Catching up with Dean Crawford
Dunn’s River Band one of 11 acts at Sunset in the Country
The award-winning Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band first started out more than 20 years ago in the east side of the county, so it’s appropriate they are heading back here this weekend to perform in Sunset in the Country, a two-day country music festival at Sunset Cove in Bowleys Quarters.
Hosted by Kory Garrison of Marshall Law, Sunset in the Country, now in its third year, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 and feature 11 live bands, mechanical bull rides, discounted drink specials, giveaways and more. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25, which includes admis- sion for both days.
“We are really excited. This is the biggest Sunset in the Country yet the first time it has been a two-day event,” said Crawford. “Every country band in town is going to be there. We have a really strong fan base in this part of the county and we are really looking forward to it.”
A Jamaican-born singer/songwriter, Crawford moved to Baltimore in 1990 and quickly became a part of the music scene. After meeting band mate Kenny Wise at a karaoke bar, they officially
formed Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band in 1996 and started playing gigs in the Essex and Dundalk areas.
Today, Crawford, who won the Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and Country Entertainer of the Year in 2016 at the Maryland Music Awards, has written more than 500 songs. He is currently working on his fifth album.
“My new album has been a labor of love. It’s going a little slow, but I have several different producers I’m working with. I’m trying to experiment with different techniques and styles that I’ve not previously done before, but I’m still keeping it country,” he said. “I’m trying to keep myself fresh in all respects.”
Crawford says he has 10-11 songs recorded and would like to have 15-16 completed before he chooses the best 13 for his album, which is scheduled to be released online by the holidays and on CD early next year.
He just released the leadoff single “Wrap Me Around in … Red, White and Blue” on iTunes, which was inspired by current events.
“With everything going on in the world and the tension in politics, everything is just toxic. At the end of the day, we are all still Americans. We need to get over it and just come together for the good of the country. This might fall on deaf ears, but it’s important to me,” he said. “I just want to do music for people who love me and love country music.”
At Sunset in the Country, Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band will be playing songs from past albums along with popular covers. Sunset in the Country will also feature local favorites Marshall Law, Rob Byer Band and Mark Bray. A complete schedule is below.
“I want to thank Kory for organizing this festival and having us be a part of it,” said Crawford. “We are going to play for our people the real country fans. They’re going to bring it, so we’re going to bring it.”
For more information about Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band’s upcoming concerts, including Cancun Cantina in Hanover, Md. for New Year’s Eve, you can go to www.simplydean.com.
Sunset in the Country 2017
Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15
Sunset Cove, 3408 Red Rose Farm Road, Baltimore, MD 21220
Saturday, October 14
Jon Boeche DJ’s at 1:00 Boot N Rally 2:30-4:00 Ronnie Wayne 4:15-5:45 Old Line Vinyl 6:00-7:30 Mark Bray 7:45-9:15 Walk Ins Welcome 9:3011:00
Sunday, October 15
Red Dirt Revolution 12:302:00 Case & Barley 2:15-3:45 Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band 4:00-5:30 Rob Byer Band 5:45-7:15 Marshall Law 7:30-9:00
Weekend pass tickets will be $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Every patron will receive a commemorative wristband that will be good for entry all weekend long. There will be no individual day ticket sales, only passes that are good for all weekend. For tickets and more information, go to http://sunsetinthecountry.myevent.com/.