Kevin Siebel’s ‘Deluxe 12’ plays a free concert in Seminole Heights this weekend

Sunday School for Sinners at Indie.

click to enlarge Kevin Siebel, whose band Kevin Earle and the Deluxe 12 plays Independent Bay & Cafe in Tampa, Florida on July 25, 2021. - KevinEarleSiebel/Facebook
Kevin Siebel, whose band Kevin Earle and the Deluxe 12 plays Independent Bay & Cafe in Tampa, Florida on July 25, 2021.

Kevin Siebel fronts a new Americana indie-post-punk act, Kevin Earle and the Deluxe 12, where he’s backed by drummer Keith Jones, Steve Menendez on bass and mandolin plus guitarist Jonathan Clark.

The act is new to us but Siebel has been playing music most of his life. He moved away from the religious leanings of his early stuff when he formed Eumenides in the early aughts. After playing out for four years—including supporting the Decemberists—Eumenides called it quits. 

While life happened, Siebel took a hiatus from music until he got invited to take part in an open jam with the way-too-short-lived interactive art project Music Box: Tampa Bay. “Gradually lyrics started popping in my head and I started to pick up guitar again,” Siebel said in an email with CL. After his mom died and his dad’s health deteriorated, Siebel used music as therapy.

An anxiety-ridden gig playing bass at a Replacements tribute show led Siebel to start hitting open mics to practice getting comfortable playing live again. “It was mostly stand up comedians, which was perfect because they didn’t give a shit what I sounded like and I may have given the opposite of comic relief,” Seibel said.

Kevin Earle and the Deluxe 12 did one show before the pandemic hit, but Seibel kept practicing and doing virtual open mics. 

The “singer-songwriter focused” outfit is now comfortable playing out, and hopes to bring it’s music—a range of noisey indie rock to “quiet heartfelt acoustic folk”—on tour one day. Until then, Siebel’s lyrics about “daily observations and personal reflections on grief, loss, and accepting middle age” will entertain Tampa Bay. All while reminding you, it’s never too late to start over.

Kevin Earle and the Deluxe 12 w/Marc Garnacias. Sunday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. Free. Independent Bar and Cafe,

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Stephanie Powers

Freelance contributor Stephanie Powers started her media career as an Editorial Assistant long ago when the Tampa Bay Times was still called the St. Petersburg Times. After stints in Chicago and Los Angeles, where she studied improvisation at Second City Hollywood, she came back to Tampa and stayed put.She soon...
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