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Dean Johanesen  - Circus Swing & American Roots Music

With a sonic palette that dips into Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swingin' Hot Club jazz dosed in circus tent hues, New York-native Dean Johanesen has made his home in many parts of the United States.  

Johanesen's mother delivered motor homes when he was young and the family traveled around listening to many different artists. Hearing everything from Led Zeppelin to Simon and Garfunkel, classic country to Broadway original cast recordings provided a soundtrack to Johanesen's youth and had an effect on Johanesen's interests musically, that would surface later in life. 

In 2013, Johanesen released his first solo record focused on the storyteller songwriting format. Meanwhile, a recent passion for Hot Club jazz music in the vein of Django Reinhardt put Johanesen on a musical path with a goal of telling new stories of old times, placing non-fictional characters from the '20s and '30s – circus performers, the sideshow, prohibition, the war of currents (Tesla vs. Edison) – against a backdrop of uptempo swing. It's a style Johanesen has dubbed "Circus Swing".

Johanesen’s 3rd solo record titled “Cautionary Tales” is slated for release February 2023. 

Email - djohanesen@gmail.com  for booking information and don't forget to sign up for the mailing list to find out more about the new record and live dates on the road.  

LIVE DATES IN 2021 - 239 

PAST SONGWRITER FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES

Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival  - Panama City Songwriter Festival - MS Songwriter Festival - 30 A Songwriter Festival - Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival - Black Warrior Songwriters Festival - Localtopia - Florida Folk Fest - St. Pete Folk Fest - NOTSXSX (during SXSW ATX.)

SHOW SUPPORT FOR

Robbie Krieger (The Doors Jam Kitchen) Glenn Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) Howard Jones, Steve Forbert, Corey Hart,  Mason Jennings, Peter Mulvey.

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
Highly reminiscent of Father John Misty’s newest record, it’s really been this year that we’ve fallen in love with this particular sound. Through the song’s five minute runtime, Dean nearly immediately immerses the listener into another atmosphere and decade through his unique instrumental choices that focus heavily on horns to really set the mood. Lyrically speaking, he’s also shown extreme great strength in his songwriting, effortlessly painting a picture for the listener to connect the dots through his words. Not only are you imagining what’s happening, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that the entire vibe makes you feel like you’ve transported 100 years into the past. In terms of crafting the experience, he’s gone above and beyond in nailing every facet of what make this song true to the form of its influences.” - We Write About Music - Editor's Picks - The Wizard Of Menlo Park
Dean Johanesen 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.” - Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing - Tampa
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. ” - Mike Sales, Siesta Sand