Jonathan Coulton is the Contributing Troubadour for Popular Science magazine and the musical director for John Hodgmans Little Gray Book Lectures. His songs about vengeful nerds, ennui-afflicted clowns, partially-imagined historical figures, and devotees of a certain Swedish prefab furniture store are insanely clever without ever being too clever for their own good. They repeatedly lure you into laughing before suddenly breaking your heart. And the sick part is, you keep coming back. Coulton's is the voice of every spooky elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over our allen wrenches. He is ready to soft-rock your socks off.
Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Dean Fields. In less than a year, Dean Fields has gone from relative obscurity to the fresh, new voice of the male singer-songwriter. Originally from Mechanicsville VA, Fields began his music career by earning his undergraduate degree in music composition from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Upon graduation, Fields made the decision to pursue his career further by enrolling in Graduate school at University of Miami for Music Business.
Fields had just begun to pen the songs that would make up his debut album, "Imitations," when he was first discovered in 2001 by music critic Evellyn McDonnell at a songwriting event in Florida. Inspired by the abrupt break-up of a long-term love interest, Fields began to document his pain and sadness the only way he knew how...he wrote about it. "I was living in the beautiful place with gorgeous people and amazing nightlife, and where was I? -Holed up in a corner room, depressed, and writing songs." Upon receiving the distinction of "Best in Miami" and performing at the premier Billboard Live, the singer-songwriter made the decision to leave Miami and dedicate himself to developing his craft and performing live. "I just woke up one day and said, "Screw this. All I want to do is play music. And off I went."
While promoting his debut album, "Imitations," Fields has performed over 170 shows in clubs and college campuses along the east coast in 2003. He has shared the stage with noteworthy acts including John Hiatt, Carbonleaf, Rusted Root's Michael Glabicki, Catie Curtis, Bruce Hornsby, Virginia Coalition, KT Tunstall, Honorary Title, Cary Brothers, Amy Smith, Mat Kearny, Tony Joe White, Mark Geary, Seven Nations, Madeleine Peyroux, Richard Julian, Vienna Teng, and others. Released in October of 2002, the album was engineered and co-produced by Alan Weatherhead (Clem Snide, Denali) at Sound of Music Studios, which is owned by David Lowery of the band Cracker.
The album has garnered rave reviews and superior ratings from many publications and critics,as well as becoming one of the top selling albums on CDBaby, the internet's largest music distributor. Most recently, Billboard Magazine chose Fields as one of the top six acts to showcase at the Independent Music World Series in Nashville TN. Fields was the only singer-songwriter selected from over 1200 entries. He has also been a featured performer at BMI sponsored songwriting events in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles.
Fields continues to win over critics and audiences everywhere, and has even received an enthusiastic thumbs up from recording artist David Gray. His music is being featured in film scores, soundtracks, and on MTV's reality television shows Real World, Road Rules, and Sorority Life Dean Fields is poised to make his mark.
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Added by jcoulton on July 31, 2006