Country fans rejoice! This Saturday’s Music on the Mountain show features the country and Western swing group Caleb Dean Band, and they are prepared to have a great time. “We have so much fun it should be a crime!” says Caleb Dean, the lead singer and band’s namesake. “Folks that come out to see and hear the music, they always give you great energy to perform.”
The Caleb Dean Band is comprised of Dean, Dean’s son Parker Wade, Brian “Twang” Lemke, Larry Gottlieb, Don “Professor” Pennington, Rod Taylor, and Billy Harmon. They have been together for about two years and play lots of gigs around the Western Slope, typically favoring places like the 4Eagle Ranch and the T Lazy 7. “Those are the best for our country dancin’ friends,” says Dean. Caleb Dean and the band are excited to share their sound with the crowd at Music on the Mountain for the first time. “This will be our first time on the mountain, we’re lookin’ forward to performing some great country music for y’all!”
Caleb Dean has been playing music since the age of 10, and counts Roger Miller and Hank Williams among his influences, as well as “the guy my mother loved: the great Elvis!” He is also a big fan of country legend George Strait: “He is the real deal of country music.”
Dean was born in Indiana, but raised in Glenwood Springs. He moved to Nashville for a time to write and record music, but couldn’t escape his love of the Rockies and ended up back in Colorado.
Caleb Dean passed his love of country music on to his children: his son Parker Wade plays guitar and mandolin with the band, and has been performing onstage since about the age Caleb himself started. His other son, Keenan Date, lives in Nashville (brother Parker plays in his band as well, the Keenan Date Band) and collaborates with his dad on original tunes. “They’re really good songs, and the reviews are good!” says Dean.
To keep up with Caleb Dean and the boys, visit their website at calebdeanband.com. You can join their email list to find out where and when they’ll be playing and what’s new with the band.
Come up to the park this Saturday to enjoy “classic country with a twang,” drink specials, rides and attractions, and gorgeous views! Bring at least one can of food to donate for a free tram ride to the top. For more information, visit Music on the Mountain.