“Lonnie Dee, well there’s no doubt he can sing!” (Ray Benson, Asleep at the Wheel)-- a common gesture made by many a musical colleague when referring to Lonnie’s soulful, yet demanding, vocal presence. Lonnie has shared the stage with artists such as, Sawyer Brown, Jake Owen, Jason Boland, Asleep at the Wheel, Dale Watson, Randy Rogers, Cody Canada, The Trisha's, Gloriana and many more. (see below) Born Lonnie Dee Gines, May 13th 1980, in a small town in Idaho, Lonnie, along with his three siblings and their mother, soon made the ever influential move to the Southern Portion of Wyoming-- the Cowboy State! This is where Lonnie Dee would submerge himself in a lifestyle full of country music, country living, and a down home sense of country hospitality. Growing up, Lonnie would find himself fulfilling his competitive need to win through Rodeo, Sports, and Hunting. Music for Lonnie fulfilled a different kind of need; one that was held dormant through much of his childhood years.
As a boy, Lonnie would find himself singing along to every song on the radio. Much like many young girls and boys his age, he began trying to mimic the voices he heard coming from the speakers in his Mother’s old Lincoln Town Car. Though a career in music was far from his mind at that time, Lonnie Dee sure liked the way those old country songs made him feel. On any given day you could find Lonnie headed to the park to shoot hoops with his buddies, or out riding horses in the open sagebrush behind his folks’ small home in Rock Springs. One thing Lonnie was never without was his prized tape deck and headphones blasting his favorite Joe Diffie and George Strait tunes.
As high school graduation came and the opportunity to attend college on an athletic scholarship loomed in the near future, Lonnie put his hopes of pursuing any type of music career on hold. It was only after he graduated college with his Bachelor of Science Degree from Black Hills State University that he took a chance on music. Lonnie Dee knew he wanted to write great songs and perform, but unfortunately he didn’t play any musical instruments. He made his mind up, he was going to teach himself to play the flat top guitar and write songs. After entering and winning several local and regional talent shows around Wyoming, South Dakota, and Utah. Lonnie received his first break in the music business in the form of a weekend house gig at a casino in Deadwood, South Dakota. Over the next year, Lonnie would cut his teeth playing solo gigs in the Casinos and grooming his on-stage act. As fate would have it Lonnie received his second break when he met some fine people from Fort Worth, Texas, who convinced him to relocate his act to Cowtown with the assurance of recording a Demo in some form or another. The Reception in Texas was overwhelming! Lonnie began displaying his talents in local bars, BBQ joints, and street venues all over the Ft Worth area. After winning even more local singer/songwriter competitions Lonnie was approached by Mr. Ben Shrake , a friend and now manager who happen to be affiliated with an established Record Label in Austin, and expressed their need take this to the next level.
Lonnie Dee entered Bismeaux Studios in Austin soon after, and began working on his Debut EP, “Keep It Country”. The EP was, “co-produced by Ray Benson (ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL) and his son, Sam Seifert.” Lonnie Dee is currently gigging full time and continuing to master his trade in Songwriting and Performing. He can be followed online through Facebook and at his web page www.LonnieDee.com.