(SINGER-SONGWRITER GUITARIST - AMERICAN ROOTS - CIRCUS SWING & SPANISH STYLE GUITAR)
Originally from New York, accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Johanesen has made his home in many parts of the US including, Indiana, Nevada, Georgia and now residing in Florida.
After being in bands for many years with rotating members and differentiating musical influences, Johanesen decided to pursue a solo career. In 2013 Dean released his first solo record A Time and A Place, a collection of songs that fit more of a personal storyteller type influence. In 2014 the solo release was accepted by Pandora for Dean's own radio station which can be heard here - Dean on Pandora.
A recent passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Johanesen on a musical path with a focus on new stories of old times. Non fictional characters from the '20s and '30s, circus performers, the side show, Prohibition, the war of currents all placed in a backdrop of gypsy swing. Dean is currently in studio working on this record due out some time in 2015. Creative Loafing - Tampa - Feature Article
In 2014 Dean perfromed 275 dates including festival perfomances at SXSW in Autsin-TX, The Decatur Arts Fetsival in Decatur-GA, Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg-TN, MS Songwriters Festival in Ocean Springs-MS. More festival dates and a consistent touring and perfroming scheule are in the works for 2015 along with the release of Johanesen's new record and 2 live CD's being recorded in January of 2015. Stay tuned...
30 A Songwriters Festival - Jan 2016 * Broken String Fling - Feb 2016 * NotSXSW Festival - March 2016 * Tropical Heatwave - April 2016 * Orange Blossom Jamboree - May 2016
Touring - 2014 * MARCH (SXSW) 2014 - SW tour N.FL, San Antonio-TX, Austin-TX, Houston-TX, * MAY 2014 - Booking small run for Decatur Arts Festival in Decatur GA. * AUGUST 2014 - Tour in support of Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival * SEPTEMBER 2014 - Tour in Support of the MS Songwriters Festival
Touring - 2015 * JANUARY SE 2015 - N. FL, Savanah-GA, Wilmington-NC, Pittsboro-NC, Awendaw-SC, Mt. Pleasant-SC, Chrleston-SC, Roswell-GA * MARCH TOUR 2015 - SXSW - Panama City-FL, Gainesville-FL, Ocean Springs-MS, San Antonio-TX, Austin-TX, Houston-TX, Dallas-TX, Beaumont-TX, Shreeveport-LA, Lake Charles-LA* AUGUST 2015 SMSWF TOUR (in the works) * SEPTEMBER 2015 MSSWF TOUR (in the works) *
Dean uses awesome picks by Steve Clayton