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by Dean Stevens

Original and Traditional Songs; English and Spanish; guitar, voice with minimal instrumentation and vocal harmony; Nueva Canción
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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1. Family
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2. Rain Night
4:07 $0.99
3. The Ant and the Grasshopper
2:40 $0.99
4. Let the Band Play Dixie
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5. Tininiska
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6. Mis Razones
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7. Even a Gray Day
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8. Recuerdos De Amanda
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9. Just a Seed
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10. The Children Knew Ben
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11. Bridges/Puentes
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12. Common Ground
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Album Notes
For twenty five years Dean Stevens has
delighted audiences of all ages throughout the
Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive
style and wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught
guitar style with a versatile and expressive
singing voice. He has established himself as
a formidable creator and interpreter of a
wide spectrum of songs in English and Spanish.
His own material explores a variety of personal
and social topics, paints sketches of people and
places, celebrates the Earth, and
annoys the narrow minded.

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Dean Stevens
is a lifelong student of Latin America. He
learned Spanish at an early age, and readily
absorbed the musical and topical influences
of the region. He travels frequently to
Central America, and has become known
for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of
refugees returning to their homes
in El Salvador and Guatemala.

Dean Stevens has five highly acclaimed
recordings to his credit. His 2008 release, \"At Last\",
comes after a thirteen year child rearing sabbatical
turned mondical,tuesdical, wednesdical. It
is a collection of songs in English and Spanish,
his most produced work to date, featuring a host of amazing
guest appearances (Laura Cortese, Aoife O\'Donovan, Bob Lucas, Denny Williams, Ritt Henn, Kallet Epstein and Cicone, David Dodson.



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Willie Sordillo

Dean Stevens: Good Then, Still Good Now!
I recently listened to some recordings that a couple of old friends made many years ago, Seeds, from Dean Stevens, recorded in 1989, and Ben Tousley’s compilation, Open the Gates, which was released in 1998 but includes songs from recordings going back to his 1987 LP, Standing There with You. I hadn’t listened to either of these in a long time, and though I was involved in the making of each, and on one level on intimate terms, I heard them with fresh ears. In both cases, I was struck by the strong selection of songs, both those composed by Dean and Ben, and those they had chosen by other songwriters, the poetry of the lyrics matched perfectly to the melodies and rich harmonies which carried them. While addressing different themes in different ways, personal, political, head-on and poetically abstract, in the end, each album presented a unified, coherent statement, a world view that had to do, at its fundamental core, with resilience and hope growing out of love. I was struck by the meticulous care that went into the arrangement of each song, the appropriateness of the instrumentation to deepen the meaning and mood, the range of bare voice and guitar to rhythm section and horns. I paused at the realization that my too soon gone friend Stanley Swann’s drums graced several of these performances. And I was swept into the beauty of the singing and guitar playing throughout. At one point, as I listened to Dean sing “Seeds” while driving along the Mass Pike, I was overcome with the feeling that this simple yet majestic beauty is exactly what I need to survive these cruel times, and I thought, “Attempting to create beauty is all there is now.” And then I was immediately struck by what a privileged thing that is to feel, that it has to also be about working for justice. But as I thought about this, and thought about those collections of songs, some addressing grave situations, terrible in their beauty, I realized that though beauty can and must thrive even where there is no justice (witness jazz, for starters) there can be no justice without beauty. Thanks, Dean and Ben, for sharing yours.

Sally Van Vleck

This is a fabulous CD; Dean's beautiful, rich voice; wonderful, heartfelt lyrics some in English, some in Spanish; his song "Family" has become a classic in our household; I also love "The Children Knew Ben", "Even a Gray Day" and, well, ALL of the songs! Even if you don't know Dean, you will love this CD.