The Deeds have a soulful roots-rock recipe

Call him Dan Deeds, Dan Scram or Dan Scramstad his given name because it is how this Winnipeg singer/songwriter approaches music — as a blend. Nothing is a constant with the Deeds now due to release a third collection of songs.

Scram is the front man for the Deeds whom will perform Aug. 25 at 9:15 p.m. on the Whoop & Hollar Folk Fest main stage. The Winnipeg band shows influences ranging from rock, pop, reggae and jazz. When the deed is done right and it is blended well — you get soulful melodies and funky bass lines to make the Deeds a unique blend of styles.

“You have to see it,” Scram says from Winnipeg. “You have to hear it.”

Scram writes the songs and the band delivers their fullness, the blend of different that is the Deeds.

“You’ll hear a lot of riffing going on as we play off of each other. We’re a bunch that wants to have fun with what we’re doing.”

While his band has gone through a few personnel changes and stylistic approaches over the years, he feels he’s finally found the soulful roots-rock sound he’s been looking for. With multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Rusu (Ron Paley Big Band, Calvin Volrath), lead guitar player Pierre Freynet (The Lenny Chet Breau Band), drummer Brennan Saul (Brasstronaut), keyboardist Nate Jacobucci and veteran bassist Jordan Gentle on his team, the band chemistry is tangible and Scram’s musical ideas really come to soulful roots-rock life.

The Whoop & Hollar Folk Fest opens at noon and continues past midnight with a public jam session. Tickets are available at Hills downtown, Blessings Collection and online at

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