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Dean Maywood – Jane

This song is John Prine, it is Neil Young, it is Jackson Browne, but after all it’s Dean Maywood. For 99 cents (or $1.29) you get a piece of his soul.

Dean Maywood ’s early 2019 release of single, Jane gives hope and deliverance to a genre lost, but never forgotten. The singer/songwriter and Americana element within this track is, in fact, the artform at its purest and most honest state.

Irishman, Dean Maywood expertly crafts an evening-experience into a ballad of everyman for the listener’s voyeuristic enjoyment or even to relive a similar experience. Jane opens with a beautiful, brut acoustic guitar which never leaves our side throughout this whole experience, nor does Maywood; he’s here with you until morning. The track is decorated with weeping and moaning steel guitar swells of the early 70s and haunting female backing vocals that help invoke a mood of emptiness and despair.

a beautiful, brut acoustic guitar which never leaves our side throughout this whole experience, nor does Maywood.

Dean Maywood

Maywood, with his genuine, storytelling, real-life serenade, vocally transports and exhumes skeletons of Wilco’s Summerteeth album or anything by Justin Townes Earle. Jane is a track that could transcend time and generations. It is testament that, if your music is plumb and honest, it doesn’t need studio gymnastics. It’s just a look through the eyes of the creator, the retelling of a story by an expert narrator. This song is John Prine, it is Neil Young, it is Jackson Browne, but after all it’s Dean Maywood. For 99 cents (or $1.29) you get a piece of his soul.

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Chris Ambrosino
the authorChris Ambrosino
Reviewer & Playlist curator
Chris Ambrosino hails from the Catskill region of New York and has been a performer and songwriter since 1987. He also has worked as an art director and graphic artist for several organizations. Chris currently plays and writes for indie band, Blue Ribbon and is a contributing writer for the Alt. Daily blog and For The Love Of Bands website. He has resided in Hampton Roads, VA since 1994.

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