About Larry

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Larry Dean

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Larry Dean was born in Perryton, Texas where he grew up singing Gospel music with his family and developed an appreciation for country music. His family eventually left Perryton and moved to Balko, Oklahoma, a small town in the panhandle. At the age of eight, Larry moved to Middleton, Idaho. During this time Larry organized and performed in many bands and started to write his own songs. During the early 80's Larry moved to Los Angeles. It was there he created Larry Dean and the Shooters.

One night in Los Angeles while Larry was singing one of his original songs at A Hard Core Honky Tonk, a Nashville music publisher happened to stop in and listen to the song. The music publisher offered Larry a job that night. Larry moved to Nashville and became a staff writer. With Wayne Carson Thompson, the song writer for "The Letter", "Always on My Mind", and "She's Acting Single and I'm Drinking Doubles", Larry Dean wrote his first chart record.

However, the desire to perform his country music overtook him and he moved back to California and reformed The Shooters. Larry would return to Nashville after signing a contract with USA Music Group and was showcased at the Nashville Palace. Soon after Ralph Emery invited him to be on the Nashville Now Show, a television program that focused on country music performers, where he performed along side greats like Larry Gatlin, Highway 101, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Becky Hobbs, Wayne Newton, Moe Bandy, and Minnie Pearl.

A man of action, Larry began touring overseas and has appeared on such shows as "Good Morning Australia". He has undergone two tours of Australia, one of New Zealand and Spain, and has done four tours in the Netherlands. Additionally he had a chart topping record in Spain.

Larry Dean's music success is quite vast. He has written with Larry Weiss, the man who wrote the song "Rhinestone Cowboy", and together they created "It Must Be Angel Day", a song that can be heard on the film "Deep Impact". His other movie songs include "Goodlookin Liar" and "Oldtime Cowboy Movies", featured in the film Blue Desert, and "I'm getting known for all the wrong reasons" in the film Drowning Mona. Larry has also performed alongside country music stars Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakum, Asleep at the Wheel, and Jerry Jeff Walker and has even sung at the Oklahoma Opry.

Larry was also interviewed in American Woman Magazine in 1993. The title of the article was called "Country Boy Charm."