Dean and Julie were the winners of the Solo/Duo category at the Cascade Blues Association’s Journey To Memphis competition. The competition took place at Vinyl Tap on June 3rd 2017 to earn the honor to represent the CBA at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Jan 16-20 2018.
We are beyond excited to announce that Julie Amici will be celebrating the release of the new Yellow Roses EP on May 29th at Lake Theater & Cafe. The project is the result of a 6-month collaboration between Julie Amici, Dean Mueller and their producer Alan Jones. The release party will feature Timberbound as the opening act, followed by performances of the songs written for the EP.
In the last couple of years, Julie Amici has been nominated for the “Best New Act” and “Best Traditional Act” CBA’s Muddy Award’s. The Yellow Roses EP is a significant departure from the jazz and blues vibe that Dean & Julie are most noted for and takes a significant turn in the America direction with all original compositions. To help with the recording, they enlisted one of their regular guitar players, Alan Hager, from the Curtis Salgado Band, keeping continuity with their blues past. To move in the acoustic/Americana direction, they enlisted the help of Gavin Duffy on banjo and mandolin and Jenny Estrin on violin. Gavin and Jenny are both members of Timberbound, a regional folk act lead by Joe Seamons.
Timberbound will be kicking off the party with a set featuring its own renditions of folk songs, taking the audience on a tour of old sawmills, logger’s cabins, and fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. The debut viewing of the “Yellow Roses” video will start the second set. The TImberbound cast will then be joining Julie Amici, Dean Mueller, Alan Hager, and Alan Jones for a stirring live rendition of the Yellow Roses EP. We hope you will join us!
The Music Monday series features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lakeside Theater and Café is a state-of-the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant. This event is all-ages and showtime is 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm. A Sellout it expected so advanced purchase is recommended. Tickets are $15.00 for general admission ($80 for a reserved VIP table up front) and can be purchased online at https://
106 NORTH STATE ST LAKE OSWEGO
Doors 6:00pm Music starts at 7 pm.
Ticket price is $15.
Photo credit: Trav Williams, Broken Banjo Photography
A Tribute to Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn featuring Julie Amici and Mary Cameron
Ticket NOW Available HERE
Two of the Northwest’s most renowned female singers, Mary Cameron and Julie Amici, will join forces to perform a musical tribute to the great country artists Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. The talented Portland area vocalists have been performing their own tribute shows regularly to sold-out houses throughout Oregon and Washington. They are taking their combined show on the road to visit various theaters in the region and their first such performance will be March 31st at the North Coast Recreation District Performing Arts Center in Nehalem, Oregon.
Julie Amici has recently been nominated “Best New Act” and “Best Traditional Act” by the Cascade Blues Association. She performs with Dean Mueller regularly in Portland with The Julie Amici Band. Julie brings an intimate and alluringly sweet voice that melds jazz, blues, and country. With the Patsy Cline tribute, Julie returns to her childhood roots in country music and delivers expertly.
Mary Cameron has spent many years honing her craft around the Portland music scene. She can be seen regularly singing classic country and western songs with her band at nightclubs and events around the Northwest. Cameron is well known for her knack of picking great unknown songs from the repertoires of many country music artists, a skill that serves her well in her tribute to Loretta Lynn titled Hey-Loretta! Lynn wrote many of her own songs and has been hailed by critics as the undisputed Queen of Country Music throughout her five decade career.
The backing band is made up of a cadre of award winning musicians including drummer and Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Carlton Jackson; national Blues Music Award nominee bassist Dean Mueller and renowned jazz guitarist Dan Gildea. The group will be joined by former Nashville touring pro Gary Thorsen on pedal steel, one of the most versatile musicians on the Portland country music scene.
The combination of these two lovely voices and seasoned musicians make for an inspired performance sure to bring back warm memories of classic tunes made popular by Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, who were best friends prior to Cline’s untimely death in 1963. Audiences will be treated to a tasteful musical journey that will include a history of Loretta and Patsy’s hits.
Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the NCRD and at the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita. Tickets are available online at julieamici.com,hey-loretta.com, and eventbrite.com, . Tickets are $25 at the door day or show, but don’t wait, a sellout is expected!
Julie Amici & Dean Mueller were the subjects of an extensive LO Review article in the “Neighbors” section November 25th, 2016. It talks about their history and their musical contributions to the Lake Oswego community. You can Read The Article Here.
We have started an Indiegogo campaign, please have a look here and thanks for your support!
Julie Amici has been nominated for a “Best Traditional Act” 2016 Muddy Award. Voting is from Oct 2nd through Oct 16th at the Cascade Blues Association website. This nomination follows on the heals of last year’s “Best New Act” nomination.
The new single by Julie Amici entitled “Yellow Roses” is now available on ITunes, Amazon, Google Play, and over 15 other online locations. The world needs this music now, please check it out here and share.
Be the FIRST to hear our new single “Yellow Roses” today, Oct 2nd!
Julie Amici and Dean Mueller will be on Rob Rainwater‘s program on Portland Radio Project “Songs from the Source” today, Sunday Oct 2nd: 1PM – 3PM. We will be discussing our current project “Yellow Roses” and broadcasting the song publicly for the VERY FIRST TIME!! You can listen on the web or at 99.1 in Portland. Tune in and be the first to hear our new baby, “Yellow Roses”. Click the link HERE to find out how to listen.
Julie Amici “Yellow Roses” Release and Kickstarter Launch Party
Lake Oswego, Oregon, Sept 15, 2016 – Julie Amici will host its “Yellow Roses” Single Release and Kickstarter Launch Event on Oct 17th at Lake Theater & Cafe in Lake Oswego. Proceeds from the event will help fund the CD project and resulting tour. The night will feature the debut live performance of Yellow Roses, a viewing of the Kickstarter video, as well as a host of performances from an All-Star cast of musicians who have performed with Julie Amici along the way including Dean Mueller, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Mark Shark, Dan Gildea, Carlton Jackson, and Alan Jones.
“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. Over the past year, the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the Northwest’s finest musicians. Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean brings both a music and business perspective to Julie Amici. He cut his teeth in the blues world, playing bass with some of the finest blues legends in the U.S. During this time, he developed a keen sense for the business by managing, and touring with, the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.
“The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of my father,” said Mueller. “It is a melding of the two of us. And our music is the fusion of Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with my deeply rooted blues foundation.”
Evolution of Julie Amici’s Americana Style
In the spring of this year, the couple started writing original tunes inspired by simple melodies of childhood memories that Julie recorded on a trip back to her hometown in Wisconsin. After working together on the material for a couple of months, they enlisted the help of their longtime friend and mentor, Alan Jones, to further develop the songs. As their work developed Alan offered to produce the music, scheduled the studio time, and in July they started long hours of studio work.
Alan’s reputation as one of the finest Jazz drummers and music educators is known across the world. His most recent work as a producer for both of Taylor John Williams latest EP’s is solidifying his position as a talented producer as well. When asked why he decided to produce the record, Alan said: “The lyrics are great… the music is an authentic expression of a snapshot of American tradition”.
“The project has turned into an exciting adventure that has far exceeded our expectations on many levels,” said Yanko “The original plan to mix some covers typical of our past performances, but it was quickly traded in favor of a project based on original material we can put 100% of heart into. The end result is an Americana style – a blend of our typical roots in jazz, blues and country and influenced by our personalities and lifestyles.”
In this age of digital releases, Julie Amici plans to release a series of singles starting with “Yellow Roses” that will culminate in the release of a final LP.
About the Event
The Music Monday series at Lake Theater & Cafe features top jazz, blues and roots artists from throughout the region. Originally built in 1940, the recently restored Lake Theater and Café is an all-ages state-of- the art concert facility, with a beautiful lakeside view and a full-service bar and restaurant. Showtime is 7:00pm and doors open at 6:00pm. Tickets for this show are $10.00 for general admission and can be purchased online at https://laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com/
The Cascade Blues Association published and article about Julie Amici’s performance at the September meeting and the original article can be viewed here.
Here is the text from the article:
For the second set of the night we will be presenting Julie Amici, last year’s nominee for the “Best New Act” Muddy Award. Known for their spacious, intimate, and open sound, Dean and Julie have teamed up with Dan Gildea on guitar and Alan Jones on drums for their 2016 festival shows this summer. The addition of these two master performers have taken the band in a decidedly more powerful dimension suitable for the big stage. Alan Jones is also working as their producer for a new recording project coming out this fall.
“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation.
Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean’s bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs. Over the last couple years the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest including Curtis Salgado, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Dave Fleschner, Henry Cooper, Carlton Jackson, Mark Shark, and many others.
Guitarist Dan Gildea teaches jazz guitar at Portland State University and has a lengthy list of acts he has performed with in the area aside from Julie Amici, including recent collaborations and tours with Earl Thomas and Dave Fleschner. Alan Jones is one of the premier jazz artists in Portland with a long resume of places he has studied, taught and performed with, including the late Portland great Leroy Vinegar as well as leading his own sextet. The addition of Gildea and Jones to Julie Amici makes this a powerful line-up that surely speaks for itself.