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Roots Singer/Songwriter Dean Alexander Releases 10-Track Debut Devil Man's Blues October 18; Self-Produced Record Features Dark Humor, Bright Folk-Rock Melodies with Cameos by Todd Snider, Lillie Mae, Aaron Lee Tasjan and More
Dean Alexander writes about himself, spinning a rich (and, at times, tragic) backstory into raw, rugged roots music laced with dark humor, bright melodies, and instrumentation that splits the difference between 1970s folk-rock and modern-day Americana.
A singular character who's as proudly left-of-center as his own songs, Alexander shines a light on his traumas and triumphs with his full-length debut, Devil Man's Blues. Don't mistake him for a rookie, though. He's a time-tested survivor of Nashville's music industry, having earned his stripes as a Gibson Guitar luthier, Lower Broadway performer, major-label artist, and A-list songwriter long before embracing his independence with Devil Man's Blues. Released in October 2019, the album pairs Alexander with other singular solo artists of his generation — Todd Snider, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and Lillie Mae, all of whom make appearances on the album — while carving out the singer's own signature corner of the roots-music world.
"You have to give up everything, or you get nothing," says Alexander, who reaches deep into his own past for Devil Man's Blues' inspiration. It's a past that's complexly checkered, involving everything from the loss of his parents — both of whom passed away when he was still a child — to his subsequent raising at the hands of his deeply-religious grandparents, who brought Alexander up in an environment that prized faith over freedom…