Dean Station Bio:
With rich two-part harmonies, introspective writing, and musical accompaniment ranging from mandolin to acoustic guitar, Dean Station creates a progressive acoustic style that draws heavily on folk, bluegrass, and country to make a distinct sound that is rooted in tradition, yet contemporary.
Levi Dean, 23, was born into a family of songwriters and artists. He got his first mandolin from his dad when he was a teenager, and, as a self taught musician, has been playing and writing music ever since. Levi grew up in Virginia and went to school in the Appalachian Mountains. There, he played in a progressive bluegrass band called The Blueweeds. He moved to Taos, New Mexico 3 years ago, where he formed a band with his brother, Andy, aptly named The Dean Boys. With a mind to making music that would reach a broader audience, Levi moved Albuquerque in 2004 and formed Dean Station with Amanda Trainer. Levi's style is influenced by a diverse group of musicians and songwriters including his dad and brother, Michael and Andy Dean, Hank Williams Sr., Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Band, Led Zeppelin, and David Grisman.
Amanda Dean, 25, was born into a family with a love of music and fine arts. She grew up singing with her Mom and began playing the guitar at the age of 11. Amanda is from the San Francisco Bay Area and moved to New Mexico in 2001 to pursue a career in fine arts. At this point, Amanda had moved away from music, but after having met Levi, she was drawn back into her childhood passion. She considers herself more of a poet than a songwriter, and credits Levi with helping her turn her poetry into music. Amanda's other influences are Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, and Billy Joel.