The Breeders’ Kelley Deal wins the Q Gibson Les Paul Award 2017

The Breeders’ Kelley Deal was honoured earlier in October with the iconic Q Gibson Les Paul Award at
this year’s Q Awards (held on October 18 at The Roundhouse, London).

Singer, songwriter & guitarist Deal is the latest in a distinguished line of guitar players to receive
the award which celebrates innovative playing, including last year’s winner, U2’s The Edge,
alongside previous recipients Tony Iommi, Johnny Marr, Peter Green, Billy Gibbons and Richard

Speaking about being honoured with the Les Paul award, Kelley says; “Let me tell you a story:  It’s
1992, N.Y.C. The Breeders are playing CBGB’s in support of our Safari EP. The Breeders take the
stage, and there is a woman screaming something over and over and over. She is so loud and
relentless that you can hear her before every song, after every song and even during the
songs. This goes on the entire night. And this is what she is yelling: … “PLAY THE LES PAUL.”

Talking of the importance of Les Paul throughout her long career with The Breeders, Deal recalls;
“I first heard the name Les Paul from my dad. My dad is a big music fan. His favourite is Ray
Charles, but he also loves the “guitar picking” of folks like Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Chet Atkins
and, of course, Les Paul. I have such a strong memory of the joy with which all those guys
played. There wasn’t a “rock hardness.” They played with a spiritual abandon and a camaraderie
between musicians. That’s what impresses me most about Les Paul.”

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