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.” In the years of playing their brand of Americana Roots music at festivals and bars up and down the Gulf Coast, Mike Dean and his band have had the privilege to support acts such as Robert Earl Keen, Billy Joe Shaver, Pat Green, Cody Canada, The Bellamy Brothers, and Sammy Kershaw, among others.
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 have been regulars in the Acadiana music scene for over 10 years. Upon the completion of the “Woods” album Dean spent time in Nashville writing and performing before returning home to his roots to record the band’s fourth 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.”
Fans often compare Dean’s shows to a celebration rather than just another concert. 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.”
2016 included the release of their new album “Live in Louisiana,” featuring the single Cool Weather. The band is currently touring in support of their latest project. Be on the lookout for a Mike Dean show near you.