Now, you have to understand one thing about Dean Irons: he is not afraid to write and sing about personal feelings. His first CD, called 'Second Chance,' is a message about mistakes and forgiveness and learning how to be a better person. His new CD speaks to the power of love and how it really is the answer to the problems of the world. There is also a love song to his wife called 'For Your Love,' and a song about being in a band called 'The Gig.' The song 'Family' rounds out the CD. It was written for his family to let them know how deeply he loves them and how important they are to his life. Dean started playing the drums at age 10. It started with a snare and a cymbal, then a family friend gave him a full drum set and he was off and running. With a love of rock and roll, he also played jazz with much older musicians, once playing in front of 500 people at age 10. He then picked up the guitar at age 16, but it took a long time to gain real confidence with this instrument, for he was always in the shadow of other players. His voice lacked confidence as well. At the same time, he was working on being a singer and guitar player, he was pounding out dynamic rhythms in various garage bands. His first was called 'Firewater,' which stayed together from 1973-74. Here and there, he was able to sing a few songs, and he finally became comfortable singing behind the drums in a great local seacoast band called McBeth, considered one of the best in the area with a strong fan base. After three years with McBeth, he kept playing drums in an assortment of bands from country to hard rock. During this period, his songwriting and guitar playing were getting much better, and band members would start asking him to play guitar instead of drums. In the mid 80s, he linked up with another singer-songwriter named Frank Smith, and Dean played drums in a band with him called The Sneakers. Things were running on all cylinders; he was singing many songs and writing and co-writing original material. This was a fun period of music for him, and he learned a great deal about songwriting from Frank. Frank died of lung cancer in 1993. Dean learned how to play bass in a country band for a year and a half, all the while working on guitar riffs. All his hard work paid off, and voila! He became a good guitar player. He then formed his own band called the Dean Irons Band, to promote his new CD, 'Second Chance,' playing all around the NH/Maine Seacoast area. He received great feedback on it. So that led him to write, perform, record and produce his latest work, called Love Is. His wife of 27 years and his son play and sing on several tracks. He also gets some wonderful piano work on 'It's All About the People' from Sherry Stromski and bass and keyboard from Jim McDougall, both highly regarded professional musicians. Dean draws from influences such as Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt. Two of the songs on Love Is--'Only a Memory' and 'Funky Frank'--were written around long-ago guitar work recorded by Frank. Dean was so moved by his playng that he formed full songs around Frank's music. Listen to the rhythm guitar on both songs, and you'll hear Frank. (As a tribute to Frank, Dean donates 10% of all proceeds to uninsured cancer patients at York Hospital in York, ME.) Dean pulls together all his talent from singing, songwriting, bass, drums, keyboards and harmonies to complete his latest CD. He hopes you'll enjoy the music.
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