Teddy Deans has backed many counterculture icons of our times, starting with his first band. Boston's Quill, who played at Woodstock. He had a band with Martin Mull, raised havoc with Jeffrey Frederick and the Clamtones, did a stint with the Holy Modal Rounders that began in 1971 and still won’t quit. He’s performed with Bonnie Raitt, Michael Hurley, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, the Coasters, even had a couple of guest appearances with the Allman Brothers. Recently he record with the Dandy Warhols.
Deane wrote musical theater with LA’s Lehman Engel Group, which workshopped Little Shop of Horrors, Chorus Line, Raisin and other classics. He was musical director of Portland, OR’s Storefront Theater for 15 years, writing and producing 2 full-length musicals and 3 versions of the vaudeville hit, Babes on Burnside. Teddy also wrote the theme music and was bandleader for TV’s Portland Tonight. For two decaes he led his own band, Swingline Cubs, producing three CDs with them. He performed music of the 1920s and 30s with Steve Boden, as Jass Two, also the name of their CD.
In 2000, Teddy moved to San Juan Island, WA and crated the Play-Rite Boys with guitarist Jonathan Piff, releasing the 1st album, Doggone Good Time in 2006. He and internationally recognized explorer/activist/musician, Jim Knollman performed original works at the World Wilderness Conference in Anchorage, AK. Teddy also comes down to the “mainland” from time to time to play with the Freak Mountain Ramblers and Swingline Cubs.