Dean Johanesen

Dean Johanesen

Acoustic, Americana, Jazz, Swing

Dean Johanesen - Circus Swing & American Roots Music - Originally from Long Island, NY, currently residing in Ellenton FL.

Dean is a songwriter and guitarist inspired by historical fiction, speakeasy era Americana and the sounds of Hot Club Jazz, Western Swing and American Roots Music in the vein of Django Reinhardt, Bob Wills… & Lyle Lovett.

Johanesen is in the midst of recording a follow up EP to his Cautionary Tales release of 2023. Dean recently toured up to TN in January to start tracking his next record at The Owl Studio in Nashville with Producer and bassist Shawn Byrne of Great Hill Productions. The session included

Joe Spivey - violin ( John Anderson’s Seminole Wind and member of the Time Jumpers,)

Pete Finney - Steel guitar (Mike Nesmith of the Monkees and Patty Loveless,)

John McTigue III - Drums - (Emmylou Harris, Hank Williams III, Raul Malo of the Mavericks etc.) .

EPK - - Press photo file -

Johanesen has shared with bills with many musical luminaries including Robby Krieger (formerly of the Doors), Donovan Frankenreiter, Martha Wainwright, Howard Jones, Steve Forbert, John Waite, and Peter Mulvey.


Arriving closer to the end, “Mr. Delaware”, the best track, is full of agile acoustic strumming, stirring fiddle and light vocal harmonies, and “Red Eyed, Red Light, Goodnight!” continues this sophisticated approach with soulful brass alongside the mood that seems like it might soundtrack a trip to a speakeasy.

Johanesen doesn’t hide his admiration for Django Reinhardt across the listen, and his current proximity to all the circus history in Florida is present, too, as he pens a very unique and nostalgic record that’s just as enjoyable today as it would have been 100 years ago. Travels well with: Pokey LaFarge- In The Blossom Of Their Shade; Parker Millsap- Be Here Instead

- Tom Haugen - Take Effect

"Dean is simultaneously a throwback to an era of gypsy jazz and circuses while pointing the way to what will always be timely: a renaissance man who can play, can sing and communicate with each person that he adds to his ever-growing fan base. With touches of Santana, of Django, of Paul Simon or even Leon Redbone or Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dean's music cuts through the noise of everyday life. Go see him!"

- Steve Huntington, Sirius/XM Radio Margaritaville

Highly reminiscent of Father John Misty’s newest record, it’s really been this year that we’ve fallen in love with this particular sound. Through the song’s five minute runtime, Dean nearly immediately immerses the listener into another atmosphere and decade through his unique instrumental choices that focus heavily on horns to really set the mood. Lyrically speaking, he’s also shown extreme great strength in his songwriting, effortlessly painting a picture for the listener to connect the dots through his words. Not only are you imagining what’s happening, but it certainly doesn’t hurt that the entire vibe makes you feel like you’ve transported 100 years into the past. In terms of crafting the experience, he’s gone above and beyond in nailing every facet of what make this song true to the form of its influences.

- We Write About Music - Editors Picks

“Dean Johanesen spiced up his repertoire of acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues. In addition to original material, his sets are studded with perfectly executed covers of songs like Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing”...”

- Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing - Tampa

“Dean Johanesen is truly a remarkable artist in his ability, professionalism and dedication. His unique sound is unmistakable and his show is polished, but casual, with each song revealing more depth to his talent than the next. I knew of Dean and his music, mostly from area festivals and from songs I wore the needle through on his music…crystal clear, technically amazing and written from the heart. I was a fan before conducting this interview and chances are you’ll want to be one after you read it…”

- Mike Sales, Siesta Sand

“Louis Jordan meets the Squirrel Nut Zippers!”

-From A Fan

Upcoming Events

Venue Date
Island Time Bar & Grill Bradenton Beach
Bradenton Beach
Sat, April 20
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Stirling Wine
Fri, April 26
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Previous Events

Venue Date
The Original Wolfie's and Rascal House
Dean Johanesen | Live Music
April 13, 2024
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cafe in the Park
Live Music in the Park
April 12, 2024
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center
Singer Songwriter Series
April 8, 2024
7:00pm - 10:00pm
The Original Wolfie's and Rascal House
Dean Johanesen | Live Music
March 31, 2024
11:00am - 2:00pm
BirdRock Taco Shack
March 23, 2024
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM