Read: Dennis McNally's Interview with Denise Parent
Skull & Roses Wall of News, 1/22
Denise Parent has been singing for as long as she can remember and started playing drums at the age of sixteen on Long Island. She fell in love with the Grateful Dead when she was 18 years old and started going to as many shows as she could.
Denise spent her early twenties learning from the Dead and Long Island favorites, the Zen Tricksters.
After moving to New Paltz, NY to finish college, Denise joined The Deadbeats as their drummer and vocalist . The Deadbeats are a long standing Grateful Dead tribute band in the Capital Region. Helping to expand their repertoire beyond Dead, she has been singing songs by Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Grace Slick, taking the shows to a new level.
Denise has played approximately 3500 shows, honoring the music of the Grateful Dead. She has played with Buddy Cage, Vassar Clements, Garth Hudson, and has been the opening act for inspiring artists like NRPS, and the David Nelson Band.
When she’s not playing with the Deadbeats, she can be found singing and playing drums and guitar with an assortment of players in the Woodstock area. After many years of dreaming up the all-female Dead band, she has now helped put together the pieces of Brown Eyed Women.
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile......