DEEP POCKET THIEVES
The Deep Pocket Thieves are on a roll. In early 2020, the band had a #1 single on the What’s-in-Store/All Access Currents chart, and recently emerged victorious in Colorado’s Mile High Blues Society competition.
“Deep Pocket Thieves meld Southern blues, jazz, and funk with the vocal bombast of Gospel and classic rock” - (U.K. Journalist Tom Brumpton). This group of veteran musicians from the Colorado music scene began writing and collaborating in 2015 in search of a new sound based on their musical roots and their wide variety of influences. The current line-up includes Larea Edwards on vocals and violin, Jimmy Ayers on piano, Hammond, dobro, and slide guitar, while DPT's rhythm section of Mahlon Hawk on bass and Seth Bennett on drums provide a solid foundation. Special guest Taylor Marvin is also featured on slide guitar.
“What was I thinking’… a great song for our current times. I hope it is picked up by the masses! I like the energy and I like the song!”
Santana Collaborator/Music Advocate Ty Moss
According to songwriter Jimmy Ayers, “The band’s name and the vision for the Deep Pocket Thieves was inspired by a musical goal that the groove, (the ‘Deep Pocket’), along with the melody and vocals are the most important aspects of a song. That is what we try to focus on when writing. As far as the ‘Thieves’ part of the name… we have always identified with the rebel/pirate side of art.”
The Deep Pocket Thieves’ previous work has been played across dozens of stations in the UK and the USA. Their extensive experience includes Jimmy’s work with Allman Brothers drummer/producer Butch Trucks and award-winning sound producer Kurt Kinzel for Billy Ryan And Black Irish. Larea Edwards has performed as a vocalist for the alt/hip hop group, The Flobots, live or In the studio with David Foster, One Republic, Nathaniel Ratliff on the "Palmer" soundtrack starring Justin Timberlake, and she still sings with her Gospel ensemble Spirit of Grace. Emmy-Award winning bassist Mahlon Hawk has worked with Hall of Fame drummer Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan), Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers), Elliot Easton (The Cars), The Drifters, Al Wilson and more. Hired gun/drummer Seth Bennett plays everything from blues, jazz, funk, and ragtime, to metal, rock, punk, ska, swing, reggae, disco/trance, breakbeat, drum & bass, and more. DPT were recently honored to represent Colorado as finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Collectively or individually, Deep Pocket Thieves have shared the stage with top acts including; B.B. King, One Republic, The Neville Brothers, John Mayall, Leon Russell, Yoyo Ma, David Foster, Blondie, Bon Jovi, Robben Ford, Canned Heat, Trampled Under Foot, and more.
After escaping the 2020 lockdown, the band hunkered down and began writing again. Eventually, the song, “What Was I Thinking” emerged as a fan favorite. When asked about the inspiration for “What Was I Thinking,” vocalist Larea Edwards explains, “I had a close friend who let me down in a big way. As I started to complain, I asked myself why I expected a different result. Why did I trust them in the first place? Then I couldn’t get the melody out of my head. It’s really a homage to personal growth. The song says to evaluate and elevate your decisions, but don’t take yourself too seriously.”
The Deep Pocket Thieves recently released their new video for “What Was I Thinking,” and will be releasing a new full-length album in 2023.
CONTACT: Monica Brown (970) 383-2451
Jimmy Ayers: Hammond, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Larea Edwards: Vocals, Violin, Songwriter
Mahlon Hawk: Bass, Percussion
Seth Bennett: Drums, Percussion
Kirby Velarde: Electric and Spanish Guitars
Taylor Marvin: Electric and Cigar box Guitars
Sammy Mayfield: Electric Guitar
Chrissy Grant: Backing Vocals
Thank you Colorado Blues Society
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DEEP POCKET THIEVES
Congrats to the Deep Pocket Thieves for winning the MHBS IBC competition at Ziggies last Sunday. Once again Colorado will have a strong presence in Memphis where the DPT will be representing the MHBS.