Here is a quote from a review in Vents Magazine

“Fans of the emerging new wave of Americana can’t go wrong with Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So this spring, and unless their competitors in the underground can muster up something solid between now and December 31st, I think this LP will remain the top contender for best eclectic/folk record of the 2020s so far.” – Vents Magazine – April 29, 2020

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CD REVIEW: I Loved You So by Julie Amici & Dean Mueller

 

When two singer/songwriters as skilled as Julie Amici & Dean Mueller get together, you know that some sparks are going to fly, and that’s exactly what happens shortly after pressing play on their new joint album I Loved You SoI Loved You So has all the hallmarks of a brooding, immensely reflective folk-rock effort, but in songs like its title track, Amici & Mueller make it very clear to us that they have no interest in following the rules and conventions commonly associated with contemporary alternative folk music.

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There’s a reflective tone to this number offered up amidst lighthearted swing, and though that same tone is recycled in the slow-rolling “Sardines and Saltines,” it doesn’t sound as though it’s been simply repurposed with a new melody and a different groove. In this album, these two players cover as much ground as they can within eleven of the more eccentric songs you’re likely to hear before the spring season is over, yet their efforts sound anything but overambitious – on the contrary, their willingness to reflect honest emotionality through both texture and tonality is a breath of fresh air this year.

The guitar tones that Amici & Mueller offer in “Blind Beulah” and “Read Through Tears” definitely speak to the moodiness of the adjacent lyrical content, and in the case of tracks like “Daddy” and “Frame it on the Wall,” they advance the narrative more than the verses ever could have on their own. The master mix is, in general, a little more straightforward in style than I would have expected it to be given the highbrow caliber of these compositions, but I suppose that it would make sense to take a simplistic approach to the black and white framework of songs like “Hot in the City” and “Turn the Key.” In the future, I’d love for there to be just a touch more emphasis on the vocal elements in Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s work, mostly because, in all honesty, I found their interplay in this album to be the main reason why the whole of the tracklist is as unforgettable as it is.

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Fans of the emerging new wave of Americana can’t go wrong with Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So this spring, and unless their competitors in the underground can muster up something solid between now and December 31st, I think this LP will remain the top contender for best eclectic/folk record of the 2020s so far. Independent artists are taking all of the thunder away from the mainstream this year, and though this is far from a perfect album from start to finish, there’s a case to be made that it didn’t need to be to make a big statement about its composers. Amici & Mueller seem destined to make some really beautiful music together, and if they can ride the present momentum they’ve got into the studio for sophomore follow-up to I Loved You So, they’re going to see and hear plenty of applause from audiences around the world.

by Bethany Page

They are rolling in and we are going to share one review per day this week! Here is one that clearly accepts the diversity within I Loved You So.

“You don’t have to be the biggest Americana fan on earth to fall in love with the harmonies contained in the eleven songs on Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So, but for those who can appreciate this genre for all of its classically endearing brilliance, it’s an album that belongs on your shelf this coming April without question” – Too Much Love

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I Loved You So from Julie Amici & Dean Mueller

I LOVED YOU SO FROM JULIE AMICI & DEAN MUELLER

2020 has been a bit of a hit and miss year for a lot of indie’s premier folk artists, but in the stylish crossover LP I Loved You So from Julie Amici & Dean Mueller, fans of alternative Americana get the tall drink of water they’d been craving most this spring. Hybridity has been all the rage in American music lately, and in I Loved You So, these two indie singer/songwriters push the limits of fusion balladry and experimental grooves as much as they can whilst staying true to a classic melodic concept, and for their efforts, it’s the audience that winds up rewarded with harmonies as sweet as freshly-picked apples.

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“Blind Beulah,” “Daddy,” the title track and “Faces in Things” conflict with the aesthetical comprisal of “Hot in the City,” “Frame it on the Wall” and “Read Through Tears” quite profoundly, but I love the artistic contrasts they display just the same. Julie Amici & Dean Mueller aren’t household names to the bulk of American audiences, but in this record, they aren’t letting their lack of recognition prevent them from getting as compositionally wild as their skillsets can allow for (which is a lot more than I can say for the many major label artists I’ve reviewed recently).

The vocals are incredibly commanding throughout I Loved You So, but in “Sardines and Saltines,” “Turn the Key” and “Read Through Tears” especially, they’re telling us more through the harmonies they contribute to than they do via the lyrics they sing. Tonality, as well as authentic melodicism, are clearly of upmost importance to Julie Amici & Dean Mueller, and in a time where Americana is sounding more eclectic than ever, it’s nice to come across a duo that has some serious interest in maintaining (and, inevitably, building upon) the genre’s pillars.

It would be really interesting to hear stripped-down versions of “I Wanted You,” “Frame it on the Wall” and “Hot in the City” sometime, as I think all three of these songs don’t need much more than their eroticized serenades to feel and sound as affective as they do here. I Loved You So doesn’t leave much room for sonic indulgence, but in the few instances where it does include a bit of compositional excess, I found it pretty interesting that, even with additional bells and whistles, the key components of their sound remain the strongest features present to us. Simply put, it’s got the polish to impress pop fiends, but the anti-artificial disposition to win over critics as well.

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You don’t have to be the biggest Americana fan on earth to fall in love with the harmonies contained in the eleven songs on Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So, but for those who can appreciate this genre for all of its classically endearing brilliance, it’s an album that belongs on your shelf this coming April without question. Amici & Mueller don’t hold anything back from us in this record, and I’m truly hoping this won’t be the only occasion on which they share a studio together.

John McCall

Another nice review for I Loved You So…

“..this is a record that hurls plenty of surprises in the direction of listeners, but at the end of the day, for all that it lacks in predictability it more than makes up for originality and a charming melodic nucleus that isn’t as common in modern music as it used to be.” – NK, Mobyorkcity.com

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller release intimate LP

Though Americana isn’t known for boasting the beastliest beats around, that didn’t stop Julie Amici & Dean Mueller from riddling their new album I Loved You So with some of the sexiest grooves on either side of the Mississippi this April. In tracks like the enigmatic “Hot in the City,” lush “Frame it on the Wall” and searing “I Wanted You,” rhythm is as big a role player as any other component in the music is – from the guitars to the vocals and back to the subtle basslines that emit understated textures in the background. For Julie Amici & Dean Mueller, leaving unutilized space in the master mix just wasn’t an option when constructing I Loved You So; here, efficiency, much like evocative musicianship, is of paramount importance at all times.URL: https://deanmueller.com/

The strings tell us a story all their own in “Read Through Tears,” “Sardines and Saltines,” “Flannel Shirt” and “Turn the Key,” and had they not been beefed up by the equalization, I’m not sure that they would have been as expressive an element as they undeniably are on this occasion. Where words can’t equate the broader emotions that Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are trying to impart to the audience in these songs, the guitar fills in the edges with an emotionality that even the most stirring of poetry could never get across to us, no matter how talented the singer translating it into melodic treasure may or may not be. This duo’s contemporaries could stand to learn something from their attention to detail, and more importantly, their adherence to simplicity over unnecessary complexities.

To me, I think that “Daddy,” “Hot in the City” and “I Wanted You” were crafted for the stage more than they were a studio setting, and although I enjoyed each of these songs in the form they’re presented to us in I Loved You So, my gut tells me that they would sound a lot more potent before a live audience. There’s so much heat in the harmonies of “Hot in the City” and “I Wanted You” in particular, and while the mix compensates for the limited space they’re afforded here fairly well, these tracks have unquestionably inspired me to try and see Julie Amici & Dean Mueller the next time they’re in a city near me (mostly to see how well their studio presence translates in person).

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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are fresh faces in the hierarchy of the American underground, but in I Loved You So, they show off an undeniable potential that is bound to have even the harshest of critics raising an eyebrow this spring. From the rustling grooves of its title track to the somber strings that adorn its closing number in “Read Through Tears,” this is a record that hurls plenty of surprises in the direction of listeners, but at the end of the day, for all that it lacks in predictability it more than makes up for originality and a charming melodic nucleus that isn’t as common in modern music as it used to be.

Nicole Killian

The reviews are rolling in.

“Both lyrically and instrumentally, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller turn in an Americana offering for the ages in I Loved You So, and while it’s not the only alternative LP you should be listening to this April, it’s an emotional effort that fans of this genre should be regarding as a top notch release at any rate.” – MM, IndiePulseMusic

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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s new album “I Loved You So”

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s new album “I Loved You So”

Growling like a wild animal just awakening from a long hibernation and now itching to take a bite out of life once more, the sizzling electric guitar that we hear in the opening bars of “Flannel Shirt” immediately clues us in as to the chill-inducing melodicism about to come pouring out of the speakers here, in Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s new album I Loved You So, but it isn’t until we’re deep in the clutches of “Daddy” that the multilayered nature of the music this pair is producing takes its full shape. On the back of the swinging groove in this song, we move forward into the blues-style crunch of the spellbinding “Hot in the City,” and before we know it, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller are controlling every move our hips make.

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The title cut in I Loved You So changes gears from the urban swagger of “Hot in the City” over to an old-timey folk rhythm and harmonizing vocals between Amici & Mueller that warm listeners up like a crackling fire in the dead of winter, and following its quiet melodic march, even more acoustic-bound grooves come flowing from our stereo in the form of “Blind Beulah,” one of my favorite songs on the LP. This number isn’t quite as textured a tune as the Dean Mueller-focused “Turn the Key” is, but while they make for odd neighbors in this tracklist on the surface, they have a lot more in common compositionally than it would seem upon closer inspection.

“Faces in Things” keeps the folky energy of the last three songs going at full-steam before turning us over to another haunting crossover track in “I Wanted You,” which along with “Hot in the City” sports a bassline binding together its rhythm and rhymes so tightly that any music enthusiast will be weak at the knees even in a cursory examination of its sway. There’s a similarly dark undertow to “Frame it on the Wall,” though in this song, the bassline definitely steps out of the master mix to make room for a blushing lead vocal from Amici that could melt ice at the right volume. This track isn’t as swanky a tune as “Sardines and Saltines” is, but overall, I wouldn’t have changed its placement in the arrangement of songs for anything – the flow of material here is just too good to make any alterations.

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I Loved You So comes to a conclusion with the stone cold ballad “Read Through Tears,” a composition provoked by tragedy but clearly conceived with the intentions of inspiring a bit of hope amidst the trying times we happen to call the present, and in the moments that follow its final note, it’s hard to shake the narrative of this closing song from our minds. Both lyrically and instrumentally, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller turn in an Americana offering for the ages in I Loved You So, and while it’s not the only alternative LP you should be listening to this April, it’s an emotional effort that fans of this genre should be regarding as a top notch release at any rate.

Mindy McCall

 

What do people say bout you?

This question is good to ponder honestly every now and then.

The answer helps us evaluate ourselves, the lives we truly want to lead, and the impact we have on the lives of others.When you are an artist this takes on unique significance as we impact people’s emotions and lives every time we perform. This impact digs deeper when you write your own songs… record them… produce them… and then finally… send them out into the world to live forever. These songs are art, they represent who we are, where we’ve been, and capture an essence of what it is like to be alive now. Music is our legacy. We are the songs that we write, and they are us.

As musicians and songwriters, our dynamic musical tastes make it neither fair nor easy to put us in a box. While this complicates things from a marketing perspective, we view it as a strength, especially now.

Our new album represents this dynamic-ism, and as the various reviews roll in it’s clear to see others also view this as a strength. It really strikes us how everyone seems to view this record, and us, as different. This is just the beginning, but so far we like what we are hearing. In a time where we cannot perform and receive the “energy feedback” from an audience, we rely on the kind words of others for feedback.

We have a few quotes listed below along with links to the full reviews. We hope you have a chance to check these out, and feel free to leave your comments in the blog below, we would love to hear from you.

Our thanks again to everyone who helped make this possible, particularly the artists who recorded with us: Alan Hager, Thad Beckman, Chris Carlson, Mike Gamble, Dave Fleschner, and Alan Jones. Your contributions to this record and our lives is immeasurable. And thank you to you, our fans, without your love and encouragement, we wouldn’t exist and neither would the music.

Peace, Julie & Dean

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“Fans of the emerging new wave of Americana can’t go wrong with Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So this spring, and unless their competitors in the underground can muster up something solid between now and December 31st, I think this LP will remain the top contender for best eclectic/folk record of the 2020s so far.”VentsMagazine
“Both lyrically and instrumentally, Julie Amici & Dean Mueller turn in an Americana offering for the ages in I Loved You So, and while it’s not the only alternative LP you should be listening to this April, it’s an emotional effort that fans of this genre should be regarding as a top notch release at any rate.”IndiePulseMusic

“You don’t have to be the biggest Americana fan on earth to fall in love with the harmonies contained in the eleven songs on Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So, but for those who can appreciate this genre for all of its classically endearing brilliance, it’s an album that belongs on your shelf this coming April without question. Amici & Mueller don’t hold anything back from us in this record, and I’m truly hoping this won’t be the only occasion on which they share a studio together.”
TooMuchLoveMagazine

Links to Full Reviews:  VentsMagazineIndiePulseMusicTooMuchLoveMagazine

For a limited time we are giving away the latest single from our most recent album. Just enter your name and email address in the right hand side of this site and you will be immediately sent the download link to the free tracks.

So enter your name and email address now, and enjoy the ride, we have some stories to tell you!

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“Americana in the old-school sense – sincere stories of family, life, and love reminiscent of a bygone era in songwriting”

…and now you can download our latest single for free!

Listen to what others are saying about “I Loved You So…”

“Fans of the emerging new wave of Americana can’t go wrong with Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So …,  I think this LP will remain the top contender for best eclectic/folk record of the 2020s so far.” – VentsMagazine

“Nestled comfortably in the soles of old-school Americana, the kind of music that they create transports listeners into home-sewn stories of family, life, and love….” – For Folks Sake

“Julie has one of those voices that draws you into the music immediately… ideally matching the atmosphere behind her songwriting and vocal talents” – Cascade Blues Notes

“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.” – Americana UK

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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller make Americana in the old-school sense. Their new LP I Loved You So is a thick, low-simmering stew of country, folk and blues peppered with subtle hints of jazz and gospel. Several singles have already been released and the record is due to release on May 1st.

Julie and Dean have garnered awards and established an admirable reputation for their talents as top performers and show promoters in the Northwest. In the last two years they have shifted much of their focus to songwriting and performance of their own original material.

The songs that they are creating harken back to a classic era of American folk songwriting. With an emphasis on classic storytelling with fair, honest, and realistic characters that are interesting and express universal themes of life in the past and the present.

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“Julie and Dean are a source of inspiration. They are creating music that is relevant to themselves and relevant to people that can identify with them. We are very pleased with the production of this record, but in the end, their stories are what this record is all about.” – Alan Jones, producer

“I have been performing music most of my life and I finally realized I have the capability to write songs that matter to people. Stories have been hold up in my mind for a long time, and like Bob Dylan said “I figured I could send a truck back for it later”. Well, I’m backing the truck up now, it’s time to make a bigger impact on the world.” – Dean Mueller

“I write songs about truth… digging beneath the surface to reveal an empathy we all feel when the clear reflection of someone else matches our own. It could be a love, a struggle, a solitude.” – Julie Amici

For a limited time we are giving away the latest single from our most recent album. Just enter your name and email address in the right hand side of this site and you will be immediately sent the download link to the free tracks.

So enter your name and email address now, and enjoy the ride, we have some stories to tell you!

Cheers, Julie & Dean

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A Message from Dean Mueller

Hello Friends, Family, and Fans,

I have a song/video that I’d like to share with you!

I wrote this song for my son a couple years ago and the message is very timely and relevant to many of us these days. We really miss you, performing with each other, and being with the ones we love. This song is about keeping the faith until the storm passes. Please have a listen to and I hope it is meaningful to you.

 

– love to you all, peace,  Dean

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“Julie and Dean are a source of inspiration. They are creating music that is relevant to themselves and relevant to people that can identify with them. We are very pleased with the production of this record, but in the end, their stories are what this record is all about.”– Alan Jones, producer

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Lyrics:

Cast my fate into the wind
Life’s river running by
You don’t need me to tell you now
What’s right before your eyes

Can you see the rocky road
We travel day to day
It ain’t on you to understand
But it ain’t right not to say

Don’t drift away oh…oh.. oh
Don’t drift away
Heaven only knows, I”l be back here to stay
Don’t drift away oh…oh.. oh
Don’t drift away
I need you more tomorrow
Than I did just yesterday
Don’t drift away

The time has come to hit the road
My memories by my side
When the storm is clear I’ll be right back
Oh please oh don’t you cry

Can you see I love you so
You feel it now I pray
I don’t talk much to Jesus
But I asked for help today

CHORUS Don’t Drift Away….

With the darkness cast aside
Like demons swept away
The lights about to shine on us
Like a sunny holidayCan you see I’m comin’ home
To life better than before
Save that place reserved for me
I’ll be knockin’ on the door

CHORUS Don’t Drift Away….

Glide is proud to premiere “Flannel Shirt” (below) a radiant and cozy track for these quarantined times, that strums with Cowboy Junkies’ alt country-folk- Americana musicianship and languid guitars. This duo places melody and delicate soundscapes into a fully realized song effort. The theme of “Flannel Shirt” serves as a metaphor for rejuvenation when the storm ends, something we can all obviously relate to, as Amici explains below the song player…

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SONG PREMIERE: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller Decorate “Flannel Shirt” With Cozy & Jazzy Americana

 

SONG PREMIERE: JULIE AMICI & DEAN MUELLER DECORATE “FLANNEL SHIRT” WITH COZY & JAZZY AMERICANA

         

   

  

    

  

   

      

Another single is on it’s way: “Turn The Key” Premiers on Elmore Magazine:

Mueller told Elmore, “‘Turn the Key’ starts back in 2008 when I went to the Blues Music Awards with The Insomniacs. I went the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi and met Rat, who ran the place and grew up there as a child. Rat’s mom converted what had been a black hospital into a hotel. Rat had this routine—you had to look through the guestbook. You had to sit down, and listen to all his old stories about these blues legends. It was an essential part of the whole experience. Rat told me about John Lee Hooker having two rooms while he stayed there, one for his wife and one for his girlfriend.

Read more about the origins of this song HERE!

PREMIERE: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller Turn the Key

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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller slow-simmer country, folk and blues, pepper it with subtle hints of jazz and gospel and cook up their very own Americana recipe. As writers, recording artists and live performers, they bring their talents not only to music’s customary audiences, but to disadvantaged children, people with autism and the elderly.

Julie wrote most of the songs on their first EPYellow Roses, and rooted them in her childhood, with a resulting sweetness. I Loved You So is grownup stuff, grittier, more electrified, sexier, and more a combination of each of their musical roots. “It’s definitely less wholesome,” Mueller commented.

Amici and Mueller met on the Portland music scene, started playing together in 2014, and before long, they were touring up and down the Oregon coast. Amici’s creative head is in the clouds, while Mueller has grounded ideas and a talent for bringing them to fruition. On stage and off, it’s a winning pairing.

The duo use their music to make a difference in the world whenever possible, securing grants for a school district, bringing workshops to geographically isolated students and live music to senior centers, all through partnerships or their own Fly Me to the Moon organization. “Any way that we can give back to the community is very meaningful to us,” Amici says.

Mueller told Elmore, “‘Turn the Key’ starts back in 2008 when I went to the Blues Music Awards with The Insomniacs. I went the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi and met Rat, who ran the place and grew up there as a child. Rat’s mom converted what had been a black hospital into a hotel. Rat had this routine—you had to look through the guestbook. You had to sit down, and listen to all his old stories about these blues legends. It was an essential part of the whole experience. Rat told me about John Lee Hooker having two rooms while he stayed there, one for his wife and one for his girlfriend.

“When he checked me into the hotel that first time, Rat told me: ‘To get into the room you take the key, you put it in the hole and you turn it towards the river.’ I thought, ‘I’m gonna use that someday.’ I went back to stay again, and walked through town taking note of everything I saw—5th & Sunflower, the spires, the tombstones, Cathead Records, Hambone’s—a lot of the imagery associated with Clarksdale.  And I just started creating stories. ”

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is out May 1.

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Another single is on it’s way: “Frame It On The Wall” Premiers on Americana UK.

“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.”

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Track Premiere: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller “Frame It On The Wall”

 

Track Premiere: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller “Frame It On The Wall”

What can one say about Julie Amici and Dean Mueller?  Well Julie’s the sweet one of the duo.  Hey, don’t take my word for it, listen to Dean comparing their new album ‘I Loved You So‘ to their debut EP ‘Yellow Roses‘ – “It’s definitely less wholesome, on the first EP, Julie wrote most of the songs, and they had roots in her childhood. It was very meaningful to her, and it was sweet because Julie is sweet. ‘I Loved You So’ is more collaborative—more a combination of both our musical personalities. ”  Although Julie Amici has certain thoughts too “Compared to ‘Yellow Roses’, ‘I Loved You So’ is a little grittier, more electrified, and sexier” adding after a pause “… I hope!”  Here at Americana UK we really can’t comment – never having had to just rely on hope to define our sexiness.

Anyway, Julie is sweet, Dean is less wholesome – what about their sound?  ‘Frame It on the Wall‘  is the essence of a breezy tune coupled to nagging doubt – fundamentally Julie Amici sings about the worry of ever making it big, of ever being the same as musicians she admires “could I ever be like that? Will I ever be that good? Do I have what it takes? Can I work that hard?”  It’s sound was framed by working with producer Alan Jones, who has his own career as a jazz-drummer, and pulls out elements and add in a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.

‘I Loved You So’ will be released on April 10th.

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“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.”Americana UK, March 2020