One of the Deplorables’ members can’t express enough how much he loves the band.
Greg Clutts grew up around music being played on the radio, and many of his father’s best friends were musicians. This made music a normal part of life for him.
In 1993, he joined the Jackson Junction, until 2000 when he and a couple other guys put together a trio called The Last Resort. The name was later changed to Crenshaw Crossing. Clutts retired from the band in 2006.
In 2016, some of his dad’s friends asked him to play with Steve Earl and Dan Seals, and that got him out of retirement. He joined forces with Dave Clark, who was the lead singer until he had to leave–leaving Clutts as the lead singer of the Deplorables.
Clutts said he always wanted to sing in a band, and now he has the opportunity. The group plays Classic Rock–but they specialize in playing songs that everyone may know but not expect to hear played live.
The band consists of Joe Norris, Marion, on bass and vocals. Norris has played with musicians such as Billy Joel Royal.
Clutts said many of the musicians in the band have a lot of experience and talent, which makes the band so great.
Eric Westray, West Frankfort, is on drums and vocals. He has played with Gary Jones, Crenshaw Crossing, Cache River Band and Billy Joel Royal.
Kevin Breeden, Vienna, is on keyboard and background vocals. He has also played with Cache River Band, Plain Strange and Billy Joel Reed.
Steve Jones, West Frankfort, is on guitars and vocals. He has played with Cache River Band and Gary Jones.
Clutts said the band doesn’t play country typically, mostly because they have all played it before. They strive to stand out, playing anything from Queen to Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty and many more.
The band is working on some original songs, which have not been released yet. A couple titles include Invisible Man, which is about desiring a woman whom one seems invisible to. Another is called I am Who I am, which Clutts wrote and he said it’s basically about being yourself and not caring what anyone else thinks.
Clutts said the band members each have a strong respect for each other’s ability. He said sometimes he will be on stage, and start smiling because of one band member’s impressive performance.
The band will play at the Isle Casino in Cape Girardeau, Mo. this May, but mostly plays–like most local bands–at clubs and wineries.
The band members all have day jobs, so the band is something they commit to outside other careers.
“We do it because it makes us feel good,” said Clutts.
He adds that if it didn’t make him feel good, he wouldn’t be doing it.
Clutts said, when he looks back, there was never a defining moment when he decided to become a musician. It was something that was always a part of him. When he dies, one thing people will remember is that he was a musician–and music was always a part of who he was.