Overall Impression: Easy-going and positive, Movin’ On by Dean Mueller is the Americana tune we all need to get through the day. This most recent release by the Oregon-based musician boasts a colorful and slow groove filled with enchanting Country Western influences. It relishes in a smooth sound and attitude that leaves the past in the past. The breezy chorus is as infectious as they come, almost requiring the listener to join in singing. It moves gently without a care in the world toward the land of plenty. Dean Mueller takes a simple and sweet singing approach that proves to be wonderfully effective. He pulls this tune out of the air and uses it to lift up the spirits of all who are near. All in all, Movin’ On by Dean Mueller reminds listeners that we all have something better on the horizon to look forward to.

Strongest Point(s): This is a tune with plenty of strong points, and an even stronger mindset. The music is captivating and can put the listener in a dreamlike state, or have them reminisce. The instrumental lines interweave with one another for a colorful listening experience. The lyrics really drive the point home to not get caught up in life, and let the bygones be bygones. We all move on at some point, and might as well live in the moment.

Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Americana and Country Western will dig Movin’ On by Dean Mueller.

Artist target suggestions: Willie Nelson, Simon & Garfunkel, John Prine, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joan Baez, Joseph F. Persinger, Phoenix Duo, Beaver Road, James Taylor, Nick Drake

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At times, dealing with life’s dark situations requires some sarcasm to get through them. The singer/songwriter and producer Dean Mueller surely does so! He knows how to professionally create a lighthearted tune that humorously depicts a gray state in a colorful manner. You can’t know what his craft’s secret is, but you can learn about the outcome in his single, “Sky Fallin’.”

Dean Mueller is a professional musician who has been in the music scene for almost two decades as a singer, songwriter, bassist, producer, promoter, and recording engineer. So if you’re wondering if there’s something this man can’t do, it’s that he can’t let life make him lose his positive attitude and aspire for new journeys.

“Sky Fallin’” is an Americana-spirited song where you can hear the hysteric saying “the sky is falling” in a vivid timbre. It’s a hybrid between narrative and singing that’s delivered with a folk flair dipped in rock. If you just looked at the lyrical content without the other components, you’d think it’s a melancholy take. Nevertheless, the grooves and the sarcastic, tolerated vocal performance make it a feel-good song that you’d delightfully sing along with.

The song captures the slow burn of a relationship in which the partners did each other wrong or were not a good match from the start and simply ignored the signs. The lyrics are highlighting the kind of relationship where one person is fly-high and the other is clingy, and they obviously see things differently; however, you can’t get mad at any of them because of Mueller’s smooth, carefree narrative with his soothing, melodic vocal line.

The instruments add a burst of positive energy that blends perfectly with the theme. The hooking melody, the uplifting acoustic solo, and the bouncy cadence make you forget for a moment that this is a song called “Sky Fallin’,” and you don’t care if it presses an old wound of a relevant story of yours; you’d rather be on cloud nine. The multi-talented musician worked with Kenneth Blevins on drums, Steven Hinston on electric guitar, Dave Jacques on bass, and Kevin McKendree on production, mixing, keyboards, and background vocals to create this wonderful product with such polished sonic joy.

If you like to be in the company of someone who passes on life’s experiences with ease, Dean Mueller is your guy. And if you lean towards soulfully act, he’s your guy too, and his single “Movin’ On” will tell you why. To find out what else he has up his sleeve, we’ll have to wait for the follow-up singles, which will be released with the full album “Sky Fallin’” in early 2023.

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A versatile singer-songwriter, Dean Mueller gets listeners feeling all kinds of emotions with new release, “Sky Fallin’”

Bend, OR — September 30th, 2022 – A stunning debut solo release, “Sky Fallin’,” marks a unique new direction for a seasoned artist who remains motivated to step into the light, following years of playing in bands and working as a producer-performer.

Having dropped on October 7th, 2022, “Sky Fallin’” is a track that Dean Mueller began working on in October 2020. During that time, the talented artist was caught up amid the pandemic with the rest of the world, dealing with isolation and the tough separation from his musical partner of 8 years.

A refreshing and absorbing new single, “Sky Fallin’,” features a talented set of individuals gracing listeners with their inimitable craft. It highlights Mueller’s superior songwriting, vocal talents, and skills on the acoustic guitar, with Kevin McKendree doing a remarkable job on keyboards, production, mixing, and background vocals. They are accompanied by Kenneth Blevins on drums, Steven Hinston on electric guitar, and Dave Jacques on bass – artists who are renowned in the Nashville Americana scene.

Exhibiting Mueller’s range and depth of emotions, the new track will be followed by a series of singles set to release with the full album “Sky Fallin’” in early 2023.

“Dean Mueller’s songs are filled with depth and humor. I can hear him smiling and I can feel his pain as he delivers them. This album will turn some heads.” — says Kevin McKendree, producer and Grammy-winning musician regarding the new record.

Based in Bend, Oregon, since 2021, Mueller has been part of the Portland music scene for nearly 20 years and aims to continue building on a formidable music identity.

Visit Dean Mueller’s official website to check out the lyric video for “Sky Fallin” and stream the new single on Spotify or add it to your playlists. Follow the artist on social media and join the artist’s Patreon group. For interviews, reviews, and/or collaborations, reach out through email.

“This is a wildly fun new Rock tune by Dean Mueller that is full of energy, catchiness, and a story that too many of us can relate to. ” Zachary Larson

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ABOUT

A professional musician for nearly 20 years, Dean Mueller has worked as a performer, producer, promoter, recording engineer, and teacher. Now he begins a new phase of his career with “Sky Fallin’”, his solo album debut. He plans on dropping the first of several singles on October 7th, 2022, with the full album slated to drop for listeners in early 2023.

An award-winning bassist-turned-singer-songwriter, Mueller recorded his album of original Americana songs in Nashville with producer-pianist Kevin McKendree and John Prine’s band members. Mueller recorded the album with the goal of creating “a cross between John Prine and Tom Petty.”

His extensive previous performing and recording experience includes the Duffy Bishop Band, Blues Music Awards-nominated Insomniacs, and the award-winning Julie Amici Band. As a promoter and producer, he has staged more than 400 performances in the past decade, including tributes to Patsy Cline, Nina Simone, and his favorite singer-songwriter, the late John Prine.

“Every song on my album has meaning and inspiration behind it,” he says. “It’s all reflective of my life.”

CONTACT

Dean Mueller
Name: Dean Mueller
Email: dean@rippingglass.com

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanMuellerMusic
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deanmuellermusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MrDeanMueller
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNvRD15YgrZDmnoxmJW9VHw
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7lhJlKy5IPDmC0yO1SBOrv

Overall Impression: Sky Fallin’ by Dean Mueller is an Americana-tinted piece of Rock that looks back and wonders what the hell happened. This new tune brings a little Southern flair to its Rock foundation by way of some twangy guitars and Mueller’s gravely vocals. The groove bounces along with an infectious energy, bringing the most stubborn fans to their feet. It serves as a killer foundation for Mueller’s witty attitude and singing. Stricken with disbelief, the lyrics tell the story of a fella ignoring the warning signs and getting dumped. They make for an ear worm chorus filled with hyperbole and an insanely catchy melody. As the tune progresses, the excitement and humor grows exponentially before erupting in the final hook. This is a wildly fun new Rock tune by Dean Mueller that is full of energy, catchiness, and a story that too many of us can relate to.

Strongest Point(s): The varying musical textures featured in Sky Fallin’ are wildly entertaining. The verses ramble forward with a Southern edge, while the chorus erupts with a rocking anthem. There isn’t a single dull moment in Sky Fallin’, and the listener is left reaching for the repeat button.

Target Audience Appeal: Fans of Rock and Americana will enjoy Sky Fallin’ by Dean Mueller.

Artist target suggestions: Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., Iron & Wine, Joan Baez, Tom Waits, Nick Drake, Neil Young, Joni Mitchel, Janis Joplin, Sublime, Woody Guthrie, Reverend Horton Heat, Tim Buckley

About The Reviewer: Zachary Larson is a professional guitarist in New York City. Getting his start in high school rock bands, he has since toured the world as a classical chamber musician, onboard cruise lines, and with several Broadway musicals. His recorded work spans across Classical, Pop, and Experimental music. His arrangements are published through Clear Note Publications. Classically trained, he holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Denver.