Summer Dean to Channel Golden Era Greatness on “The Biggest Life”
Fresh off of her win as the 2023 Ameripolitan Music Awards Honky Tonk Female, the blue jean Texas honky tonk queen Summer Dean has announced a new album, and released a new single that is classic country music gold. On June 16th, The Biggest Life will arrive via Bruce Robinson’s revivalist label The Next Waltz, with Robison producing the album as well.
“I’m very proud of myself and this record,” Summer Dean says. “It’s the most real and vulnerable I’ve ever been with my writing.” Meanwhile Robison’s approach of doing most everything live made for a more organic result. “It made me let go of perfection. I think when any artist does that, they do their best.”
It was the writing displayed on demos that Summer Dean sent to Bruce Robison that had him agreeing to work with her on the new project. “It’s a human story she’s telling,” Robison says. “She’s showcasing life from her perspective. There are things in Summer’s songs that can resonate with people, even if they’ve never lived anything she’s talking about.”
Authenticity is the common thread in most great country music, and Summer Dean has that in spades. To sing it, you first have to live it. Finally taking the full-time plunge into country music at the age of 40, she quit her job teaching elementary school, and spent the money that was supposed to go to her wedding to produce her 2020 album Bad Romantic that featured a duet with Colter Wall.
But where Bad Romantic took a more ’70s bell bottom honky tonk approach, early indications from The Biggest Life is Summer Dean goes back even further on the country music timeline to the Golden Era of country when greats like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette were at their peak. This is what you hear in the song “The Biggest Life Worth Living Is The Small”—one of the 13 tracks Summer Dean wrote for the album.
When you see loquacious song titles like “She’s In His Arms But I’m In The Palm Of His Hand” and “Clean Up Your Act If You Wanna Talk Dirty To Me” you know the heartbreak will be coming, and the vintage influences will be flowing.
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The Biggest Life Track List:
1. Big Ol Truck
2. She Ain’t Me
3. Might Be Getting Over You
4. The Biggest Life Worth Living Is The Small
5. Move Along Devil
6. Can’t Hide The Heartache From Her Face
7. I’ll Forget Again Tomorrow
8. Bailing Wire
9. The Sun’s Gonna Rise Again
10. She’s In His Arms But I’m In The Palm Of His Hand
11. Other Women
12. Clean Up Your Act If You Wanna Talk Dirty To Me
13. Lonely Girl’s Lament
Jerry Clower's Ghost
March 9, 2023 @ 9:46 am
Why is the single not on Spotify?
March 9, 2023 @ 10:03 am
Apple Music too. It’ll probably be officially released tomorrow.
March 9, 2023 @ 10:05 am
My guess is it will be out at midnight. We’ll probably get a pre-order link too at some point and I’ll add it here too.
March 9, 2023 @ 10:15 am
Everything will be up tomorrow on its official announcement and presale day!
March 9, 2023 @ 2:07 pm
OH HELL YEAH!!!!! I haven’t finished wearing out the previous albums yet and I’m so psyched there’s another one.
March 9, 2023 @ 10:27 am
But can we know the results from the Josie music awards? (sarcasm)
March 9, 2023 @ 10:53 am
AND going out on a western tour in June – The Two to Tango Tour – with my and Di Harris’s favorite Rob Leines!
We’ll scratch your eyes out Summer (just joking… maybe).
March 9, 2023 @ 8:38 pm
Oh, for sure, Hoptown,
Rob Leines. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm…
“We’ll scratch your eyes out Summer (just joking… maybe)”
: D Yeah, Summer – you just better watch it …
Just too doggone bad not planning on being anywhere out West during this Two To Tango tour, of Rob & Summer’s.
Wishing you guys a great tour!
Go get ’em!
March 10, 2023 @ 9:51 am
If you are not yet acquainted with Mr. Tab Benoit, let me introduce you to this smokin’ hot virtuoso.
His music is nothing short of orgasmic.
He is unbelievable in his skill, and authenticity.
Still trying to put out the fire from the 23 Feb. show.
We both love the real deal.
If Rob Leines is the little baby tiger cub, then Tab Benoit, is his Daddy.
S M O K I N ‘ 🔥
In this order:
& Comin’ in hot – R. Leines
March 10, 2023 @ 10:22 am
Go see Cody Ikerd at the Mitchell Opera House tomorrow and see what you think.
March 10, 2023 @ 10:33 am
: D Charlie,
I love Cody Ikerd and the Sidewinders. Have enjoyed them at Hard Truth Hills outdoor venue.
Cody Ikerd, as well as, Isaac Rudd and The Revolvers, are two of my favorite “local” bands.
Will have to see if any of the gang want to meet up at the Mitchell Opera House tomorrow night.
March 10, 2023 @ 11:25 am
Cool. Glad to hear it.
March 9, 2023 @ 11:29 am
Looking forward to this one, loved the previous album. Saw her open for Jessie Daniel last year. It may not have been the best show I saw all year, but it was Far and Away the most underrated show I saw.
March 9, 2023 @ 12:03 pm
Between this and the Dallas Moore, June looks great.
March 9, 2023 @ 2:51 pm
Man, this is such a good start and optimistic sign for the album. I loved her first one but if she can channel that golden era like Trigger said, then man, she might really have something!
March 10, 2023 @ 2:23 am
I routinely still spin Bad Romantic, definitely looking forward to this one!
March 10, 2023 @ 9:41 am
Summer Dean + Bruce Robison = i’m on.
March 10, 2023 @ 1:06 pm
That there is some country music.