Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, Joseph Deeb is a long-time Austinite and former lead guitarist/songwriter for Micky and the Motorcars (MMC). Lured by Austin’s nurturing music scene, this Americana/roots-rock & roller soon joined local bands and duos (Doc and the Remedy, Floor 19, Blind Luck), pushing his amp and Telecaster from club to club up and down 6th Street, playing styles ranging from blues, top-40, to alternative country. He was also a hired-gun around Central Texas playing for bands such as Reckless Kelly, frequently lending his Mike Campbell-influenced slide and lead guitar style. Soon after producing his first solo album Little Baby, Joseph joined MMC after being introduced by their older brothers from Reckless Kelly. MMC toured the US opening for artists including Willie Nelson and Cross Canadian Ragweed, and regularly played the annual MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, CO. Songs Joseph recorded with MMC have been in the TV show The Good Wife, as well as songs he’s written included in the movie Soda Springs (Tom Skerritt).
After five years and two albums with MMC, Joseph decided to be home more with his family, went back to school, and later assembled a small home studio where he produced his new EP Eating Crow Vol. 1, released in July 2020, distributed by Texas’ Smith Music Group. The first single, “When the Compromise is Great”, has a haunting Tom Petty/Wallflowers-vibe, with acoustic guitars, hip electric piano, wah guitars, electric slide, all supported by a dark mid-tempo low-end driven groove, and topped with lush harmonies by his lovely and talented wife, Mollie, and has been featured by Sun Radio’s Kevin Connor on his can’t-miss Saturday morning shows. Some of Joseph’s influences include Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Allman Bros., and Leonard Cohen. He’s had songs recorded by Texas-based Americana artists Casey Berry, Dean Seltzer, and Buster Jiggs, as well as co-producing two of Buster Jiggs’ albums. He also penned MMC’s “Careless” which was a Texas Country Music Chart top-10 song of the year, and MMC’s “Lost and Found” which received recognition in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
In addition to playing and recording solo, Joseph also plays guitar/sings locally with his friends in the Austin VooDudes (John Cantu/vocals, Dan Frezek/drums & vocals, Chris Olson/bass & vocals, Mark Viator/guitar & vocals).