“Americana in the old-school sense – sincere stories of family, life, and love reminiscent of a bygone era in songwriting”

…and now you can download our latest single for free!

Listen to what others are saying about “I Loved You So…”

“Fans of the emerging new wave of Americana can’t go wrong with Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So …,  I think this LP will remain the top contender for best eclectic/folk record of the 2020s so far.” – VentsMagazine

“Nestled comfortably in the soles of old-school Americana, the kind of music that they create transports listeners into home-sewn stories of family, life, and love….” – For Folks Sake

“Julie has one of those voices that draws you into the music immediately… ideally matching the atmosphere behind her songwriting and vocal talents” – Cascade Blues Notes

“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.” – Americana UK

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Julie Amici & Dean Mueller make Americana in the old-school sense. Their new LP I Loved You So is a thick, low-simmering stew of country, folk and blues peppered with subtle hints of jazz and gospel. Several singles have already been released and the record is due to release on May 1st.

Julie and Dean have garnered awards and established an admirable reputation for their talents as top performers and show promoters in the Northwest. In the last two years they have shifted much of their focus to songwriting and performance of their own original material.

The songs that they are creating harken back to a classic era of American folk songwriting. With an emphasis on classic storytelling with fair, honest, and realistic characters that are interesting and express universal themes of life in the past and the present.

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“Julie and Dean are a source of inspiration. They are creating music that is relevant to themselves and relevant to people that can identify with them. We are very pleased with the production of this record, but in the end, their stories are what this record is all about.” – Alan Jones, producer

“I have been performing music most of my life and I finally realized I have the capability to write songs that matter to people. Stories have been hold up in my mind for a long time, and like Bob Dylan said “I figured I could send a truck back for it later”. Well, I’m backing the truck up now, it’s time to make a bigger impact on the world.” – Dean Mueller

“I write songs about truth… digging beneath the surface to reveal an empathy we all feel when the clear reflection of someone else matches our own. It could be a love, a struggle, a solitude.” – Julie Amici

For a limited time we are giving away the latest single from our most recent album. Just enter your name and email address in the right hand side of this site and you will be immediately sent the download link to the free tracks.

So enter your name and email address now, and enjoy the ride, we have some stories to tell you!

Cheers, Julie & Dean

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A Message from Dean Mueller

Hello Friends, Family, and Fans,

I have a song/video that I’d like to share with you!

I wrote this song for my son a couple years ago and the message is very timely and relevant to many of us these days. We really miss you, performing with each other, and being with the ones we love. This song is about keeping the faith until the storm passes. Please have a listen to and I hope it is meaningful to you.

 

– love to you all, peace,  Dean

Enter your email under the arrow and we will send you Don’t Drift Away

and a link to our pre-release offer for the May 1 release of I Loved You So…


 

“Julie and Dean are a source of inspiration. They are creating music that is relevant to themselves and relevant to people that can identify with them. We are very pleased with the production of this record, but in the end, their stories are what this record is all about.”– Alan Jones, producer

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Lyrics:

Cast my fate into the wind
Life’s river running by
You don’t need me to tell you now
What’s right before your eyes

Can you see the rocky road
We travel day to day
It ain’t on you to understand
But it ain’t right not to say

Don’t drift away oh…oh.. oh
Don’t drift away
Heaven only knows, I”l be back here to stay
Don’t drift away oh…oh.. oh
Don’t drift away
I need you more tomorrow
Than I did just yesterday
Don’t drift away

The time has come to hit the road
My memories by my side
When the storm is clear I’ll be right back
Oh please oh don’t you cry

Can you see I love you so
You feel it now I pray
I don’t talk much to Jesus
But I asked for help today

CHORUS Don’t Drift Away….

With the darkness cast aside
Like demons swept away
The lights about to shine on us
Like a sunny holidayCan you see I’m comin’ home
To life better than before
Save that place reserved for me
I’ll be knockin’ on the door

CHORUS Don’t Drift Away….

Glide is proud to premiere “Flannel Shirt” (below) a radiant and cozy track for these quarantined times, that strums with Cowboy Junkies’ alt country-folk- Americana musicianship and languid guitars. This duo places melody and delicate soundscapes into a fully realized song effort. The theme of “Flannel Shirt” serves as a metaphor for rejuvenation when the storm ends, something we can all obviously relate to, as Amici explains below the song player…

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SONG PREMIERE: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller Decorate “Flannel Shirt” With Cozy & Jazzy Americana

 

SONG PREMIERE: JULIE AMICI & DEAN MUELLER DECORATE “FLANNEL SHIRT” WITH COZY & JAZZY AMERICANA

         

   

  

    

  

   

      

Another single is on it’s way: “Turn The Key” Premiers on Elmore Magazine:

Mueller told Elmore, “‘Turn the Key’ starts back in 2008 when I went to the Blues Music Awards with The Insomniacs. I went the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi and met Rat, who ran the place and grew up there as a child. Rat’s mom converted what had been a black hospital into a hotel. Rat had this routine—you had to look through the guestbook. You had to sit down, and listen to all his old stories about these blues legends. It was an essential part of the whole experience. Rat told me about John Lee Hooker having two rooms while he stayed there, one for his wife and one for his girlfriend.

Read more about the origins of this song HERE!

PREMIERE: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller Turn the Key

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Photo: Darina Neyret

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller slow-simmer country, folk and blues, pepper it with subtle hints of jazz and gospel and cook up their very own Americana recipe. As writers, recording artists and live performers, they bring their talents not only to music’s customary audiences, but to disadvantaged children, people with autism and the elderly.

Julie wrote most of the songs on their first EPYellow Roses, and rooted them in her childhood, with a resulting sweetness. I Loved You So is grownup stuff, grittier, more electrified, sexier, and more a combination of each of their musical roots. “It’s definitely less wholesome,” Mueller commented.

Amici and Mueller met on the Portland music scene, started playing together in 2014, and before long, they were touring up and down the Oregon coast. Amici’s creative head is in the clouds, while Mueller has grounded ideas and a talent for bringing them to fruition. On stage and off, it’s a winning pairing.

The duo use their music to make a difference in the world whenever possible, securing grants for a school district, bringing workshops to geographically isolated students and live music to senior centers, all through partnerships or their own Fly Me to the Moon organization. “Any way that we can give back to the community is very meaningful to us,” Amici says.

Mueller told Elmore, “‘Turn the Key’ starts back in 2008 when I went to the Blues Music Awards with The Insomniacs. I went the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, Mississippi and met Rat, who ran the place and grew up there as a child. Rat’s mom converted what had been a black hospital into a hotel. Rat had this routine—you had to look through the guestbook. You had to sit down, and listen to all his old stories about these blues legends. It was an essential part of the whole experience. Rat told me about John Lee Hooker having two rooms while he stayed there, one for his wife and one for his girlfriend.

“When he checked me into the hotel that first time, Rat told me: ‘To get into the room you take the key, you put it in the hole and you turn it towards the river.’ I thought, ‘I’m gonna use that someday.’ I went back to stay again, and walked through town taking note of everything I saw—5th & Sunflower, the spires, the tombstones, Cathead Records, Hambone’s—a lot of the imagery associated with Clarksdale.  And I just started creating stories. ”

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is out May 1.

Learn more about Julie Amici & Dean Mueller HERE

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Another single is on it’s way: “Frame It On The Wall” Premiers on Americana UK.

“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.”

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Track Premiere: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller “Frame It On The Wall”

 

Track Premiere: Julie Amici & Dean Mueller “Frame It On The Wall”

What can one say about Julie Amici and Dean Mueller?  Well Julie’s the sweet one of the duo.  Hey, don’t take my word for it, listen to Dean comparing their new album ‘I Loved You So‘ to their debut EP ‘Yellow Roses‘ – “It’s definitely less wholesome, on the first EP, Julie wrote most of the songs, and they had roots in her childhood. It was very meaningful to her, and it was sweet because Julie is sweet. ‘I Loved You So’ is more collaborative—more a combination of both our musical personalities. ”  Although Julie Amici has certain thoughts too “Compared to ‘Yellow Roses’, ‘I Loved You So’ is a little grittier, more electrified, and sexier” adding after a pause “… I hope!”  Here at Americana UK we really can’t comment – never having had to just rely on hope to define our sexiness.

Anyway, Julie is sweet, Dean is less wholesome – what about their sound?  ‘Frame It on the Wall‘  is the essence of a breezy tune coupled to nagging doubt – fundamentally Julie Amici sings about the worry of ever making it big, of ever being the same as musicians she admires “could I ever be like that? Will I ever be that good? Do I have what it takes? Can I work that hard?”  It’s sound was framed by working with producer Alan Jones, who has his own career as a jazz-drummer, and pulls out elements and add in a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.

‘I Loved You So’ will be released on April 10th.

Photo: Darina Neyret

“… a simmering stew of country, folk and blues to make for a rich Americana mix.”Americana UK, March 2020

 

 

“Julie Amici & Dean Mueller run the roots gamut on their upcoming album, I Loved You So. Nestled comfortably in the soles of old-school Americana, the kind of music that they create transports listeners into home-sewn stories of family, life, and love. They do so with a keen sense of what makes timeless folk, country, and blues-tinged tunes tick and produce an ageless sound in the process”. – For Folks Sake

Premiere | Julie Amici & Dean Mueller – ‘Daddy’

Photo by Darina Neyret

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller run the roots gamut on their upcoming album, I Loved You So. Nestled comfortably in the soles of old-school Americana, the kind of music that they create transports listeners into home-sewn stories of family, life, and love. They do so with a keen sense of what makes timeless folk, country, and blues-tinged tunes tick and produce an ageless sound in the process.

I Loved You So promises real life grit, and ‘Daddy’ serves that promise well. Equally pensive and lilting, the folk tune sways while Amici & Mueller paint the tale of a complicated family. It’s actually based off of Amici’s real father.

She states, “I was inspired to write this song when I visited my Dad recently. It’s about about aging and complicated family relationships. The lyrics came pretty naturally and a lot of them are true. I mean, he didn’t outrun the cops like in the song, but his hair is white now and his teeth are falling out. All he really has left is his car, and he still drives it fast. It’s a truly American theme—the muscle car and the aging man clinging to youth through the embodiment of a car’s power. Really, it’s a song about having empathy for another human being who’s kind of a jerk, a person who is hard to understand—an outsider, a rebel.”

Words by: Jonathan Frahm

Premiere | Julie Amici & Dean Mueller – ‘Daddy’

Americana Highways presents this premiere of Julie Amici and Dean Mueller’s “Blind Beulah” from their forthcoming album I Loved You So. Please check out the link below!

Song Premiere: Julie Amici And Dean Mueller’s “Blind Beulah”

Listen & Watch Song Premiere

Americana Highways presents this premiere of Julie Amici and Dean Mueller’s “Blind Beulah” from their forthcoming album I Loved You So, due to be available on April 10. The album was produced and recorded by Alan Jones & Dean Mueller at Rain Cave Studio & Ripping Glass Studio; then engineered and mastered at The Rye Room by Matt Greco.

“Blind Beulah” is Julie Amici on vocals, Dean Mueller on upright bass and left channel acoustic guitar; Thad Beckman on right acoustic guitar; Alan Hager on electric guitar; and Alan Jones on drums and percussion.  With a classic country feel, Julie Amici and Dean Mueller will spin you a tale of a life well lived.

“Blind Beulah” is a true story about a woman I stayed with during my senior year of high school. Really, it’s a song about a girl who realizes through the eyes of an elderly woman that she needs to live her life and go after her dreams before they pass her by.

This song also relates to the nonprofit Dean and I started, the Fly Me to the Moon Foundation, where we bring quality live music to senior communities. We see how music affects the elderly, who are often isolated even though they’re living in these communities—music brings people together and is extremely beneficial for their mind, body and soul. We regularly see the transformative effect it can have on seniors. — Julie Amici

“Blind Beulah” features the guitar work of our friends Alan Hager and Thad Beckman. Alan has put out albums on Alligator Records with Curtis Salgado and is a master of blues and traditional guitar styles. Thad is one of our favorite acoustic fingerpickers and both of them perform shows with us regularly, and as part of the Fly Me To The Moon program. The combination of Thad on acoustic and Alan on electric guitar create the Nashville country-folk sound we wanted to coax out of “Blind Beulah.” — Dean Mueller

Discover more here: https://julieamici.com

Song Premiere: Julie Amici and Dean Mueller’s “Blind Beulah”

I Loved You so was originally slated to be released on April 10th but the release date has been moved to May 1st. – thanks for your patience!

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller – I Loved You So

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller make Americana in the old-school sense. Their new LP I Loved You So is a thick, low-simmering stew of country, folk and blues peppered with subtle hints of jazz and gospel. In the last few years, this melting-pot of traditional American sounds has taken them from their hometown of Portland, Ore., all the way to Memphis, Tenn., where they’ve been recognized by the Cascade Blues Association not only as recording artists and performers, but also for their nonprofit work—bringing the gift of music to disadvantaged children, people with autism and the elderly through the Mudd Nick Foundation, United By Music and their own organization, Fly Me to the Moon, operated in partnership with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

The story of I Loved You So—the follow-up to their 2017 debut EP Yellow Roses—begins with Julie & Dean winning Cascade’s Journey to Memphis competition. “We started writing some pure blues songs for Journey to Memphis, and it really lit a fire under us creatively,” Amici says. ‘I Wanted You,’ ‘Sardines & Saltines,’ ‘Turn the Key’—those songs ended up being the spark that led to this new record.”

When it came time to refine and record the new material, the duo partnered with producer Alan Jones (Esperanza Spalding, Kelly Joe Phelps), with whom they’d worked on Yellow Roses. “I met Alan a dozen years ago,” Mueller says. “He’s a world-class jazz drummer and educator who learned by hanging out with guys like Art Blakey and Elvin Jones and touring all over Europe. Julie and I played a weekly jazz-standards program with him—we had such a connection that we invited him to work on some originals with us.” 

“Alan has a pretty avant-garde approach to music,” Amici says. “He’s extremely knowledgeable, and has seen and done it all. While jazz is his area of expertise, he’s really keen on a good song—strong lyrics, relatable stories that draw you in. He helped us a lot with the lyrics and song structures. The partnership works because each of us contributes something meaningful. I write a lot of the songs, so I provide the seed, Dean is the soil, Alan is the water, and together we grow this beautiful music.”

For the sessions, Jones was on drums and percussion, and Amici handled the bulk of the lead vocals, with Mueller also singing a few songs and playing rhythm guitar, as well as electric and upright bass. On keys, they tapped Dave Fleschner, who’s made a name for himself playing with Blues Brothers-inspiration and Bonnie Raitt / Santana / Robert Cray-collaborator Curtis Salgado. And on lead guitar, they employed a rotating cast—secret ingredients chosen specifically to enhance each genre in Julie & Dean’s Americana stew: Mike Gamble played the spacier, more atmospheric parts; depending on the track, Alan Hager—who has also recorded and toured with Salgado—brought a traditional Chicago-blues feel or a slick Nashville sound; Thad Beckman handled the acoustic country & blues numbers; and Chris Carlson (Mueller’s bandmate in Portland’s Duffy Bishop Band) added his jazz-inflected chops to the mix, as well.

“Compared to Yellow Roses,” Amici says, “I Loved You So is a little grittier, more electrified, and sexier… I hope!”

“It’s definitely less wholesome,” Mueller agrees. “On the first EP, Julie wrote most of the songs, and they had roots in her childhood. It was very meaningful to her, and it was sweet because Julie is sweet. I Loved You So is more collaborative—more a combination of both our musical personalities.” 

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller met on the Portland music scene, and started playing together in 2014, building their rapport on live tributes to Patsy Cline, Nina Simone and John Prine. Mueller—an award-winning musician who’s performed with everyone from contemporary-blues mainstay Corey Harris to the late legends Honeyboy Edwards and Pintetop Perkins—had just started booking a music series at the Lake Theater in Lake Oswego, Ore., and he and Amici played there regularly, developing their sound and a strong local following. Before long, they were touring up and down the Oregon coast (where Amici had previously fronted a six-piece jazz band), and throughout the Pacficic Northwest, including regular annual performances at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival.

“We work really well together,” Amici says. “I can be a little bit up in the clouds—that makes me a good songwriter maybe. But Dean has a more linear thought structure. He has great ideas, good contacts, he’s a hard worker, a good business person and he gets things done. We communicate really well, too.”

“And Julie is an incredible singer,” Mueller says. “She’s got a powerful stage presence, and the audience always loves her. From a songwriting standpoint, she’s super creative. Working with her has empowered me to write more on my own, too.”

Many of the standout tracks on I Loved You So embody this collaborative spirit. There’s the countrified trio of “Frame It on the Wall,” “Flannel Shirt” and “Daddy,” the hypnotic rockabilly vignettes of “Turn the Key,” and the heartbreaking yet silver-lined gospel-blues of “Read Through Tears,” which Mueller began writing in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre, and finished as more horrific mass shootings unfolded at a country-music festival in Las Vegas, a church in Texas, and a high school in Parkland, Fla. The song would ultimately become a tribute to the anti-gun-violence March for Our Lives.

“It’s a difficult song, and at first it was really hard to sing,” Amici says. “Dean was voicing his grief, but I thought we needed to add a little hope to it, too. I didn’t want the song to be divisive or to draw lines, either. I wanted it to bring people together, to shed a little light.”

“It really turned the song around when Julie added the verse, ‘Burn no bridges, draw no lines in the sand / Build no walls, draw no lines in the sand / Walk with me in the light, take me by the hand.’ You could see it progress from just being this deep anguish to, ‘What can we do about this?’ The answer is to turn away from hate.”

Julie & Dean use their music to make a positive impact whenever possible. This is achieved mostly through their work with nonprofit the Mudd Nick Foundation, United By Music and their own Fly Me to the Moon project. With Mudd Nick, they’ve secured grants for or an Oregon school district, bringing expert musical-enrichment workshops to geographically isolated and economically deprived students, who then get to perform professionally alongside their teachers. Similarly, with United By Music, they offer autistic adults a chance to perform music in front of an audience. And with Fly Me to the Moon, Julie & Dean bring the joy of live music to entertainment-starved senior centers. Their song “Blind Beulah,” from I Loved You So, was inspired by this work, for which they were honored with the Cascade Blues Association’s Back What You Believe In Award last year.

“Any way that we can give back to the community is very meaningful to us,” Amici says. “Any way we can go beyond the typical ‘I’m performing in a club now’ approach. That’s great, but at some point you have to look at the bigger picture, and think, ‘How can we use the power of music to make a difference in the world?’”

Julie Amici & Dean Mueller’s I Loved You So is out April 10. 

Julie Amici and Dean Mueller – Photo by Darina Neyret

We wanted to thank the CBA for awarding Julie Amici & Dean Mueller the “Back What You Believe In” award. This award is given to a group or individual who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to the blues community. There are so many people deserving of this award in the musical community and we thank them all for their dedication to this wonderful musical family. We are honored to accept this award and dedicate it to last year’s winner Steve Pringle. Be good humans everybody, it matters.

Photo by Darina Neyret – Portrait

Julie Amici, Dean Mueller up for Muddy Awards

Photo by Darina Neyret. This is reprint of the article, to see the original article click here.

Mueller and Amici began the Music Mondays series in 2014, booking local talent. The series now attracts national touring acts for the weekly concerts. The series is frequently sold out and draws music lovers from beyond the Lake Oswego area.

Mueller and Amici have also been nominated for CBA’s George Page Award, “Back What You Believe In.” The award is given to a group or individual who has gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to the blues community.

Mueller and Amici are deeply committed to bring high-quality music to underserve populations around the state. Through their work as artists and producers they have developed a network of musicians to reach those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the joy of live music.

To accomplish this they have developed the Fly Me to the Moon project, the Fire Mountain Musicfest, United by Music North America and Music Enrichment for Students.

Fly Me to the Moon: After experiencing firsthand the powerful impact live music has on seniors, Mueller and Amici founded Fly Me to the Moon, which provides opportunities for seniors to enjoy professional live music at retirement communities, assisted living and memory care facilities and adult community centers. In association with the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, the group raises funds to ensure the quality of the shows and provide fair wages for musicians. The growing list of artists who participate includes top musicians from the blues community.

Fire Mountain Musicfest: Held for the first time this year, Mueller and Amici organized the Fire Mountain Musicfest in cooperation with the Cannon Beach Arts Association (CBAA). With events at Cannon Beach, Nehalem and Manzanita, the musicfest featured more than 10 performances and several guitar workshops. The festival was created to help bridge the gap between the underserved coastal communities and some of Portland’s top musical talent including Curtis Salgado, Alan Hager, 3 Leg Torso, Dean Mueller and Julie Amici, LaRhonda Steele, Carlton Jackson, Brooks Robertson, Doug Smith and Mojo Holler.

The 10-day festival served as a benefit to support arts and arts education on Oregon’s north coast, specifically for Fly Me to the Moon and CBAA.

United by Music North America (UBMNA): Amici and Mueller have been working with UBMNA since 2014. The group is a unified performance-based program and band for both neurodiverse and neuro-typical people with exceptional musical talent. As a mentor with the Portland group, led by Amanda Gresham and Dave Fleschner, Amici rehearses and performs regularly with the UBMNA band.

Music Enrichment for Students: This year Amici spearheaded a program with the Mudd-Nick Foundation to create a Music Enrichment Program to serve students in the Neah-Kah-Nie School District on the north Oregon coast. Building upon the existing music program in the district, Amici’s work with the foundation includes sourcing grants, offering workshops and music clinics, and providing supplemental live music experiences for the students.

Regarding their nomination for the “Back What you Believe Award,” Mueller said “There is no shortage of need and we are grateful to be part of this hard-working and generous family of musicians in the Pacific Northwest.”

The 2019 Cascade Blues Association’s Muddy Awards event will take place Nov. 6 at Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. For tickets and other information visit cascadebluesassociation.org.