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(SINGER-SONGWRITER GUITARIST - AMERICANA - GYPSY JAZZ - CIRCUS SWING)
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 relocating to Florida following a stint of living and performing in Atlanta, Johanesen fronted The Human Condition, a well-regarded acoustic-based rock group that touched on elements of country, Americana, and singer-songwriter influences. The group's final line up incorporated elements musically that had the band taking part in "jamband" based festivals combining Johanesen's songwriting instincts with elements of the band's improvisational strengths.
In 2013, Johanesen released his first solo record with intentions of getting back to the importance of the storyteller songwriting format while 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.
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 * Florida State Fair - 2009 * Suwanee Songwriter Competition Finals - 2006 & 2008 * Orange Blossom Jamboree - 2012 & 2013 * Sarasota Folk Festival - 2012 * St. Petersburg Folk Festival - 2013 (scheduled for 2014) * Mississippi Songwriter Festival - 2013 (applied for 2014) * Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival - 2013 (scheduled for 2014) * Groovefest WMNF 88.5FM - 2013 * Back 40 Music Festival - 2013 * Bayfest - 2011, 2012, 2013 * Friday Fest - 2009
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 - Possible tour in conjunction with MS Songwriter Festival
Regional tours being planned for 2014 - August, September, November
</span><em>Custom Imprinted Guitar Picks by Clayton, Inc.</em><span>
Dean uses awesome picks by Steve Clayton
Artists I am inspired by:
Lyle Lovett, John Lennon, Ryan Adams, The Civil Wars, Ray Lamontagne, Thelonius Monk, Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, David Gray, Glen Hansard, The Old 97's, Fugazi, Radiohead, The Talking Heads, The Beastie Boys, Gaucho, David Byrne, Tommy Emmanuel, etc.