Texas based recording artist Summer Dean is as authentic as they come. The acclaimed singer-songwriter owns the stage from the moment she struts into the spotlight, captivating audiences across the country with her sly wit, Southern charm and soulful songcraft. Night after night, her down-home dynamism illustrates exactly why she’s a highly sought after artist and opener for the likes of Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Colter Wall, Charley Crockett and Mike and the Moonpies.

The seventh generation Texan’s roots run deep and proud — not only in the Lone Star soil, but also in the grand tradition of the state’s sonic storytellers, timeless talents like Willie Nelson, Robert Earl Keen or Kris Kristofferson. Dean grew up listening to the greats on her family’s ranch, and she now easily takes her place alongside them. Look no further than her superb sophomore album, Bad Romantic, which showcases her ability to spin yarns both amusing and affecting. The record, cut to tape at Fort Worth’s storied Niles City Sound, includes her collaborations with Colter Wall (who duets with Dean on “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely”), Robert Ellis, Whitney Rose and Brennen Leigh.

Critics are captivated by Dean’s unique blend of vulnerability and verve, with Texas Monthly calling Dean “among the state’s first-rate sonic artisans” and Wide Open Country saying, “She’s not content to wait around for doors to open — she’ll bust them down herself.” Indeed, what you see is what you get with Summer Dean. She makes real, raw country music, performed by a talent so undeniable it’s not a question of “if,” but “when.”