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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.”

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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.

Smart alternative music hasn’t been all that hard to find out of the underground in the last year or two, but if you ask me, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is one of the more unique gems to debut this April for sure. … I would place a hefty wager on their finding some serious success with this offering, which I rank as one of the best in indie Americana this spring.” – Loren Sperry, Music Existence – June 11, 2020

Album Review: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller “I Loved You So”

With a swaggering strut, a string melody comes into focus, suddenly enrapturing anything within earshot of its vibrant glow. This sensuous instrumental element is hypnotic to say the least, but once it comes into contact with Julie Amici’s lead vocal for the first time, it doesn’t stand a chance in the ensuing duel for our affections. This is “Frame it on the Wall,” one of the chicer songs on the new album I Loved You So from Julie Amici & Dean Mueller, and much like its mates in the tracklist of this inspired LP, it was seemingly designed for the purposes of bringing a bit of evocative surrealism back to the left side of the dial this April.

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Amici and Mueller have an amazing chemistry on I Loved You So, and whether Mueller is in the driver’s seat, such as we find in “Turn the Key,” or Amici is ruling the roost ala “Sardines and Saltines” or “Hot in the City,” they never sound as though they’re at war for our focus here. Instead, I think this pair plays off of each other’s cues rather brilliantly – especially in songs like the title track, “Read Through Tears” and “I Wanted You” – and ultimately makes the most of their shared love of Americana more often than not.

“Flannel Shirt,” “Blind Beulah” and “Daddy” are more harmony driven than “I Wanted You” or “Frame it on the Wall” are, but despite the stylistic differences between them, together these songs tell us everything we need to know about Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s collective depth as an artistic unit. They’ve got a lot of different ways they can break down a melody, and in I Loved You So, they show us as many as we can handle inside of eleven unique tracks.

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I would have preferred a little more vocal presence in the mix of “Turn the Key” and “Hot in the City” than these two songs were afforded, but at the same time, I can understand why this duo went with the production style they did here. There aren’t a lot of aesthetical equilibriums making headlines in 2020, but in the case of these tracks, I think Amici & Mueller were making a concerted effort to show us that crossover melodies don’t have to rely on colorful crooning alone to sound and feel deep and emotional. In this sense, they might be the best songs on the LP (from a critical perspective, at least).

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Smart alternative music hasn’t been all that hard to find out of the underground in the last year or two, but if you ask me, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is one of the more unique gems to debut this April for sure. It’s still a little early to tell how far this pair is going to go with their sound, but if I were a gambler, I would place a hefty wager on their finding some serious success with this offering, which I rank as one of the best in indie Americana this spring.

Loren Sperry

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller deliver a hybrid effort inspired mostly by old fashioned Americana but completely beholden to influences that span the folk/rock lexicon, and for those who were hoping for a multidimensional indie offering this spring, it provides some of the most memorable new tracks you’re likely to come across…..you don’t have to be an expert critic to appreciate the talent they bring to this incredible new album” – Troy Johnston, Fame Magazine – June 9, 2020
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As jubilant as they are strikingly rhythmic, even without the assistance of the rollicking drumbeat in the background, the strings we find in the song “Turn the Key” are perhaps even more intriguing than the lyrics in this selection from Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So LP are, but this isn’t a dig at the poetry the pair’s new album is featuring at all. In I Loved You So, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller deliver a hybrid effort inspired mostly by old fashioned Americana but completely beholden to influences that span the folk/rock lexicon, and for those who were hoping for a multidimensional indie offering this spring, it provides some of the most memorable new tracks you’re likely to come across.

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There’s a lot more comprising this album than mere string-powered thrills n’ chills alone; in songs like the soulful “I Wanted You,” bluesy “Hot in the City” and “Sardines and Saltines,” the grooves contribute as much to the lyrical narrative as any of the melodic elements in the music do, and though the verses Amici unfurls from behind the mic are always the linchpin holding the compositions here together, there’s rarely a moment where her words steal any of our attention away from the instrumental prowess that this record is built upon. Harmonies tend to be the structural centerpiece in I Loved You So, which only further tethers this duo’s sound to Americana’s storied past than it does anything in the contemporary alternative folk underground.

“Blind Beulah,” the title track,” “Faces in Things” and “Read Through Tears,” are more conventional in their stylization than the other songs on this album are, but all in all, I think that the pairing of the two sets of material primarily occupying I Loved You So’s tracklist serves to exhibit the duality of Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s shared artistry rather marvelously. There are a lot of acts that would kill to have the sort of aesthetical flexibility that these two are so adeptly managing in this record, and especially in songs like “Flannel Shirt” and “Daddy,” but very few that have been able to balance their experimental elements with a cut and dry approach as well as this unit is at the moment.

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Separately, I think that Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are very talented beings each capable of making a really big impact on the American underground right now, but together, they’re producing a sound in I Loved You So that is worthy of stardom. There are a lot of loose ends in this record that were, as I hear them, deliberately left as to hint at the magic this duo could turn out if given just a little more room to spread their wings in the studio, and with any luck, we’ll see a follow up to this initial offering a lot sooner than we will later. Amici and Mueller are quite the collaborators indeed, and you don’t have to be an expert critic to appreciate the talent they bring to this incredible new album.

Troy Johnston

“So far, this year has produced a lot of really intriguing, if not outsider-influenced, breakthroughs from artists in the underground, and for some of the best treasures I’ve heard thus far, look no further than this smashing LP.” – Jodi Marxbury, Daily Pop News –

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s (SINGLE) “I Loved You So”

In “Blind Beulah,” the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar finds the perfect punctuation mark to its melodic statements in the form of a mild country twang. This same twang is presented to us in a contrary state later on in “Frame it on the Wall,” this time shaped for the purposes of a folky rhythm and blue hued-vocals even more emotive than the lyrics they convey are.

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An exuberant bounce frames a gritty vocal from Dean Mueller in “Turn the Key” where regal soul grooves find a place for Julie Amici to serenade us with her bittersweet voice in “I Wanted You.” “Faces in Things” swings with a bright country tempo, and although it couldn’t be anymore contrasting – at least in terms of cosmetics – with the stinging “Sardines and Saltines,” the two sit together on the tracklist of Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So rather perfectly. The Portland-formed duo of Amici & Mueller deliver some of the best sounds in eclectic indie folk and Americana this April in I Loved You So, and you needn’t give songs like “Read Through Tears” “Flannel Shirt” or “Hot in the City” much more than a casual listen to appreciate the skillsets they each bring to the show.

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“Daddy” and the title track sport some very folk-inspired tonality, but I think that what makes up their compositional foundation is a lot more difficult to classify using standard genre terminology than the origins of the songs’ individual components are. There’s a sense of diversity that follows every aesthetical marriage in I Loved You So; from “Faces in Things” to “Hot in the City,” there’s rarely an instance where Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are playing to the parameters of a traditional model, but in every track on the record, they make a point to utilize every element in the music as a means of getting an underlying narrative across to us (which, in my opinion, is steeped entirely in Americana).

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When I sat down with the LP for the first time, I couldn’t help but wonder how “Turn the Key” and “Frame it on the Wall” would play out in a live setting, mostly because of how versatile a framework each of these two tracks sports. Amici & Mueller could present them to us as they did here, or, inspired by the energy of the crowd, easily adapt them into extended jams bred from the same creative stock as the other songs on this album were – only slightly more experimental.

I wasn’t familiar with the professional partnership of Julie Amici & Dean Mueller before getting ahold of a pre-release copy of their forthcoming record, but after getting hooked on the contents of I Loved You So, I am definitely planning on keeping an eye on their output through the 2020s. So far, this year has produced a lot of really intriguing, if not outsider-influenced, breakthroughs from artists in the underground, and for some of the best treasures I’ve heard thus far, look no further than this smashing LP.

Jodi Marxbury

 

“Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are the new kids on the block to most of us, but compared to their major label counterparts, they’re sounding a lot more disciplined and focused as composers in this hot new album.” – ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINATION and PICK UP THE WEEK – Mark Druery, Indie Shark Music Magazine – May 18, 2020

“This is alternative Americana for a discriminating generation of enthusiasts who demand nothing short of excellence out of their latest acquisitions from the local record store, and as I see it, it’s required listening for anyone with a penchant for sweet indie beats this April.” Clay Burton – Independent Music and Arts, Inc – May 13, 2020

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An acoustic guitar can do a heck of a lot when it’s given the right composition to shine in, and in Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s “Daddy,” it lights up the song like no other instrument could have. In this track, its strings ignite a passion between these two players that is revisited in the slightly-electrified, but nonetheless surreal, “Read Through Tears,” and no matter where we listen in the pair’s new album I Loved You So, the singular force of emotionality they create beneath the layers of instrumental melodicism is something to be marveled at. Some songs on I Loved You So, like the easygoing “Turn the Key,” employ Mueller’s smoky voice over the soft decadence of Amici’s, but in others, like “Hot in the City,” the smoldering nature of the strings pulls all of our attention away from the lyrical swing of the singer. This is alternative Americana for a discriminating generation of enthusiasts who demand nothing short of excellence out of their latest acquisitions from the local record store, and as I see it, it’s required listening for anyone with a penchant for sweet indie beats this April.

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“Sardines and Saltines” stole my heart right out of the gate here, and while it’s structurally contrasting with the flamboyant title track in I Loved You So, I think each of these tracks points out the elements of artistic consistency that Julie Amici & Dean Mueller have in common. “Frame it on the Wall,” on the other hand, is purely an exhibition of Amici’s vocal abilities, and after a bit of internal wrestling,

I came to the conclusion that this song features the best singing on the album. It isn’t easy to pick favorites in an LP like I Loved You So, especially with tracks like “Frame it on the Wall” and the old school swinger “Faces in Things” sounding so incredibly different from one another, and although I wouldn’t describe this record as being progressive in nature, there’s definitely a unique narrative that audiences can take away from its tracklist when experienced in its entirety (as opposed to breaking it up song by song on shuffle).

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller aren’t necessarily changing the game with tracks like “Blind Beulah,” the cerebral “I Wanted You” or comfortingly folky “Flannel Shirt,” but if you’re in the mood for a batch of Americana-themed songs that challenge both the mainstream model and that of their growing competition in the underground, I Loved You So is an album you need to be listening to this spring. There are a couple of rough edges that come between the beginning and end of this LP, but in the grander scheme of things, I think that what Amici & Mueller are offering in this first collaborate effort is more than worthy of some praise from both critics and fans in 2020.

They’ve got a lot of potential to make something incredible out of this sound, and from the looks of their new album, this is just a taste of what’s still to come.

Clay Burton

“Spring is now in full-swing, and from where I sit, I do believe you’d be hard-pressed to find another alternative-style Americana album quite as enthralling as Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is before the start of the summer season. This pair of eclectic folk musicians are definitely pushing the boundaries as much as they can in this record, and if they can find a way to continue their sonic experimentations without alienating fans of a more streamlined sound, I think they’ll have a good chance at breaking through to the mainstream early on in their career as a duo.”GT, Hollywood Digest – May 2020

Americana has been making quite a big comeback in the last couple of years, and if you’re curious as to why, you need to take a peek at what the underground has been submitting lately – and particularly what indie folk duo Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are releasing this coming April in I Loved You So. Much like their fellow Portlander Melissa Ruth, Amici & Mueller are driving home an Americana revival on the strength of fusion rhythms, jazz-inspired licks, bluesy vocals and a rock-style lyrical bite, and to say that their new album I Loved You So is a perfect amalgamation of the aforementioned influences would be putting it very mildly.The title track, “Faces in Things,” “Turn the Key” and “Flannel Shirt” provide us a great melding of country and folk themes inside of songs that follow a pretty experimental blueprint, each in their own unique way, but none of these compositions sounds even remotely scattered or aesthetically overreaching in the least. If anything, there’s a wonderful blend of stylizations on this disc that I would have hoped to hear out of Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s mainstream rivals this spring, but unfortunately have yet to experience outside of I Loved You So.As instrumentally evocative as “I Wanted You,” “Frame it on the Wall,” “Hot in the City” and “Read Through Tears” are, the vocals these songs feature are always the most vibrant focal point for us to tune-in to. Amici & Mueller trade off on lead duties with Amici capturing more of the spotlight than her male counterpart does, but had they not shared the stage as democratically as they did in I Loved You So, I’m not sure that it would be nearly as evocative – nor as relentlessly captivating – as it is in the form we find it in here.FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/julieamici/

There’s an awesome fluidity to this tracklist that makes the music feel almost operatic in a couple of key spots, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I Loved You So is a progressive folk effort. “Blind Beulah” segues into “Turn the Key” and later “Faces in Things” as though the three songs were always meant to be joined in some kind of divine American medley, but whether we’re listening to them in the order Amici & Mueller intended or simply cherry-picking through the tracks one at a time, I think the emotional impact of their narrative here tends to remain the same.

Spring is now in full-swing, and from where I sit, I do believe you’d be hard-pressed to find another alternative-style Americana album quite as enthralling as Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is before the start of the summer season. This pair of eclectic folk musicians are definitely pushing the boundaries as much as they can in this record, and if they can find a way to continue their sonic experimentations without alienating fans of a more streamlined sound, I think they’ll have a good chance at breaking through to the mainstream early on in their career as a duo.

Garth Thomas