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The Band of Desperate Men perform at Sautee
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The Band of Desperate Men — Britt Dean, Doug Oster and Clay Spurz — will perform their blend of pure and simple harmony Oct. 13 at the Sautee Nacoochee Center.

The group sings in many styles mostly from the American roots rainbow of music: country, old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass, folk, pop, doo-wop and blues. They also venture outside the American stylebook, with a ballad in Spanish and an a cappella doo-wop song in Chinese.

The show begins at 8 p.m. in the Sautee Nacoochee Center Theatre. A live recording will be available soon after the performance.

Tickets are $22, $16 for SNCA members. For more information and tickets, call 706-878-3300 or visit

Dean and Spurz were in The Desperate Men of the Atlanta club scene circa 1978, when they played at legendary venues like Rosa’s Cantina, the Big Dipper (where Buddy Miller sat in on guitar and Bruce Springsteen pounded on the table at 2 a.m.), the Downtown Café and the Great Southeast Music Hall.

Dean and Oster met when Atlanta area musician Jim Tolles invited them, along with alto voice Allison Adams, to form the Magic Truck Quartet in 2004. When Tolles moved home to Maine in 2005, Spurz joined to form the new vocal quartet Old Enough to Know Better.

The current group spun off from Old Enough to Know Better in 2006 and have been singing together ever since at many area venues including Eddie’s Attic, Java Monkey, Decatur Library Music Series, City of Decatur Blue Sky Concert Series and the Graveyard Tavern. They have been the house band at the Downwind Restaurant and Lounge in Atlanta, where they have been playing twice a month since 2007.