FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SANTA FE, NM
April 14, 2009 – Americana-folk-rock band Dean Station has officially announced plans for their 2009 spring tour, which will kick off on April 30th in Albuquerque, NM, and head westward for one month.
Dean Station, based in Santa Fe, NM, can be heard at over 21 independent venues and festivals throughout eight U.S. states. Singer Levi Dean said, “This tour will be contemplative, adventurous and challenging all at once; an individual right of passage for me.” Levi heads the band with original songs, vocals, guitar and mandolin; older brother Andy Dean alternately plays lead guitar and drums. Long-time Virginian friend Sean Green will join the brothers for the tour, playing bass and guitar.
The band has toured the U.S. extensively, including a 7-month transcontinental trek promoting their first two CDs, Dean Station (released 2004) and Raising the Root (released 2007). Dean Station’s third CD, Quarter of a Century, will be officially released this June, with early sales available for purchase at May tour venues.
Of particular interest - Dean Station has been invited to participate in the Tucson Folk Festival in AZ, as well as Hootenany Nights at Café International in San Francisco, CA.
Tour dates are as follows:
Thursday, April, 30th Sunshine Café Albuquerque, NM
Friday, May 1st Spirit Room Jerome, AZ
Saturday, May 2nd Flagstaff Brewery Flagstaff, AZ
Sunday, May 3rd Tucson Folk Festival Tucson, AZ
Sunday, May 3rd Red Room at Grill Tucson, AZ
Monday, May 4th Venice Bistro Venice, CA
Wednesday, May 6th Cordiale Café Sherman Oaks, CA
Friday, May 8th Monteleone’s Rocks Paso Robles, CA
Saturday, May 9th Café International San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, May 12th Liquid Assets Winebar Ashland, OR
Wednesday, May 13th Ashland Grilla Bites Ashland, OR
Thursday, May 14th Stillwater Ashland, OR
Saturday, May 16th Enterbeing Portland, OR
Sunday, May 17th High Dive Seattle, WA
Monday, May 18th Conor Byrne Pub Seattle, WA
Wednesday, May 20th Shangri-La Tea Room Boise, ID
Friday, May 22nd Music of the Vine Caldwell, ID
Saturday, May 23rd Stray Dog Pub & Café Elko, NV
Wednesday, May 27th Dawg Pound Tavern Salt Lake City, UT
Thursday, May 28th Ska Brewing Company Durango, CO
Sunday, May 31st Taos Inn Taos, NM
Check www.deanstation.com and myspace.com/deanstation for the most up-to-date tour news, CD purchases, photos, and more. For more information please contact Levi Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.550.5183.
Levi Dean & Dean Station
Press Release for 3rd album: “Quarter of a Century”
It’s been a long road for young Levi Dean. He’s been homeless, divorced, robbed, cheated on and pushed out. Or as his rode-hard lyrics express, he’s “walked through the alley of shame” and “spent lonely nights alone in his van.” What is a seemingly well-groomed Southerner with a degree doing hawking his gun and wielding a turn-of-the-century mandolin through the streets of Santa Fe?
He’s bringing us art.
Art described as unrefined Americana poetry, pseudo-past-times progressive folk with a twist of rock. He is holding fast to the spirit of artistic independence and not bending in his quest to draw listeners into a realm filled with raw reality. Vindictive vixens, money-hungry exes and sex abound – soothed over by original gospels and grab-your-heart spiritual revelations. The dichotomy of his work gives you a sense of realness – of manhood, coming-of-age, tackling death and birth. After all, it’s titled Quarter of Century after it’s namesake – his 25th birthday - a time most men are discovering their identity and cultural conditioning. The result is beautiful, meaningful musical art.
It’s ironic that the bearded songwriter is spiritually devote and rather wholesome when he looks like trouble in the making. Dressed in gray Wrangler slacks circa 1960, a true Levi Strauss pearl snap under reversible thrift store vest, and damn nice ostrich boots gifted from a Texan, Levi could be playing the part of Hank, Sr. or Bob Dylan. “In fact,” Levi admits with a smile, “irony plays itself to the extremes in most of my observations. This is my path, laid out by God. With that understanding, I can be an advocate for the Devil to help my music hit home with listeners by relating to duality in their own lives.” Do I check to see if his fingers are crossed?
Why does Dean’s 3rd album, Quarter of a Century, stand out from his beloved first two releases? For one, he’s now a solo artist. This album is aptly named Levi Dean and Dean Station - Levi plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, piano - even some bass and electric guitar. He has a sincere talent for writing harmonies and killer build-ups. With one female exception, all harmonies are varying degrees of Levi’s vocal extremes. This album is heart-felt, screaming honest emotion – it’s dark and bright, good and evil, sexy and saintly.
“Quarter of a Century” is self-released on May 1, 2009. Track-listing below…
Money Ran Out
Quarter of a Century
The Strait is the Gate