Tony Deziel began playing the guitar at age fifteen, and within two and a half years was teaching professionally in a local music store. Inspired at an early age by the Beatles, Tony practiced hour upon hour, learning and absorbing all that he could, studying both the guitar playing and songwriting of his favorite artists. After four years of teaching in a music store, Tony began teaching privately, and currently maintains a roster of at least 30 students.
Through the Registry of Guitar Teachers in Canada, Tony is currently one of ten guitar teachers in the United States certified to offer the London College of Music Exams in guitar and music theory.
Tony began playing the club circuit in CT at the age of eighteen, and with his second band Sundance, released the CD entitled “Pearls Of Wisdom” in 1996. With its release Tony received many notable reviews for his guitar playing and songwriting from various magazines including Guitar Player, Guitar World, Relix, and Songwriter’s Monthly. Along with many radio and television appearances, Sundance was also featured in a documentary entitled “Behind the scenes with Sundance” which aired on many cable networks throughout the state and around the country. Songs from “Pearls of Wisdom” were also featured on many of the most prominent Connecticut rock radio stations including WPLR. The disc has recently been reissued and is currently available through cdbaby.com, iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody and Amazon.com.
During a trip to Orlando in 1991, Tony met former .38 Special guitarist/songwriter Jeff Carlisi and the two have remained great friends ever since. To this day, Carlisi is often the first person to hear a newly completed Tony Deziel song.
In 1995, during a brief guitar playing stint in Nashville, Tony was able to work with good friend Jason Elledge on the Blackfoot compilation CD entitled “Rattlesnake Rock n’ Roll” for Rhino Records.
In 2004, using his band, Tony recorded and produced folk artist Bob Johnson’s debut CD entitled “Fast Train To Nowhere” which garnered many notable reviews throughout New England. Included on this disc is the cult classic “Mexican Border (Goodbye My Seniorita).”
During a most recent trip to Atlanta, Tony had the privilege to play with longtime friend and former .38 Special guitarist Jeff Carlisi, former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King, drummer Liberty DeVito formerly of Billy Joel’s band, and vocalist/saxophonist Mark Rivera of Billy Joel, Foreigner and Ringo Starr fame.
In July 2005, chosen by Garageband.com as one of their top twelve favorite artists, Tony was featured on 178 Clear Channel Rock Radio stations across the United States, and in August of 2006 Gargeband.com honored him again by placing him on over 600 Clear Channel Radio Stations.
Most recently and currently in the works are two new studio albums; the first, entitled “Some Things Never Change” was released in April 2013. Five videos for the CD, "Calistoga," "I'm Tore Down," “Substitute,” “S.W.L.A.B.R.,” and “Tattoo’d Lady” have been completed along with videos for the TD blues rocking instrumental “Jilly Bean,” and the Rory Gallagher classic “Bought and Sold.” All of which can currently be seen on YouTube. Contained on the “Some Things” is Tony’s cover of The Beatles “Got To Get You Into My Life” which garnered him the number one spot on Paris France Radio for eleven out of thirteen weeks from August through October of 2005.
The second CD, a full-length album entitled “Deziel” will be available in the Spring of 2014 and contains the crowd favorites “Jilly Bean,” and the Allmanesque “Shades of Blue.” Also included is the killer new blues-rock track “Why Is Love Killing Me,” along with covers of the Rory Gallagher classics “Bought and Sold” and “Wheels Within Wheels.” The album will contain 14 tracks in all and proves to be tour de force of blues-rock guitardom.
Look for Tony to be hitting the road in 2014 in support of the new recordings with his new band: “Deziel.”