Larry Dean

From a Distance

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Critically acclaimed, this is Larry Dean's second release. Pure, unadulterated, and true to the Bakersfield sound, Dean shows himself to be a solid country traditionalist with a definite style all his own. A bit of a rebel, Dean has refused to mold himself to the marketing schemes that so often go with a major label deal in Music City. Writing about what he knows allows Dean to tap into the universal appeal that made country & western music from decades past so alluring to a wide variety of listeners. Honky tonkin' once again, "I'm Gettin' Known (For All the Wrong Reasons)" sets the stage for this accomplished project. With other outstanding selections such as "Things Are Lookin' Up," "It Must Be Angel Day," and the Kostas song "Brown Paper Bag," this a lively, provocative release. More thoughtful are Dean's "Sweet Magnolia," which demonstrates his skill with a ballad, and the haunting title track. The musicianship here is quality all the way. Using his own band, the Shooters, as well as some of L.A.'s top players like Taras Prodaniuk, Skip Edwards, and Harry Orlove gives Dean the support his songwriting and vocal skills deserve. From a Distance stood as one of 1995's outstanding true country releases and a signpost marking the continuation of an exceptional talent.