"Land Where The Wishes Come True" Out Now!
"A return to the instrumentation that our genre craves. With an incredible blend of the best of Country, Americana, and Bluegrass moods combined with vivid stories, Collins perfectly captures his stories in song." ~ All Country News
It's been a long and winding gravel road, but the album is finally here. Some chance meetings, hard work, some dumb luck and a lifetime of never losing faith in music led to this improbable collaboration of Grammy and IBMA winning musicians and an embarrassingly stellar production team. The journey from a family farm in Kentucky to California has not been a straight line and there have been twists and turns, but music has always been my North Star. The music I loved to listen to as a kid with my mom and dad crept into my musical DNA and the echos are in these songs. The classics by Johnny Cash, Buffalo Springfield, The Eagles, America, John Mellencamp, Dylan and so many more inspired the younger me to pick up a guitar and carry it everywhere. These songs pay tribute to the American Dream; the one I saw in the Heartland in the late Sixties and early Seventies where Farmers worked so hard to give their families a better life. You will hear songs of love, loss, broken homes, humble beginnings, regrets, second chances, gratitude, and ultimately, hope. As a former Navy Carrier Pilot, I learned the importance of bringing overwhelming force to a conflict. Kenny Aronoff, James LoMenzo, Michael Cleveland, Justin Moses, Smokin' Brett Resnick, Ty Bailie, Doug Pettibone, Jimmy Zavala provide that firepower and I'm as humbled to have worked with them as I am thrilled to share these beautiful songs with all of you. We blended Americana, Country, Bluegrass and a dab of Laurel Canyon together into something new while channeling the great artists who inspired us all. I hope you love it and I hope the songs make tap your feet while they tug your heartstrings. These stories are a celebration of our shared humanity and I would be honored to have you join us on this musical journey to the land where the wishes come true.
"Land Where The Wishes Come True" Album Trailer
Excerpts from an interview with Nashville's Craig Havighurst, song snippets and clips from the three music videos.
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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' is out now. 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 put the heart back in the Heartland; one song at a time.
What’s your Story?
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...