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Dean Johanesen / Press

"Dean is simultaneously a throwback to an era of gypsy jazz and circuses while pointing the way to what will always be timely: a renaissance man who can play, can sing and communicate with each person that he adds to his ever-growing fan base. With touches of Santana, of Django, of Paul Simon or even Leon Redbone or Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dean's music cuts through the noise of everyday life. Go see him!"

Steve Huntington - Sirius/XM Radio Margaritaville

“Bradenton-based Dean Johanesen has worked the Tampa Bay scene so hard and for so long that we consider him one of our own. He’s taken a surprising turn in the few years since he dissolved The Human Condition to go the solo singer-songwriter route. “I’d been at it for almost 10 years with different people coming and going,” Johanesen said in a recent interview. “After the last lineup started falling apart, I thought I’d pursue the solo thing, which would give me more options to change direction musically, tour a lot more and try something different.” He’s spiced up his repertoire of acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues. In addition to original material, his sets are studded with perfectly executed covers of songs like Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing”...”

"Dean is Sarasota's "old soul", he takes the bouncy swing style of Vaudeville and Americana music, and makes it his own. He takes these two old school styles, and puts his own twist on them to bring them into the modern era. No matter how many times you've seen Dean, you'll never see the same show twice. He takes those jazz roots and puts them to use in his set, improving, and layering his music. You'd never know without seeing him perform, that there is only one guy up there. Check him out at a show near you!"

“Dean Johanesen is truly a remarkable artist in his ability, professionalism and dedication. His unique sound is unmistakable and his show is polished, but casual, with each song revealing more depth to his talent than the next. I knew of Dean and his music, mostly from area festivals and from songs I wore the needle through on Reverbnation…crystal clear, technically amazing and written from the heart. I was a fan before conducting this interview and chances are you’ll want to be one after you read it…”

“Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Dean Johanesen has remade himself from folk-rocker to gypsy jazzbo, taking his cue from Django Reinhardt, perhaps by way of Sean Penn’s character in “Sweet and Lowdown.” Regardless of the new music’s content and inspiration – Johanesen cites characters from the 1920s and ’30s, circus performers and Prohibition – he’s a nice fit for what’s being advertised as a “cabaret experience” at L-Bar, an upscale, classic cocktail lounge tucked away from the rest of Libby’s Café + Bar.”

"Although his day job is leading preschool music lessons at six schools in Manatee and Sarasota counties, Johanesen also regularly performs on Siesta Key. For the past three years, though, weekends find him playing shows he books to coincide with songwriter and music festivals throughout the southeastern United States."

“Dean Johansen Jan 5 @ Ted’s Fun on the River Americana meets Gypsy Jazz from this singer-musician. Originally from New York, Johansen saw a lot of the country growing up (his family used to deliver motor homes) and that part of his life influenced a desire to tell stories through song. His musical is strong on melody and warmth, with a song output that brings to life a tapestry of gypsies, circus queens, historic figures, and bootleggers. Details: 7-9 p.m., Monday, 2 Castle Street, Downtown Wilmington”

““Dean is quite good. He’s very talented and everybody loved him when he played here last year. He does such a different style of gypsy jazz and his stories are surreal.””

“St. Petersburg-based Dean Johansen returns for a second SSS performance. Fans of Velvet Caravan and story-driven songwriting will enjoy his narrative gypsy jazz style as he brings the tales of the prohibition era to life (appropriate in the environment--Johnny Harris allegedly was a secret drive-thru package store when the nation was dry).”

“St. Petesburg-Fla.-based Dean Johanesen wowed the SSS audience his first showcase in June 2103 with his story-telling, gypsy jazz style of music littered with the most unusual characters. Dean Johanesen Dean Johanesen At that time, he was touring behind his first solo CD, “A Time and A Place.” Since then, he performed throughout the Southeast and as far west as Austin’s SXSW. Appearances have also included the Mississippi Songwriter Festival and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter. A current passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put Dean on a musical path that focuses on new stories of old times. Real characters from the ’20s and ’30s, circus performers, the sideshow and Prohibition, all placed in a backdrop of gypsy swing.”

“Johanesen says he’s inspired by music’s ability to tell stories, and he uses songwriting to keep the stories and cultures of people he finds most interesting alive and in people’s minds. His songs weave tales of gypsies, bootleggers, Vaudeville stars, circus queens and other historic figures with an early ’20s jazz guitar sensibility. “I think history in general is attractive to me,” he says. “There are so many great stories in the fabric of history that we totally look over. I like to hear real stories of older times and bring those things to light. There’s so much interesting history that’s been buried, and there’s no way to pay tribute to those people. So it’s interesting to me to dig and find little gems and write songs about them to keep them in the public eye — or in the public ear.””

“Attending one of Dean Johanesen’s performances for the first time, a spectator might hear a selection of acoustic ballads. Or just as easily, more of a blues-country twang–or perhaps even some funky, upbeat arpeggios of what’s known as “Gypsy Jazz.” Regardless, the more one hears of the singer songwriter’s work, the only quality which proves consistent is his zeal for performing, along with his aversion to all that is musically mundane. Since going solo a few years ago, the New York native, currently residing in Sarasota, Fl, has blossomed into a regional star, playing an average of 3-5 shows a week, throughout the state of Florida and the greater Southeast. When Johanesen is not performing, he runs a music instructional program for preschoolers. His dream has always been to be a full-time, touring musician—a goal now on the cusps of being completely realized.”

“Dean Johanesen is workhorse. There's rarely a week that doesn't have his name on the live music itinerary, and when he's not playing locally, the Lakewood Ranch-based singer-songwriter is usually on the road spreading his cheerful, warm brand of easy-listening folk to any part of the country who'll have him. Johanesen played New World's Acoustic BBQ series in late January, but the smorgasbord of smoked chicken and sausage should make it easy to convince yourself to see him again. (New World Brewery, Ybor City) —RR”

“I was not looking for anything in particular, just a nice place to lounge and enjoy myself and celebrate with friends when this musician got on the stage, strummed his guitar and started singing the most gorgeous songs I had ever heard. All of it was original compositions and the way he sang the words made you sway and want to listen to what he was singing. His manner of holding his guitar, his suede vest, suspenders, and mysterious hat is what kept you watching. This night, I discovered one of my favorite local musicians, Dean Johanesen. Dean’s sound is unique in the soft murmur of words mixed with a tune bearing a jazz/country twang. I wouldn’t consider it country, however. Almost bluesy in some parts, then folkish in the next. The sound kept you guessing. It was an original. And that’s what made me fall in love with Dean’s sound.”

“Kick off the weekend early with a dose of vintage-tinted live music, courtesy of Dean Johanesen. The New York native singer-songwriter has gained popularity in the Sarasota music scene over the years with his mix of folk, Americana and gypsy jazz, ala Django Reinhardt, with which he channels the spirit of the 1920s and 1930s to tell stories of circus performers and prohibition.”

“The musicians will perform on a stage on loan from the Florida Folk Festival ... One of those performers will be Bradenton singer-songwriter and 2013 tbt* Ultimate Local Artist Dean Johanesen. The musician has played several outdoor festivals including Orange Blossom Jamboree, Suwannee and Little Manatee River Jam.”

“His songwriting approach is holistic support of the story and its characters, beginning with his simply spun lyrics layered with vibrantly personified instrumentation. In his warm tenor, he sings the story of the “Angel of Mount Shavano” against the thrumming backbeat of her tribe’s drums, as her prayers for rain echo through the canyons in sweet, imploring guitar strains. He tips his signature trilby hat to influences like Lyle Lovett, John Prine, Gaucho and gypsy jazz pioneer Django Reinhardt.”

“Blessing and a Curse Folk Music Festival Featuring Have Gun, Will Travel, Applebutter Express and Dean Johanesen Details: Saturday 8 p.m. Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa. $13-$18. (813) 269-1310. www.carrollwoodcenter.org. This Carrollwood event takes its name from Have Gun, Will Travel's track Blessing and a Curse, possibly the most infectious anthem to ever come out of Bradenton (and one that might just dislodge that 800-588-2300 Empire jingle from your head, finally). The tune has appeared on PBS's Roadtrip Nation, NPR's Second Stage, GTE Federal Credit Union commercials and Chevy ads, and is a must on Saturday's set list. Fresh from their Bonnaroo performance, the Applebutter Express will bring ukulele funk, and an always-reliable Johanesen will offer up literate rock and Americana, the kind that has brought bands like the Avett Brothers and Mumford and Sons into the spotlight.”

“We are honored to have Dean Johanesen AND The Woodshedders coming through town to perform for us this Friday. They will be joined by Nick Wes, host of Turntable’s Wednesday night Open Mic. Greensboro - The Flatiron”

“Heading back out on the road in September for another SE run. I will be performing back at the Barn Jam September 25th, 2013. Many thanks to everyone at the Barn Jam for having me back. You can find out more about their events and the date that I will be performing at the following web site: http://awendawgreen.com/ Sept, 25th - LINE UP: 6PM start time - Dean Johanesen www.deanjohanesen.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkZGEwYz7zU The Salamanders http://www.thesalamandersrock.com/ http://youtu.be/1xUklPC85gY Radio Romance www.radioromance.net or www.sonicbids.com/radioromance The Louie D Project http://louied.com/”

“3/12: DEAN JOHANESEN @ FRALOS ART OF PIZZA - AMERICANA/ACOUSTIC/GYPSY JAZZ/ROOTS-ROCK/SINGER-SONGWRITER MUSIC AT 7 P.M., FREE SHOW, ALL AGES BYOB FOR 21+ ($5 FEE)”

“CL Robby Krieger w/Dean Johanesen Singer, songwriter and iconic guitarist of The Doors Robby Krieger hits Palladium Theater with his band Jam Kitchen, which includes multi-instrumentalist Arthur Barrow and keysman Tommy Mars (both one-time players with Frank Zappa), sax player Larry Klimas (Neil Diamond, WAR, Chicago) and drummer Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea, Al Di Meola). The program will include Krieger’s original solo material along with select songs he helped write from the Doors catalog – “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me,” “Light My Fire” and “Love Her Madly” among them.”

“Dean Johanesen, an equally talented musician, has taken his music on the road and has rapidly become a well known singer, song writer. And making himself known as one of the best musicians in the Tampa Bay area. Touring as far west as Austin Texas to play SXSW, Dean has played with many talented artist along the way. And this has earned him much respect throughout the music world. Dean plays from the heart and it shows in his live performances as well as in his songs. You can't help but take to his lyrics and style and embrace the meaning of his music.”

““Dean´s style draws from a number of influences, but appeals to fans of Country, Americana, and Gypsy Jazz. A consummate performer, Dean not only tells good stories through his music, but seems to live them in every note.” – Steve McAllister – SRQ Music Scene”

“Dean Johanesen of the Human Condition- Award winning singer/songwriter who heads up this great local band will join us for a solo gig showcasing his original songwriting.”

“In 2013 Dean released his first solo record with intentions of getting back to the importance of the storyteller songwriting format. This gave Johanesen the chance to record the songs that meant the most to him for the fan base that wanted to hear more of the lyrics and the stories behind the songs that they were connecting with. Dean’s recent passion for gypsy jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt has put him on a musical path with a focus on new stories of old times. Non fictional characters from the 20′s and 30′s, circus perfromers, the side show, proihibition, the war of currents all placed in a back drop of gypsy swing. That studio record will be in the works starting in late 2013. Johanesen has opened for Mason Jennings, Donovan Frankenreiter, Martha Wainwright, Howard Jones, Steve Forbert, Kevn Kinney (Drivin N Cryin), John Waite, Bobby Long, Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) & Peter Mulvey”

“One thing the crowd can expect from Johanesen and the other artists is no cover music. This forum is dedicated to songwriters and their original music, which is right up Johanesen’s alley. “Being a songwriter is a very key part of who I am,” he said. “Writing and performing original music is the main focus of what I do. “It’s a lot of work because I really have had to stick to my guns and prove myself as an artist. But the hard work has proved to be beneficial, and I’m glad I took the time to establish myself.””

“Before a gig at The Ale and the Witch on a steamy St. Petersburg evening, Johanesen indulges in a complimentary sampling of smoked white cheddar cheese jalapeno grits and a craft beer from the waitstaff. He snaps a few photos in his now-trademark trilby hat, vest and tie (a tribute to his 1930s gypsy-jazz fascination) while two women who’ve identified themselves as “Caitlin and Caitlin” look on intently. “Oooh, you’re in a band,” they cackle. “An ultimate band!?” So maybe these 10,000 hours aren’t so rough after all. But Johanesen, the devoted dad and husband, just smiles bashfully and sends a nod of appreciation their way before he’s back to outlining his 2013 musical gameplan. It’s one that will take his literate brand of toe-tapping Americana tunes, like the incendiary Mr. Delaware and those from latest A Time and a Place, across the country. “The goal for this year is to be on the road playing 10 days out of the month, every month,””

“Dean´s style draws from a number of influences, but appeals to fans of Country, Americana, and Gypsy Jazz. A consummate performer, Dean not only tells good stories through his music, but seems to live them in every note. For all that he has done for the Sarasota music community, and for the incredibly talented musician that he is, please go to Dean Johanesen´s Kickstarter page and pledge to help make Sarasota a place where deserving artists are supported and encouraged to thrive.”

“It has taken a long time to get to a place where I can support myself and my family playing music. I am fortunate that I am able to do so now and I enjoy every minute of it despite the long hours sometimes and the late nights.”

“Dean Johanesen is at it again. With several “songwriters in the round” and open-mic appearances plus multiple solo, duo (Duende) and band (The Human Condition) gigs every month, it’s questionable that this tireless Sarasota singer/songwriter and music supporter ever gets any sleep. Case in point: on top of the other obligations, The Human Condition and Johanesen have put together a brand new original music showcase. Slated for every other month in the backyard-feelin’ Cock & Bull courtyard/fire pit on the third Friday (future dates: Sept. 21 and Nov. 16), the plan is to expose artists from all over the region — and those closer to home — to the public, and vice versa.”

“WMNF's It's The Music "Thursday Nooner" chooses Godspeed as Song of the Year and The Human Condition's Life in Lines record makes it into the top 30 records of 2011 on WMNF 88.5 FM.”

“Florida FOLK SHOW One of Florida's very best singer songwriters, Dean Johanesen, played an artful, wonderful set of original music and selected covers Tuesday night, before an appreciative crowd at Kojak's Palmetto Ribhouse.”

“Track 8 “Godspeed” It’s just a fact that this is one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Here, Rebekah Pulley chimes in with Dean Johanesen and The Human Condition. The song is also featured in the movie, Beautiful Noise, filming now in Sarasota.”

“The Amazing Story song was written by Allen DiCenzo and performed by WHOA Label recording artist Dean Johanesen. DiCenzo, CEO of Circa Music, has a studio in St. Petersburg, Fla. and has provided songs for Visit Florida, Tampa Bay Rays, Sony Xperia, Einstein Brothers, Cooper Tires, Wendy’s and Nationwide Insurance and many other companies. Johanesen is a storyteller, singer songwriter, craftsman and performer who records vocals and instruments, including acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard and percussion. He has toured Europe and is set to soon release a new solo album.”

“The Human Condition - This Bradenton band has long been a local favorite on both sides of the Skyway, earning a dedicated fanbase through tireless gigging at venues large and not-so. The acoustic-leaning group, helmed by singer-songwriter-guitarist Dean Johanesen, performs tunes in the vein of Ben Harper, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead, running the gamut from subtle and understated to arena-ready rocker with mile-wide singalong hooks”

“Fresh from another trip to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, this Bradenton band has long been a local favorite. They're frequent performers around the area, and have opened for the likes of Donavon Frankenreiter and Martha Wainwright. The acoustic-leaning group performs tunes in the vein of Ben Harper, Led Zeppelin and Radiohead -- which is to say they're a diverse lot. Their melodies are too textured and luminous and, well, human, to dismiss as generic. And they've got other big doings a-transpirin' this spring. First up is a new album, a six-song disc titled Live at Zen, that was released in March. And two of their older songs, Godspeed and Last Dance, were selected for use in a movie called Beautiful Noise that was filmed in Sarasota. "I have been working with the director on scoring for the film as well," Johanesen said. Look for The Human Condition at Dunedin Brewery on Friday (4/15). And in May, they'll be at the annual Orange Blossom Jamboree at Sertoma Youth Ranch.”

“Notably one of the hardest working singer songwriters in the biz , Johanesen has engaged a Kickstarter Campaign to help raise funds for his first solo release and tour. WHOA recently sealed a deal for Johanesen’s in-store promotional shows and signings with Books A Million and FYE to assist with the first regional run through the S.E. Region. The first leg of the tour will take place from November 24th through December 16th.”

““LIVE at Zen” CD Release Show w/ The Human Condition / Not Tuna - Widely popular and well-traveled Bradenton five-piece The Human Condition will unveil its new “LIVE at Zen” CD to Suncoast crowds at Flying Dog Cafe. The band’s frontman, Dean Johanesen, recently wrote a handful of tunes for the upcoming locally filmed contemporary musical “Beautiful Noise,” and prior to that THC performed on the also locally produced 2010 documentary film “Toyland,” directed by Ken Sons and Tim Walsh, which premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival last April. After opening for blockbuster national acts and playing almost every festival in Florida, it’s nice to see these hard-charging hometown heroes debuting their latest effort in a cozy intimate venue right by good ol’ SRQ International, with a longtime Sarasota staple like Not Tuna opening the show.”

“The Human Condition’s Dean Johanesen has been playing around the Suncoast/Bay area since 2004. Well known for their softer rock sounds with such influences as David Gray and Ben Harper, HC have played numerous festivals and recieved play on some of the most popular radio stations in several states, as well as many college stations around the country. You can find lead singer Johanesen playing regular solo sets at The Downtown Farmers Market and coffee shops around town, like this show at Pastry Art. —Ed Midler”

“HUMAN CONDITION: "LIFE IN LINES" Dean Johanesen and his band mates took their time getting “Life in Lines” right and the care shows. From the deceptively breezy opener, “Wailing Wall,” to the harrowing swing of closer “Circus Queen,” “Life in Lines” defies easy classification but testifies to Human Condition's skill and daring.”

“The 11 tunes selected for Life In Lines reflect the band’s eclectic taste and personality, yet all fit together extremely well. From the upbeat, danceable “Don’t Stand Still” to the lonely, cello-saturated “Last Dance,” each song reveals a different side of The Human Condition, the thoughtful standout “Godspeed” invoking the feel of Lyle Lovett and featuring honey-voiced singer-songwriter Pulley singing alongside frontman Dean Johanesen. “Pocket Change” is a solid acoustic rock song that might have a serious shot at substantial radio airplay. Life In Lines is a stellar example of the high quality music that the Tampa Bay area has to offer as well as a fine representation of The Human Condition’s undeniable talents. ”

“Don’t think it’s faint praise when I call The Human Condition one of the hardest working bands on the Suncoast...I first interviewed H.C. main man Dean Johanesen back before Creative Loafing, excuse me, Weekly Planet, printed in color or had a website. You don’t achieve that kind of longevity without a killer work ethic. On the The Human Condition’s new full-length disc, Life in Lines, you can hear the band’s years of experience in the crisply executed tunes, all of which show Johanesen, drummer Mike Eng, bassist Mark Pezzo and guitarist Dave Berry’s talent for composing buoyant, acoustic-driven pop-rock. “Song to Myself” is a standout, with a guest solo from saxophonist Ronnie Dee... “Last Dance” — a mournful ballad featuring cello work by another special guest, Abe Feder — is another winner: touching and sad without devolving into sappiness. In the case of The Human Condition, hard work pays off. ”

“Whether it's the full lineup performing or just frontman Dean Johansen, Bradenton's The Human Condition is one of the busiest rock bands around Tampa Bay. Hardly a week goes by when you won't find them at one coffeeshop, bar or singer-songwriter night around Tampa Bay -- Dunedin Brewery, 3 Birds Tavern and Tre Amici @ the Bunker are all frequent sighting spots. This acoustic-fronted band combines elements of pop and rock along the lines of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ben Harper and the Wallflowers, but their melodies are too textured, luminous and, well, human to dismiss as generic.”

“Johanesen's album look [that rocks] includes both a fedora and guitar, and reminds me of Madmen meets the Wild Wild West. His sounds supplement this style with folksy jazzy blues that make you want to leisurely float down a lazy river or meander through a field of wildflowers.”

“Inspiring and thought-provoking, this little EP is well mannered, yet the listener is left hanging in sorrow, eager to find out more about this band. A nugget of golden musical bliss, both vivid and graceful, this record is just that perfect glimpse one needs. (Self-released)”

Shawn M. Haney - Performer Magazine

“Dean’s vocals strong and clear, with acoustic guitar chords in comparison to Glen Hansard and Chet Atkins, this debut release fits well into the ever changing world we live in. While he is a singer/songwriter in his own right, here Johanesen focuses primarily on personal stories of friendship and family that make the most of his naturally polished vocal resonance of romanticism exclusive of pride in every note. Each of the radio-friendly songs are expertly produced and arranged, each track walk a fine line between adult contemporary to pop, roots rock to folk americana.”

“Critics Pick *five as best local CD 2007 - The Human Condition came up aces with *Five. The disc collects five tracks of deeply felt acoustic rock, bouncing from ripping country-tinged burners like "Purple Heart" to slower, soul-tinged tracks like "Back Roads."”

Creative Loafing

“The Human Condition, "Five" Dean Johanesen fronts this excellent roots-rock outfit. Johanesen's country-hued compositions are backed by a hard-riding rhythm section and some stinging guitar work on this five-song outing that leaves us wanting more. in the process.”

Curtis Ross - Tampa Tribune

“The superb Human Condition offers acoustic rock that's warm, personal and, well, human. The group's radiant melodies and easygoing aura should delight fans of Ben Harper, Matt Costa and Dave Matthews.”

““A Time and a Place” is a delightful first release from a powerful and focused singer/songwriter. It is all but certain that this is only the beginning of a long and successful ride.”

“New & Blue Session tonight on WSLR 96.5 LPFM - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Studio Line 941-954-8636.... Live and performing in the studio tonight... One of Florida's best singer/songwriters Dean Johanesen.”

“A Time and a Place is Dean’s first solo LP. It’s set to be released November 20th on the WHOA Music Label. Both the artist and his new label are based in Florida. “Sorry In the Meantime” is a well-crafted nostalgia reflection set over gentle guitar and piano accompaniment. Dean’s youthful but traveled voice is well found in this type of format. The next song follows a similar template giving the songwriter more time to spin stories liberated within these recordings, unrestrained in the rhythms to produce honest music like Melloncamp, Springsteen, or Adam Duritz.”

““The Human Condition…a contemporary folk-ish anomaly poetically spliced between rock storminess and pop melody. More than that, however, is it’s experimental nature that includes using unexpected time signatures, jazz chords and alternate guitar tunings.””

Dawn Scire - The Herald Tribune

““The Human Condition is a tight band. Their sound is distinctive yet familiar, combining the up-tempo heartbeat of the Dave Matthews Band, the melodic hooks of David Gray and the emotionally raw lyrics of Tori Amos…and like the aforementioned artists, they are engaging to watch.””

Aaron Alper - The Gazette

““The Catchy melodies fit nicely around Johanesen’s balmy vocals to form a radio friendly brew of folk/rock that should appeal to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper enthusiasts.””

Wade Tantangelo - The Bradenton Herald