside San Diego.”
Singer/guitarist Mike Spurgat moved to Nashville in early 2011.