Friday, June 2, 2017

Mick Overman and the Maniacs

Kris Deelane

White Eagle Saloon & Hotel - White Eagle Saloon

9 p.m.

$7 in advance, $7 day of show

21 and over

About Mick Overman and the Maniacs

Mick Overman and the Maniacs

Mick Overman is a west coast legend. He's a poet and master musician. His music is best described as ''Bluesy Folk & Roll with Jazz Attitude'' and his guitar playing and singing as ''Berklee College of Caveman''. He has long been regarded as one of the west coast's hardest working (as many as 379 performances in one year) and prolific artists. He's an ''Iron Man Of The Road''.

Mick was born the son of a rocket scientist in Ohio and followed the aerospace boom to California at age two. His earliest musical influences were listening to Tchaikovsky's ''1812 Overture'' and Chet Atkins as well as the Kingston Trio and Cannonball Adderly. His first published work was an early 60's Haiku entitled ''Fireflies'' in the Fullerton Daily News Tribune.

Overman abandoned guitar lessons in fourth grade for little league baseball after learning ''These Boots Are Made For Walkin''' and began studying drums at age 13. Overman resumed study of the guitar around age 14 and became interested in songwriting. He became the youngest city commissioner in his hometown at age 17 when he was appointed by the Fullerton City Council to serve as youth delegate to the Human Relations Commission.

After completing high school in 3 years to get a head start on dropping out of college Mick studied music privately with his friend Marty Headman who had graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music on the Dean's list with a degree in composing and arranging. Overman and Headman together with John Seth Sherman formed the bands ''Crosscurrent'' in Ashland Oregon and ''Caledonia'' in Missoula Montana and returned to California in 1981 to form the first version of ''Mick Overman & the Maniacs''.

Overman moved to Santa Cruz County in the Spring of 1986 with Jeanie Golino who was pregnant with their daughter Corina who was born in September of 1986. They settled in La Selva Beach (south Santa Cruz County) CA in early 1987.

Mick lived in a yellow house with a white fence ''between the ghetto and the farm'' near Freedom CA (this was the location of ''The Cave'') from 1990 until 2004. He formed Max Records and released ''Empty City'' in 1994 and ''Lucky.'' in 1996 and the all acoustic ''Mileage'' in 1998.

After performing and touring nonstop for 12 years Overman chose to detach from the business end of the music business at the dawn of the 21st Century for his artistic and spiritual and physical health. One of the many positive results of this sabbatical was the writing and recording of his 4th cd ''Authentic'' which was released in early 2002 and received considerable national radio airplay. He also studied and trained at the Berkeley Psychic Institute in Berkeley CA during this period.

Mick moved to Portland OR in early 2004. Overman wrote the songs he contributed to his 5th cd ''Mick Overman & The Maniacs - Good Thing Happen'' in 2004 and 2005. Much of this work was done in ''The New Cave'' which is located in the basement of his Portland OR home.

''Good Thing Happen'' was produced and recorded and mixed with the help of his band ''Mick Overman & The Maniacs'' and Cookie Marenco at her OTR Studios in Belmont CA in late 2005 and early 2006 and was released nationally in February of 2007.

Mick's new all acoustic and 6th release "Mister Double Happiness" (also produced by Cookie Marenco at OTR) is here. Radio and press copies are available upon request.


About Kris Deelane

Kris Deelane

" ... the exceptionally fine and diverse vocals of Kris Deelane." -- Abilene Reporter-News Weekend, Abilene, Texas

Raised in suburban Los Angeles during the punk rock era, Deelane's influences were diverse - from The Beatles and Neil Young to The Pretenders, X, and The Plasmatics (Wendy O. Williams was a favorite). The sense of righteous defiance coupled with a tragic flair resonated in her, and continues to inform her music, art and style.

Deelane started her music career in college as keyboardist and singer in an Andrew Sisters-meets-B52s group called Alice, I Wonder. In 1990, she toured the Soviet Union singing in a production of Fiddler on the Roof. When she got back to LA, she got behind the drums for the first time in the band Slaughterhouse 5, and played bass in the ska band Timeboy.

Deelane went on to sharpen her songwriting and guitar skills on many tours with the nationally-acclaimed acoustic rock duo Adam & Kris. She took a break from the duo in 2000 to play guitar and percussion on tour with a reggae group that included the legendary Fully Fullwood, Rock Deadrick and Jawge Hughes.

In SweetJuice, Deelane alternated between guitar, drums and bass, while her vocal qualities earned her guest recording spots with nationally acclaimed groups the Decemberists and Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons.

More recently, Deelane has been putting her energy and vocal talents into developing her solo career. She's now in the process of playing lots of music, writing new material, and putting together the Kris Deelane Band. Be on the lookout for a performance of the KDB at a venue near you, because the girl can't help it that she likes to rock.