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A writers' a man who writes a lot. A singer's a man who sings. When people are filled with the Holy Spirit they often speak in tongues. FireDean always wrote and sang, but didn't do either publicly till he was 27. That was the year he began speaking in tongues. By then he had been living in Berwick, Louisiana and working on an oil rig in The Gulf of Mexico for 5 years. After joining the local Pentecostal Church he was outed to the choir director and began singing gospel classics like "Gimme That Olde Time Religion" from the back pew . Like a prodigal son he left Louisiana and The Assemblies of God however, to front a rock band in Washington, DC. "Big Black Nun" rapidly gained a following, playing to packed houses before getting the attention of Warren Bruleigh (The Violent Femmes) and signing management, production, and publishing deals.
Six years and 13 imploding drummers later BBN disbanded, leaving FireDean with a choice: lose everything he loved, or learn to play guitar. He chose both. Two new releases as a solo artist followed, along with tours of the US and England and a Pg 1 feature profile in The Washington Post . Today he lives in UpState, NY where he is introducing a cadre of botanically inspired songs backed by a new band 'The Brooklyn Garden Club'. While technically 'a 3 piece', live, bandmates Jason Broome and Daniel Weintraub endow the set with moog, lap steel, mandolin, glockenspeil, accordian, acoustic bass, lead acoustic guitar, floor tom, cajon, recorded beats, backing vocals, and triangle. Live FireDean often defends the cultivars he's loved and dismisses the ones he hasn't, and occasionally, he speaks in tongues.