Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rediscovering Dean Fields

Dean Fields first entered my musical queue two years ago via my sister's recommendation. Fortunately for you, I had forgotten about him and only recently rediscovered his music. I've been in possession of only two of his songs for two years and failed to realize how great he is. Fields hails from Mechanicsville, Virginia and has been pursuing music his entire life. Truthfully, he's a pretty simple guy who sees himself like so: "It takes a long time for me to wake up. Often I'll get up in the middle of night, change the cat box, and go back to bed with no recollection of it. I'm an over-thinker and an undecider. I make up words. I went to grad school to pursue music and left grad school to pursue music. I moved 7 times in 3 years between 4 states. I have 300 voices with 300 accents for 301 different moods. I cannot park a car. My wife is the coolest person I know. And she is not a horse."

Fields has had the privilege of playing alongside the likes of Hootie & The Blowfish, Rusted Root, Blues Traveler, and Eric Hutchinson to name a few. This comes to no surprise, however, as soon as you listen to his music. His songs have simple melodies with lyrics that describe his life's success and failures, but do so in a way that draws in any fan of folk music. Here is one of the songs that floated in my iTunes library without my full appreciation until now, as well as a new one. Enjoy

If you like what you hear, be sure to visit his website and iTunes page. In March, he came out with an EP called "Under A Searchlight Moon," which is home to the song "Forever Never Knowing" above.

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