Louisiana native Mike Dean's songs continue to give us a glimpse into the places and people around him. Longtime bass player and friend Buck Verret puts it this way: "Nothing fancy, no gimmicks. Just words and music from a man who has been there and done that. When we have a show to do we plug in and get to work." His original songs have become trademarks, bringing a host of fans locally and across the globe. Live shows feature mostly Dean's works, with the occasional influential cover. When discussing influences, he says "It's a deep well. It feels like I've done a million shows by myself. Some of these bars (playing) four hours it's just me and the acoustic guitar, and it feels like one long song. When you strip a song down to it's bones, down to the chords and the lyrics, it's easy to see how they all come from the same place. Don't matter if it's a Springsteen or a Waylon song, Tom Petty or George Jones, or one of mine, three chords and the truth is as far as you can fall." Dean and his band (Buck Verret on bass, Travis Domingue on drums, Ken Veron and Brian Marshall on electric guitars, and Jason Valdetero on piano) have been regulars in the Acadiana music scene for over 10 years. 2012 marked the release of their 4th studio album, Middle Ground. Dean's smoky vocals and distinctive phrasing are the common thread that Louisiana locals have come to expect from his projects. Fellow Lafayette troubadour Dege Legg once described Dean and the gang as "George Jones meets Crazy Horse."
Their energetic live shows fuse honky tonk with rock n roll, reminiscent of a roadhouse existence. When asked about what's next, he again mentions a well known New Jersey songwriter: "I'm doing it, man. Like the song (Badlands) says 'Talk about a dream, try to make it real. Don't waste your time waiting.' I live with highs and lows, but this is what I do. And I'm not waiting for anyone to tell me I can or I can't."
A Greatest Hits compilation and Live album are on the horizon for late 2014.