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Kelley Jeannine Deal (born June 10, 1961) is an American musician. She has been lead guitarist and co-vocalist of The Breeders since 1992, and has formed her own side-projects with bands such as R. Ring and The Kelley Deal 6000. She is the identical twin sister of The Breeders lead singer Kim Deal.

Kelley Deal
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Performing with the Kelley Deal 6000
Background information
Birth nameKelley Jeannine Deal
Born (1961-06-10) June 10, 1961 (age 58)
OriginDayton, Ohio, United States
GenresAlternative rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, violin, drums
Years active1992–present
Labels4AD, Nice
Associated actsThe Breeders, The Kelley Deal 6000, The Last Hard Men, R. Ring


Early lifeEdit

Kelley Deal was born in Dayton, Ohio, United States, 11 minutes before her twin sister Kim Deal. The Deal twins grew up in Huber Heights, a suburb of Dayton, Ohio. The sisters first played together in their late teens, Kim playing guitar and both sisters singing Hank Williams songs in biker bars.[1] They both had an opportunity to join the Pixies in the mid-'80s, with Kim on bass and Kelley on drums; Kim followed through while Kelley opted to move to California. While Kim made her mark as an indie rock musician, Kelley worked in computer programming.

Musical careerEdit

In 1989, Kim Deal and Tanya Donelly (lead guitarist of Throwing Muses) formed the first incarnation of The Breeders. Kim invited Kelley to join the band for their debut album, Pod, but Kelley could not get time off from work.

The BreedersEdit

In 1992, Kelley joined the band as third guitarist, even though she did not really know how to play. The Safari EP was the first recording on which she appeared.[2] Guitarist Tanya Donelly left to form Belly a little after the release of Safari. Kim suggested Kelley should be the band's new drummer. After Kelley insisted on lead guitar, Kim gave her a crash course on all the songs in the band's set. Kelley picked up quickly and learned all the lead parts on Pod and the new parts on the album they were about to record, Last Splash. A new drummer from Dayton, Jim MacPherson, joined them. After Last Splash was released in 1993, the band toured, opening for Nirvana, and also got a slot on the Lollapalooza tour in 1994.

Other projectsEdit

After Last Splash, Kelley started The Kelley Deal 6000.[3][4] The band released two albums on Eel's Nice Records label, Go To The Sugar Altar in 1996 and Boom! Boom! Boom! in 1997, and went on hiatus when The Breeders were reunited.

Kelley also joined The Last Hard Men with Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs.[5][6] She played bass for them and they recorded an eponymous album in 1997, which was released in a limited edition on Eel's own label, Nice Records, and in 2001 on Spitfire Records.

She teamed back up with her sister in the late 1990s and began recording new demos for the Breeders. With a new line up, they released Title TK in 2002. Title TK features three songs recorded in 1999, where the Deal sisters played all the instruments. In April 2008, The Breeders released Mountain Battles. All Nerve followed in 2018.

She has been knitting in recent years.[7] She specializes in knitted handbags, which she sells on her website, and appeared on the DIY Network knitting show Knitty Gritty, and in 2008 released a book of her knitting handbag patterns,[8] Bags That Rock: Knitting on the Road with Kelley Deal. One of her patterns is included in the DIY Network's book Knitty Gritty Knits: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects'.[9]

She co-wrote and played guitar on Magnetophone's "Kel's Vintage Thought". She has also performed duets with Kris Kristofferson and Supersuckers, and has also played in the band R. Ring.[10]

Legal problemsEdit

In 1994, Kelley was arrested for heroin possession; she had been using since she was a teenager.[11] She went through drug rehabilitation throughout the following year.[11] A February 2018 feature article in the New York Times stated that Kelley was then in her eighth year of sobriety.[12]


The BreedersEdit

The Kelley Deal 6000Edit

The Last Hard MenEdit

R. RingEdit

  • "Fallout & Fire" b/w "SEE" (2012)
  • The Rise EP (2013)
  • Ignite The Rest (2017)


  • Deal, Kelley (2008). Bags That Rock: Knitting on the Road with Kelley Deal. Sterling. ISBN 978-1-60059-158-7.


  1. ^ Frank, Josh; Ganz, Caryn (2006). Fool the world: the oral history of a band called Pixies. Macmillan. pp. 7–8. ISBN 978-0-312-34007-0.
  2. ^ Wice, Nathaniel (April 1992). "The Breeders: A Band of One's Own for Kim Deal". SPIN. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  3. ^ Raha, Maria (2005). Cinderella's big score: women of the punk and indie underground. Seal. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-58005-116-3.
  4. ^ Carew, Anthony (April 18, 2008). "The deal makers". The Age. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Flick, Larry (November 13, 1999). "Bach's Ready to 'Bring 'em Back Alive' on Spitfire Set". Billboard. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Hanson, Amy (2004). Smashing Pumpkins: Tales of a Scorched Earth. Helter Skelter. p. 123. ISBN 978-1-900924-68-9.
  7. ^ Saidman, Sorelle (January 30, 2001). "Breeders Booked For Los Angeles Charity Show". MTV. Retrieved April 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Harper, Kate (March 13, 2008). "The Breeders' Kelley Deal To Put Out Knitting Book". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on December 18, 2011. Retrieved April 13, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Howell, Vickie (2007). Knitty Gritty Knits: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects. Sterling. pp. 30–33. ISBN 978-1-57990-916-1.
  10. ^ "R.Ring". Rringband. Retrieved October 31, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Costa, Maddy (May 9, 2002). "The Addict Family". The Guardian.
  12. ^ Ryzik, Melena (February 22, 2018). "How the Breeders Finally Learned to Get Along". New York Times. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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