Kelley Deal

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Kelley Deal
Kelly Deal 6000 Oklahoma City.jpg
Performing with the Kelley Deal 6000, in 2004
Background information
Birth name Kelley Deal
Born (1961-06-10) June 10, 1961 (age 56)
Origin Dayton, Ohio, United States
Genres Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass, guitar, violin
Years active 1992–present
Labels 4AD, Nice
Associated acts The Breeders, The Kelley Deal 6000, The Last Hard Men, R. Ring

Kelley Deal (born June 10, 1961) is an American musician. She is the lead guitarist of The Breeders and also has a solo career. She is the identical twin sister of Kim Deal.

Early life[edit]

Kelley Deal was born in Dayton, Ohio, United States, 11 minutes before her sister. The Deal twins grew up in Huber Heights, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. The sisters first played together in their late teens, Kim playing guitar and both sisters singing Hank Williams songs in biker bars.[1] They both had an opportunity to join the Pixies in the mid-'80s, with Kim on bass and Kelley on drums; Kim followed through while Kelley opted to move to California. While Kim made her mark as an indie musician, Kelley worked in computer programming.

Musical career[edit]

In 1989, Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly (lead guitarist of Throwing Muses) formed the next incarnation of The Breeders. Kelley was asked to play on the band's debut, Pod, but could not get time off from work.

The Breeders[edit]

In 1992, Kelley Deal joined the band as third guitarist, even though she did not really know how to play. The Safari EP was the first recording on which she appeared.[2] Guitarist Tanya Donelly left to form Belly a little after the release of Safari. Kim suggested Kelley should be the band's new drummer. After Kelley insisted on lead guitar, Kim gave her a crash course on all the songs in the band's set. Kelley picked up quickly and learned all the lead parts on Pod and the new parts on the album they were about to record, Last Splash. A new drummer from Dayton, Jim MacPherson, joined them. After Last Splash was released in 1993, the band toured, opening for Nirvana, and also got a slot on the Lollapalooza tour in 1994.

Other Projects[edit]

Kim and Kelley Deal playing "Drivin' on 9," Zappa club, Tel Aviv, August 22, 2008

After Last Splash, Kelley started The Kelley Deal 6000.[3][4] The band released two albums on Deal's Nice Records label, Go To The Sugar Altar in 1996 and Boom! Boom! Boom! in 1997, and went on hiatus when The Breeders were reunited.

Kelley also joined the The Last Hard Men with Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs.[5][6] She played bass for them and they recorded an eponymous album in 1997, which was released in a limited edition on Deal's own label, Nice Records, and in 2001 on Spitfire Records.

She teamed back up with her sister in the late 1990s and began recording new demos for the Breeders. With a new line up, they released Title TK in 2002. Title TK features three songs recorded in 1999, where the Deal sisters played all the instruments. In April 2008, The Breeders released Mountain Battles.

She has been knitting in recent years.[7] She specializes in knitted handbags, which she sells on her website, and appeared on the DIY Network knitting show Knitty Gritty, and in 2008 released a book of her knitting handbag patterns,[8] Bags That Rock: Knitting on the Road with Kelley Deal. One of her patterns is included in the DIY Network's book Knitty Gritty Knits: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects'.[9]

She co-wrote and played guitar on Magnetophone's "Kel's Vintage Thought". She has also performed duets with Kris Kristofferson and Supersuckers, and lately has been playing in the band R. Ring.[10]

Legal problems[edit]

In 1994, Kelley was arrested for heroin possession; she had been using since she was a teenager.[11] She went through drug rehabilitation throughout the following year, and has been in/out of drug use since mainly staying clean but occasionally using again.[11]


The Breeders[edit]

The Kelley Deal 6000[edit]

The Last Hard Men[edit]

R. Ring[edit]

  • "Fallout & Fire" b/w "SEE" (2012)
  • The Rise EP (2013)



  1. ^ Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn (2006). Fool the world: the oral history of a band called Pixies. Macmillan. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-312-34007-0. 
  2. ^ Wice, Nathaniel (April 1992). "The Breeders: A Band of One's Own for Kim Deal". SPIN. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Raha, Maria (2005). Cinderella's big score: women of the punk and indie underground. Seal. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-58005-116-3. 
  4. ^ Carew, Anthony (18 April 2008). "The deal makers". The Age. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Flick, Larry (13 November 1999). "Bach's Ready to 'Bring 'em Back Alive' on Spitfire Set". Billboard. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Hanson, Amy (2004). Smashing Pumpkins: Tales of a Scorched Earth. Helter Skelter. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-900924-68-9. 
  7. ^ Saidman, Sorelle (30 January 2001). "Breeders Booked For Los Angeles Charity Show". MTV. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  8. ^ Harper, Kate (13 March 2008). "The Breeders' Kelley Deal To Put Out Knitting Book". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on 18 December 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  9. ^ Howell, Vickie (2007). Knitty Gritty Knits: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects. Sterling. pp. 30–33. ISBN 978-1-57990-916-1. 
  10. ^ "R.Ring". Rringband. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Costa, Maddy. "The Addict Family" The Guardian. 9 May 2002.

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