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About The Real Deal Blues Band
The Real Deal Blues Band offers “electric” blues music which not only appeals to groups of all ages but also pays respect to the traditional blues styles like Jump, Swing, Jazz , Boogie and Contemporary.
This band has delighted patrons of fine dining establishments, blues and night clubs, and wedding and party guests.
The Real Deal Blues Band can fill your music needs! To hear a few licks of the Real sound, click the real audio icon to the left.
TIM RULSEH – Lead & Rhythm Guitar
“Guitar Tim” Rulseh hails from the Fox Valley, and has been prominent on the Wisconsin music scene for over 30 years.He is well known for cuttin’ leads for the popular , classic, 5 piece rock band Zackory.
in 2000, Tim joined R.J. & The Real Deal, then featuring harmonica extraordinaire, “Goodtime” R. J. Henslin on the harp and vocals. In 2001 Henslin was back on the road to New Orleans. This gave Rulseh the opportunity to really expand on the blues in the now 4-piece The Real Deal Blues Band. If it’s the sweet, jazzy chords of the West Coast Sound of Jump & Swing Blues, or HOT smokin’ leads gettin’ “down & dirty, Rulseh’s playing is always heartfelt, straight from the soul, tasteful, but never self indulgent. This guitar man really gets his mojo working!!!
DIANE RULSEH – Piano, Organ, Lead Vocals
Diane, (Tim’s longtime wife & partner in music), plays keyboard and sings. As pretty as she is talented, her vocal harmonies and range give The Real Deal added dimension. Diane’s keyboard skills add the perfect element to the band’s rich, full, sound. And no one can deny the “spice” she brings to The Real Deal’s rythmn and lead sections.
JEFF “Pooh Bear” MALLMANN – Bass/Lead Vocals
A former drummer for the rock band Tornado Warning, “Pooh Bear” switched from drums to bass in the late ’80’s. It was about that time he fell in love with the Blues. Jeff says, “The more I listened, the more compelled I was to explore the Blues. I found the music timeless. Blues, to me, tells a story. It’s an earthy music with feeling and emotion; something most people can relate to. It’ll always be relevant”.
Mallmann went on to play bass in The Lucky Punks, and Little Mike & The Movers, playing the music of Elmore James, Buddy Guy, and Howlin’ Wolf. A family man, he also deals the Blues with The Real Deal Blues Band.
PAUL LEVENDOWSKI – Drums
Paul, a veteran Wisconsin drummer, sets the groove and beat for The Real Deal Blues Band. He’s been playing the kit since his grade school days. Although he’ll tell you he prefers his Ludwig Super-Classic set, he sometimes brings out his GMS, or vintage Slingerland, or even the vintage Gretsch kit he purchased 34 years ago. Paul also owns and operates ANIWIM
Recording Studio of Fond du Lac, WI., a full service recording facility since 1990.
Recently Paul also finds time to serve his constituents through his position on the Fond du Lac County Board. Drumming the Blues for The Real Deal, being a watchdog politician and a devoted family man keeps Paul on the move for sure. Step up to the stage and shake hands with a drummer that really cares!
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