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Dean Johanesen

DEAN JOHANESEN

(SINGER-SONGWRITER GUITARIST - AMERICAN ROOTS - CIRCUS SWING & SPANISH STYLE GUITAR)

www.deanjohanesen.com - www.reverbnation.com/deanjohanesen

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.

Johanesen's mother delivered motor homes when he was young and the family traveled around listening to many different artists and kinds of music. Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel, classic country to musical soundtracks provided the soundtrack to his youth and his diversity of influences had an effect on Johanesen's interests musically as well as giving him a feel for the road. 

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...

Opened For * Robbie Krieger (The Doors / Jam Kitchen) * Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Mason Jennings
Donovan Frankenreiter, Howard Jones, Martha Wainwright, Peter Mulvey, John Waite, Kevn Kinney (Drivin' & Cryin"), Steve Forbert

Festivals * Multiple unofficial showcases at SXSW - 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 * Florida State Fair - 2009 * Suwanee Songwriter Competition Finals - 2006 & 2008 * Orange Blossom Jamboree - 2012, 2013 & 2016 * Sarasota Folk Festival - 2012 * St. Petersburg Folk Festival - 2013 & 2014 * Mississippi Songwriter Festival - 2013, 2014 & 2015 (asked back for 2016) * Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival - 2013, 2014 & 2015 * Groovefest WMNF 88.5FM - 2013 * Back 40 Music Festival - 2013 * Bayfest - 2011, 2012, 2013 * Friday Fest - 2009 * Little Manatee River Jam - WMNF 88.5 FM * Gasparilla Music Festival - 2015 * Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival - 2015 (asked back fro 2016) *

FESTIVALS 2016

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 - 2013 * MARCH (SXSW) - SW tour through N. FL, LA & TX * APRIL - SE tour through N. FL, NC, SC, TN & GA * JUNE - SE tour through N.FL, GA & AL * SEPTEMBER - SE tour through N. FL, MS, LA, GA, NC, SC &TN * NOVEMBER - SW - Tallahassee, FL, Beaumont, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Panama City, FL & Gainesville, FL

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) *

</span><em>Custom Imprinted Guitar Picks by Clayton, Inc.</em><span>

Dean uses awesome picks by Steve Clayton