You remember Ira as the bass player from the highly successful group Trick Pony, and he has been busy since leaving the group in 2008. In 2000, Trick Pony exploded on the country music scene and won both the American Music Awards’ “Top New Artist” and the Country Music Association’s “Artist of the Year”. The group recorded three albums and generated four Top 20 hits. These include “Pour Me,” “On a Night Like This,” “Just What I Do” and “On a Mission.” Dean co-wrote “Pour Me” and the Grammy nominated “Just What I Do”. On Tuesday, May 17th, he will take the stage in Sacramento at the Haggin Oaks Golf Course for Golf & Guitars. Click HERE for tickets.
Since leaving Trick Pony, Ira has had a successful song writing career. His songs have been recorded by Joe Nichols, Chris Young, Heidi Newfield, Jake Owen, Gary Allan and Montgomery Gentry.
I pulled this amazing story from Ira Dean’s website, because I think it exemplifies the craziness of life and perhaps even fate?? According to Ira, “My life has always been crazy. When I first came to town I was drowning. I had this gig for $30 bucks a night and was going to go back home. Then I met this red headed kid bout my age, he came up to me at the club I was playing at and said, ‘Man you can stay at my place for a while’. That red headed kid was John Carter Cash. My first year in town and I was stayin with Johnny Cash, June Carter, and John Carter”. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
Ira has just finished recording his self-titled CD. According to Ira, “its a mixture of alcohol and testosterone driven songs, my buddy Bobby Pinson calls it “TESTOSTAHOL”.
Golf & Guitars is a country music concert benefiting the Sacrament-area children charities – Keaton Raphael Memorial and Morton Golf Foundation. Ira will join artists Jack Ingram, Clay Walker, Ty Herndon, Steel Magnolia and more on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 for Golf & Guitars. Click HERE to purchase your tickets now.