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Rick Dempsey and the Deanna Bogart Band have teamed up to make a new Christmas CD, “Home Run Holiday.”
Rick Dempsey is the former Baltimore Orioles catcher and 1983 World Series MVP, and Deanna Bogart is a multi-talented saxophone and piano player. Her band has performed at Maryland dances and concerts for years. I don’t know if Mr. Dempsey shares Ms. Bogart’s musical talent, but the catcher and the band leader are both flamboyant Maryland personalities.
Home Run Holiday features three Dempsey-Bogart duets, new arrangements, and Christmas classics. The CD was released on Halloween and is available from VistaRecords for $20. and $9 shipping. You can hear music from the CD at the VistaRecords site. (Correction: The price is $20 and shipping is included in the U.S. and Canada. The $9 shipping fee is for overseas orders only. Maryland On My Mind regrets the error.)
A CD release party, featuring Rick Dempsey’s world premier performance with the Deanna Bogart Band, is scheduled for Nov. 15 at Serafino’s Italian Restaurant in Ellicott City. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at VistaRecords.
Deanna Bogart’s music is a fusion of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country music, and jazz, according to the Deanna Bogart Band Web site. Maybe Bogart and Dempsey will create a new Maryland musical genre. “Baseball Blues” could become a regional phenomenon. If you can dance to the beat, we’ll call it “Home Run Swing.”
I’m not making any of this up. Maryland On My Mind is committed to bringing you important Maryland cultural news that you just can’t find in the MSM or on other Maryland blogs. Stay tuned for our next post, which will have news on a new book by a Maryland author about the Chesapeake Bay. — John Hayden