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Rich Deans: Bio

An alumnus of the New York/New Jersey club scene, singer-songwriter Rich Deans has shared the stages of the Bottom Line, CBGB’s, The Bitter End, The Stone Pony and various other venues with national and local acts including, The Smithereens, The DB’s, Primus, Level 42, Kate Jacobs and The Marys. Rich has also been a staff songwriter for ABC/Dunhill, Laurel Canyon Music, Dreena Publishing and Castle Hill Music. His song “Blue Eyes and White Lies”, written for Kim Carnes, was chosen by Billboard Magazine as album cut “pick hit” and his composition “Tiger on The Lawn” was recorded by Paul Cotton of the country-rock band POCO for his solo record. Recently, his composition “Don’t Dig My Grave Too Deep” was recorded by Pat Wictor on his excellently reviewed "Waiting for the Water" release. And the recent release by Hope Machine includes a stirring version of Rich's "You Can Count On Me."

"Rich Deans...writes great songs."
John Platt, WFUV

“Rich Deans is a most fascinating songwriter, writing songs that are more like novellas set to haunting melodies of days past.”
Mike Agranoff, Minstrel Coffeehouse

“Deans’ voice is fused with a reckless spirit that manifests itself in Dylanesque color, it’s a commanding presence, a unique voice. Those grown on softrock, country honk or quietly intelligent folk should have no trouble latching on to such gems as “Try and Stop The Rain” or the almost-angry “House of Stone”. Honkytonkers should dig “Outlaw’s Son”, a storysong of epic proportions.”
Mike Greenblatt, Country Music Magazine