Dean Harlem built his life and songwriting on two things: hard work and constant traveling. After high school Dean packed his guitar and some clothes and hitch hiked from his hometown of Roosevelt, NJ to Nashville, Tennessee to find his dreams. With no money, no connections, and no luck, Dean left music city to thumb his way across America for a year. Working odd jobs and playing music in even odder establishments. He found a lucrative life of busking on the sunny streets of California for several years. often times playing eight hours a day. After touring the country multiple times he finally settled in New England where he tours and performs regularly.
Dean Harlem is a craftsman of song and story telling. His dynamic shows cover many themes and emotions. At times his voice can be booming and powerful and then soft and vulnerable as he takes you from one story to the next. His music has been compared to Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell and Steve Earle. Dean is currently living in the Boston area and working on his next studio album which is expected for release this summer.