“Once you’ve heard her faintly twangy voice – it’s nearly impossible to forget”
– Preston Jones, Star Telegram
“Summer has a real soulful, country sound and puts on an amazing live performance. She is a really good songwriter, and she connects to both men and women.”
– Shayne Hollinger, 95.9 The Ranch
“Dean named her EP Unladylike, and even if she never covered a Patsy Cline or a Merle Haggard song or two (which she does), you’d hear her affinity for them in the dusty shuffle of her slow-to-mid-tempo tales of heartbreak and self-reflection, plied in her husky, weary voice –– a sound that leans into her band’s pedal steel and Telecaster twang like a person melting into a bar top after a long week.” – Fort Worth Weekly
“I use some of your lyrics on my Tender profile.”
– Girl fan at bar
File her music under “country,” “honky tonk,” or even “outlaw,” but when you hear Summer Dean, the twang in her voice and the grit in her soul, you’ll figure out pretty quick that her authenticity comes from knowing where she’s from and who she is: a laidback songwriter from Texas who’s never been afraid to saddle a song her own damn way. But just because Summer knows her way around a done-somebody-wrong-song doesn’t mean she’s a downer, as even her saddest self-reflections are shot through with rueful humor.
On Unladylike, her 2016 debut EP, Summer let the levity of a wry turn of phrase sweeten her sorrow like Tabasco in tequila. She spent the next years playing in front of as many people as possible, and her nonstop show schedule has paid off with big crowds of appreciative fans. Whether performing all by her lonesome or with her band, Summer has established herself as an independent woman with a distinctive voice who can put on a heck of a show. Thus far, Summer has shared the stage with a range of country music’s brightest stars, including legends like Marty Stuart, Gary P. Nunn and Dale Watson, and traditional-minded young guns like Colter Wall and Mike and the Moonpies. She will hit the road in support of her full-length record called Bad Romantic, as the tour roads open back up.
Recorded at Fort Worth’s world-famous Niles City Sound with producers Josh Block and Kevin Skrla, Bad Romantic’s songs show that Summer has laid to rest her misgivings and dug her spurs into what she loves about country music. She rides a range of emotions from her self-empowered statements in “Can You Hear Me Knocking?” and “Picket Fence,” to the funky, sultry groove of “Right Man at the Wrong Time” and the tragic tale of faith and hardship of the historic Dust Bowl in “Dear Caroline.” The album also showcases a star-studded country cast of co-writes and cameos including Robert Ellis, Whitney Rose, Bonnie Montgomery, Matt Hillyer of Eleven Hundred Springs, and a late-night vibin’ duet with Colter Wall.
Between her recordings and hundreds of shows, Summer is building a scene built out of love of the country greats while remaining true to the highs and detours of her own road. When her road runs through your town, come see her. Maybe you can be a Bad Romantic, too.