Coun­try star Dean Craw­ford rings in the grand fi­nale

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION - By MIKE URSERY murs­ery@ches­pub.com

Dean Craw­ford and the Dunn’s River Band are 10year vet­er­ans of the Dun­dalk Her­itage Fair. The coun­try mu­sic band known all over south­east­ern Bal­ti­more County has con­trib­uted video of a per­for­mance for their loyal fans in Dun­dalk.

Craw­ford and his band have en­ter­tained Dun­dalkians for years, ei­ther at the Dun­dalk Her­itage Fair, Es­sex Days, or other events that hap­pen around south­east­ern Bal­ti­more County. Dean Craw­ford and the Dunn’s River Band have been a big at­trac­tion at past her­itage fairs.

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, pro­duced four cd’s and has sold over 20,000 copies lo­cally and in­de­pen­dently, ac­cord­ing to the band’s of­fi­cial web­site, www.sim­ply­dean.com.

Dean was also cho­sen by the Gov­er­nor to rep­re­sent the coun­try life­style and genre through his mu­sic and is bol­stered by live per­for­mances on FOX, WMAR and WJZ Chan­nel 13 morn­ing shows. He en­joys air time on WPOC 93.1, WFRE 99.9 and WMJQ 98.7.

Craw­ford made a name for him­self after win­ning the Song­writer of the Year award in 2015 and Coun­try En­ter­tainer of the Year in 2016 at the Mary­land Mu­sic Awards. He is most known for per­form­ing high en­ergy con­tem­po­rary and tra­di­tional coun­try mu­sic hits with backup from his six-piece band.

Dean and Dunn’s River Band have opened up for no­table Nashville greats such as Neal McCoy, Buddy Jewel, Mont­gomery Gen­try, Jamie O’Neil, Bucky Cov­ing­ton, and were in­vited to open for Ge­orge Jones in his last pub­lic ap­pear­ance.

Dean Craw­ford and the Dunn’s River Band

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