Ira Dean isn't your average country music type. In fact, if there was a definition of a country music type, Ira would probably be the exact opposite. Most people remember seeing Ira playing and wrestling a standup bass for the group Trick Pony. This highly successful grouping with Heidi Newfield and Ken Burns charted consistently from their signing with Warner Bros Records in 2000. But Ira never gave up his work as an independent artist while with the Pony. In early 2008, Ira decided to put pursuing his solo career first. He says, "I had the best time of my life with Trick Pony. Keith, Heidi and I traveled the country making the music we loved. This past year has brought on many challenges, and it is just time to step back and evaluate my life and career."

Ira has had several songs he's penned recently recorded by such artists as Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols and Gary Allen. Currently, Ira is sifting through songs for a solo CD. After watching Ira onstage during his showcase at 12th and Porter attracting folks to this new stage of his career won't be difficult.

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