Dean Driver | Late Bloomer

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Late Bloomer

by Dean Driver

At age 51, this is my first album. These thirteen songs, one by one, came knocking at my door, asking to be let in. Then they asked to be fed, to be held, to be loved. I raised them the best I could, and now here they are. May they be blessings to you.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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1. Late Bloomer (feat. Barry Gray, Joe Kollar, Joey Arcuri)
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4:24 album only
2. Dig the Rain (feat. Joey Arcuri)
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3:59 album only
3. Bits and Pieces (feat. Cliff Eberhardt)
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3:40 album only
4. Mother of Pearl (feat. Jackie Damsky, Alicia Bullard)
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4:03 album only
5. Do the Minimum (feat. Joe Kollar, Barry Gray, Riley Driver)
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2:58 album only
6. See What Love Can Do (feat. Jackie Damsky, Alan Barnosky, Barry Gray)
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3:32 album only
7. A Lot to Learn (feat. Jim Crew, Alan Barnosky, Barry Gray, Riley Driver)
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4:02 album only
8. Make You Happy (feat. Jackie Damsky, Joey Arcuri)
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3:45 album only
9. Love Goes On
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3:24 album only
10. The Speed of Life (feat. Joey Arcuri, Riley Driver & Barry Gray)
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2:32 album only
11. Buzz Aldrin's Blues
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5:14 album only
12. The Ache of Letting Go (feat. Jackie Damsky)
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13. Even Though
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1:49 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album is all about taking chances, starting over, and climbing out of ruts. It’s all about seeing things from new perspectives, following whims, and chasing ghosts. It’s about the infinite power of love. And, at a time when so many people are wringing their hands in fear of what’s going to happen next, this album is about hope. It’s never too late to change, to put out new shoots, to seek the light. To bloom.

Musically, this is an all acoustic album. The day we started recording, I told Jim Crew, my engineer, that the word we need to keep in mind is "honest." No digital tricks, no heavy effects, just real sound. And I wanted the listener to be able to hear every word, because words are important to me. Mostly, I just wanted to be true to each song, not forcing it to be something that's currently popular, or sound like so-and-so. The songs know what they want to be.

Don't get me started about genre. Personally, bands who are easily defined as a certain genre are almost always boring to me. The Beatles never played that game, never let themselves fall into a genre rut. So Late Bloomer has elements of classic rock, blues, bluegrass, and some old time swing stuff, too. You'll find the influence of the Beatles, Prine, James Taylor, Paul Simon, and maybe a little classical if you listen closely. You write what you love.

No artist is going to save the world. No one album is going to awaken everybody to the miracle that is our own existence. All any of us can do is nudge the human race in the smallest possible way toward peace, tolerance, and kindness. I'm foolish enough to think that maybe I can make a small difference. Peace to you all.


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