Bass player Dean Galatas spent many hours on his uncle’s houseboat while growing up in his home town of Slidell, La. Musicians came and went in a steady stream of jam sessions, duck hunting get-togethers, and parties. He came up surrounded by Louisiana music in a place where Louisiana music originated, what we call the bayou. As a teenager his family moved to New Orleans where Dean took in the music of New Orleans’ greats such as The Funky Meters, Dr. John, and Emile Guess.
He shared a guitar with his twin brother for years until one day a friend came by looking to raise some cash. He had some music equipment he was selling cheap and Dean acquired his first bass guitar. New Orleans bassist Jerry Pekinto showed him a few licks and Dean never looked back. His curiosity has led him to explore many styles including Bluegrass, Cajun, Jazz, and Rhythm and Blues. He has a knack for finding the right groove with any drummer, but achieves that and more with Big Al and the Heavyweights. He said it himself, “I’m a pocket player.”
His resume includes the hard touring national act from Tennessee, Shiloh, whom he played with for several years. His reputation around New Orleans has led him to perform with The Spartyme Band(which included his twin brother Dale Galatas), Emile Guess, Mary Barras, Bayou Langnaippe, Band of Brothers, Abstract Revue, Don Duet, the Jay B. Elston Band, and blues master Brian Lee. Dean pays homage to his mentor Gatemouth Brown, with whom he shared many a stage, as well as a lasting friendship.
Dean Galatas and Big Al Lauro have been playing together for many years now as the rhythm section for Big Al and the Heavyweights. It is a hard hitting, rock solid foundation of funk that you can feel.