John and Pete Neuman are brothers in their early twenties from New Richmond, Wisconsin. Pete first picked up a guitar when he was about 8 or 9 years old and received his first electric in 7th grade. John, two years younger, got his first drum kit in 5th grade and has kept the beat ever since. Pete also would goof around with the harmonica from time to time.
After self-teaching, lessons and jam sessions, they formed the blues-influenced rock band, Pete Neuman and the Real Deal. The Neuman brothers borrowed it from a Stevie Ray quote. “It took me quite a while to realize that the real deal is to be able to be enough of a person on your own to know when somebody loves you and cares about you,” said Vaughan. “We thought it was cool and the name stuck,” Pete recalls.
From their beginnings as just a two-piece show, several bass players performed with them including James Holland, Matt Hagen and Justin Wirth. The brothers’ influences include: Rory Gallagher, Son Seals, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Tab Benoit, Chris Duarte and even Bob Marley.
Pete says, “Luther Allison might have said it best, ‘Leave your ego, play the music, love the people.’” If you like your music with a blues backbone - sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride. No phoney baloney gimmicks here, just genuine and honest music from the Real Deal.