LARRY DEAL has been playing music since he was a small boy in China Grove, NC when he was caught sneaking his older brother's guitar and teaching himself to play. Larry is also a builder of upscale small eco homes. His company is New Earth Shelters. He's also co-owner of Jack's Mountain Preserve, a small home community & rural wedding venue in beautiful McDowell County. Best of all, he's the father of Grayson and Lacey Deal, and he loves his family.
GRAYSON DEAL grew up listening to his parents' singing and playing bluegrass music.
A handsome and polite southern gentleman, Grayson owns Arbor Zen,
a hardwood flooring company in Black Mountain, NC. A few years ago he
hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. Both lead singer
and standup bass player, Grayson and his dad are best friends. Grayson is
also the proud dad of a baby boy with his wife Meg.
BILLY PRESNELL is a multi-talented musician born and raised in Marion, NC. His parents played classical music for him when he was a baby, and Billy began playing and performing on his own at the age of six.
PENN DAMERON, a native of McDowell County, graduated from UNC Chapel Hill Law School and learned to play banjo while studying for the bar exam. He has played in many bands over the years from rock and roll to blue grass. Known as Uncle Penn by the Deal family, he has been a family friend and musical comrade for almost forty years.
Musical family and friends of The Big Deal Band
CAROLYN DEAL, also known as Mama Deal, was raised in Black Mountain, NC. According to her mother, she could sing before she could talk and she is no doubt a natural born performer with a powerful voice. Grayson's mom, she was lead singer in the bluegrass band Second Wind with her then husband Larry Deal and their friend Penn Dameron. They continue to share their love of family and music, and she performs with the band whenever she can.
MELISSA RAINES is a close friend and frequent vocalist with the band. A crowd favorite, Melissa sings with the band whenever she can.