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Third Single "I Don't Think She Knows" Out Now!

Featuring Kenny Aronoff & Michael Cleveland

My third single “I Don’t Think She Knows” is here. It’s a bit of an origin story for me as it explores growing up in rural Kentucky but the real point of the song is to show gratitude to my amazing mom and all those incredible women who put their kids first to give them a better life. Kenny Aronoff takes us back to the glory days with Mellencamp and his drums sound like they came straight out of a 1987 Time Machine. Michael Cleveland is back to put the heart in this love letter to the Heartland. It’s a late Mother’s Day gift and when I sent my mom the music video, she said it wasn’t very nice to make your mom cry. She then shared it with all her friends. And they all cried. But they were tears of joy - and love. Please listen to this improbable band as the powerful stories fill your heart and their musicianship takes your breath away. No beats, songwriting teams, focus groups or topliners, these legendary players joined me because they love the songs and wanted to help me make them soar. The album drops June 16th and we will give you thirteen reasons to fall in love with music all over again.

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Official Music Video for "I Don't Think She Knows" (feat. Kenny Aronoff & Michael Cleveland)

New Music Video is a tribute to my mom and all the amazing women who work so hard to give their children a better life.

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New Article from All Country News

June 1, 2023

A huge thanks to the folks at All Country News for their kind words and love for my new single, "I Don't Think She Knows"


New Single, News, CDs and Dolby Atmos?!?

June 1, 2023

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"Hey Human" Podcast With Susan Ruth

June 1, 2023

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April 25, 2023

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'Land Where The Wishes Come True' Album Cover Revealed. Album Release Date June 16, 2023

April 20, 2023

'Land Where The Wishes Come True' album to be released June 16, 2023

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Famous Musicians Help Make Album

February 9, 2021

This article was published by the award-winning 'Kentucky Standard' newspaper about the upcoming album 'Land Where The Wishes Come True' and the Grammy winning artists who made it possible.

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Borrowed Time Article

September 2019

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February 16, 2023

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Dean M. Collins signs with Dr. Music Records!

February 16, 2023

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The Band

February 16, 2023

The Band: Dean Collins, Kenny Aronoff, James LoMenzo, Michael Cleveland, Justin Moses, Smokin' Brett Resnick, Jimmy Zavala, Doug Pettibone, Ty Bailie, Fran Banish and More.


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January 22, 2020

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August 19, 2019

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Dean M. Collins

If you are looking to dig a little deeper into some of the stories shared through my music, you’ve come to the right place. If you long for the days when songwriting came from the heart, welcome. You will find links to music, photographs, videos, news, and lyrics and hopefully a blog from time to time. We are all on borrowed time and I’m so glad you are spending a little of that here. 

My new album 'Land Where The Wishes Come True' will be released Summer of 2023 and the title track drops in just a few days. I have assembled a killer band; actually, a Super-Band, to help me tell these powerful stories and remind music fans that words and musicianship matter and that authenticity, not focus groups, makes Country, Americana and Bluegrass so great. Kenny Arononoff, Michael Cleveland, Justin Moses, James LoMenzo, Smokin' Brett Resnick, Doug Pettibone, Jimmy Zavala, and Ty Bailie are here to restore your faith in music and these stories just might restore a bit of your faith in humanity. Get ready to leave the big cities and highways and come along with us as we search for the land where the wishes come true. We are putting the heart back in Heartland; one song at a time.

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I grew up on a Farm in Kentucky after moving around Indiana for a few years. My dad shared his favorite music with me every time I was in the car with him as he drove from farm to farm as a salesman for Ralston Purina. Rural America just felt so real and authentic and I loved meeting the farmers who tried to eke out a humble existence in the Heartland. The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Creedence & Johnny Cash provided the soundtrack to my childhood and I picked up a guitar and started writing songs pretty young. 
Growing up poor, I couldn’t really afford college, so I applied for a NROTC scholarship and was lucky to go to a great school. I studied Film and Theatre and began playing in bands and recording music. I became a Navy Pilot after graduation and flew in a few wars - which put music on hold for awhile. After the Navy, I became a US commercial airline pilot and now fly as a Captain with a major carrier. Over time, I’ve been able to come back to my passion other than flying; music. 
Through fate, coincidence or dumb luck, an amazing group of artists and creatives have joined me on my latest project. I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to share my stories with the help of some living legends and I am beyond grateful to everyone who has helped me on this journey. I’m not doing music for fame, financial gain or vanity reasons. I just want to share my passion, words and melodies with people. For one of my passions, I pilot a plane through the blue skies hoping to connect loved ones. I also pilot words through melodies hoping to connect people to their own humanity. It feels like we have never been more connected as a society while being so disconnected from the  relationships that matter in the here and now. Hey, all you dreamers, come with me...

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DEAN M. COLLINS pays tribute to his American dream with his new Country Music single “Land Where The Wishes Come True” [feat. Michael Cleveland & Justin Moses] and accompanying music video

Today, California-based musician DEAN M. COLLINS releases his first single taken from the same-titled album “Land Where The Wishes Come True”, to be released 06/16/2023 via Dr. Music Records. Featuring an exciting and entertaining blend of Country Music, Americana and Bluegrass, the singer-songwriter reflects on his eventful life as a Kentucky farmer’s son, Delta Air Lines captain and former U.S. Navy pilot, as well as a family man and musician. He is supported by renowned guest musicians who altogether have received more than 60 Grammy Awards. On the title track, bluegrass fiddle virtuoso Michael Cleveland and Justin Moses, who has won multiple awards as Dobro Player of the Year, accompany him as guest musicians. With their instruments, they give the track a unique flair, and towards the end, fitting for the closing of the message, they celebrate a triumphant musical finale with their dueling, fulminant solos. “Land Where The Wishes Come True” is a love letter to his father and traces the arc of his life. DEAN M. COLLINS experienced hard and debilitating moments but also great solidarity as the son of a farmer in his birthplace of Bardstown, Kentucky, where his family once sold their distillery to James and Joseph Beam. “Land Where The Wishes Come True” expresses the solid connections and friendships the musician has made throughout his varied life. These are precisely the bonds he deals with on his album with great sensitivity and acumen, whether between lovers, parents and their children, or the cohesion among farm workers. Beautifully and tenderly, the memories of the parental farm are processed in the title track, among others. Much like Woodie Guthrie’s iconic classic “This Land Is Your Land”, the song celebrates those who work hard against all odds and describes the farmer’s tough family life, caring for his family but also his rural workers and wanting to please everyone. Life always brings new challenges leading to complicated decisions as time passes, ultimately making the finite nature of our existence a reality. From this experience, new life desires arise, making the ever-growing American dream tangible on the journey to California. The ideal introduction to this musical masterpiece is now presented in the music video for the new single, produced by Arroyo Filmworks. Here, the meaning of the lyrics is brought to life in expressive imagery:

With “Land Where The Wishes Come True” [feat. Michael Cleveland & Justin Moses], DEAN M. COLLINS has produced an exceptional, contemporary Americana anthem to the American dream, available now at all streaming services and download stores:

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On the album “Land Where The Wishes Come True”, Kenny Aronoff’s (e.g. Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Lady Gaga) dynamic drumming provides the foundation along with bassist James LoMenzo (e.g. White Lion, Black Label Society, Megadeth), while Smokin’ Brett Resnick (e.g. Kacey Musgraves, Brookes & Dunn) gives the songs his own accents with the pedal steel guitar. The same applies to Justin Moses’ (e.g. Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton) harmonic dobro, mandolin and banjo playing, as well as Michael Cleveland’s (e.g. Béla Fleck, Flamekeeper, Alison Kraus) filigree playing of the bluegrass fiddle and Jimmy Zavala’s (e.g. Eurythmics, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, Jeff Beck) brilliant harmonica playing. Through this project’s broad experience and musical class, the album unfolds a detailed sound cosmos of Country Music, Americana and Bluegrass, which also features Pop accents and references to musical greats such as R.E.M. and Paul McCartney. Recorded by Dave Jenkins and Ralph Cacciurri (e.g. Glenn Frey, Coldplay, Ludacris) at Uncommon Studios LA and Parhelion Studios, several of the 13 songs were mixed and produced with DEAN M. COLLINS’ longtime friend and musical companion Thom Russo (e.g. Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash, Macy Gray) in Los Angeles, whose skillful production brought together the manifold inspirations and influences. Gavin Lurssen, who has already refined albums by the Foo Fighters, Robert Plant or the Game Of Thrones soundtrack, is responsible for the mastering. Together with DEAN M. COLLINS’ vocals, they all provide a clear and inviting sound that turns the album, digitally penned by Richard Touzimsky, with meaningful lyrics into an extraordinary Country Music masterpiece. DEAN M. COLLINS’ new songs invite on a journey of past loves, missed opportunities, precious bonds and experiences, all gathered along his life’s path. Thereby, an incomparable squad of world-class musicians recorded the beautifully scored, earthy Americana and Country Music songs. “Land Where The Wishes Come True” is an idealized America for DEAN M. COLLINS, where dreams become tangible, and deprivation and respect come first. 

Those who want now to discover more about DEAN M. COLLINS and the multifaceted backstory of his songs are encouraged to check out, the Pasadena-based musical pilot’s website at and his social media profiles on and

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Coming Home Music Video

Video and images from the film 'Wonder: The Lives of Anna and Harlan Hubbard' by Documentary Filmmaker Morgan Atkinson.

Special thanks to fellow Kentuckians Morgan Atkinson and Micheal Cleveland.

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