2014 Shows

Singer-songwriter from Louisiana. Always chasing the next song and next gig. Trying to keep my gratitude higher than my expectations.

26th- the District- Lafayette, La.- w/ Troy Richard, Drew Landry, Carol Fran and more to benefit the Crouch Foundation. www.crouchfoundation.org

2- New Silver Slipper-Arnaudville, La .- 6:30 (reservations recommended)

7- House concert - Welsh, La
21- Heymann Performing Arts Center- Lafayette, La. w/ Sammy Kershaw- 2 shows- 3pm and 7:30pm
28- House Concert - Baton Rouge, La.
7- benefit
28- Erath Fire Dept. Benefit- QSA park- Erath, La. - 5pm

For Informatin on booking Mike for your House Concert please contact: mikedeanla@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


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.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Don't think twice, it's alright

       Yesterday I heard Waylon Jennings' version of a Bob Dylan song, "Don't think twice, it's alright".     Singing my songs, one of his now and then.  Thanks, Waylon.  That's all there is to it.  Sometimes I get disappointed when I look out at a crowd that doesn't know my songs, and they just seem bored.  It happens.  These are always your mainstream country crowds, usually if I'm opening for a country star or playing a "country" bar (which play rap music before and after my set, but that's a whole nother story).  What disappoints me is that if I had tighter clothes on, maybe a black plastic cowboy hat , a big screen behind me showing a video, maybe some smoke, maybe some flames, they might get a little more into my song.  I feel sorry for them.  Words and music.  That's all I care about when I go out there.  Not my vocal ability, not stage presence.  Here is my song, I hope it does something for ya.  It doesn't disappoint me long, because more times than not I find the right audience.  I just see too many elements of 80's hair bands and professional wrestling in mainstream country music.  I'm not knocking it.  That's a horse that has been beaten into the mud.  I'm just thankful there are still many lovers of the song out there. They give singer-songwriters an opportunity to present words and music.  Living room concerts, private parties, listening rooms, and music festivals are put on by the people for love of the song.  Thank you for those opportunities.  I read a cool interview with Dave Grohl recently and he talks about how young musicians today think the contest shows like American Idol are the way into the music world, and how sad that is.  Although those things may present great opportunities for some, they are not and should never be considered the way to have a music career.  Dave says just get your instrument, get with your friends and their instruments, go into the garage, and suck!

Amen, brother Dave.