Winter Blues: Deacon Earl

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Deacon Earl, also know as Swervin' Ervin, was born and raised in Lansing, MI. The son of a preacher who grew up with gospel music in the home, he ventured into the blues in his twenties. Since then he has been playing Mississippi-influenced blues with roots in gospel around the Lansing, MI area. He plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, banjo, lap steel, harmonica, keys, and more. His main influences are Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, and Deacon Arnold.