Question for You
Dean Backholm Singer/songwriter Dean Backholm was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, the hometown of Kurt Cobain and Kris Novacelic (of Nirvana), Patrick Simmons (of the Doobie Brothers) and the grunge band The Melvins. Picking up the piano at 10 years old, the trumpet at 11, the bass guitar at 14, and the guitar at 16, he has a wonderful group concept when writing and arranging. His mother and father were both professional musicians during the swing era. He and his three brothers can still often be heard barbershop harmonizing. During college at Washington State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, he and his younger brother Doug performed as a duo in coffee shops and lounges under the name 'Back to Back'. He later went on to front the band 'Satin Avenue' which included his brother Doug on piano and Ron Erak on bass. Now, a successful broadcaster and music producer, Ron produced Dean's first CD, A Question For You. Brother Doug is also featured on the CD, arranging one of the songs (Mother and Child) and playing keyboards on that song and 'Montreal.' Back in Aberdeen after college, Dean teamed with Bruce Hilliard (formerly of the regionally successful rock band 'Amberain') and performed as an acoustic duo. After moving to Seattle, Dean paired with future Kelsey Creek recording artist Patti Hall as the duo Backholm/Hall. The duo entertained for three years throughout the Northwest and often drew SRO crowds to the trendy nightspots and resorts that booked them. They parted amicably and are still the best of friends, each encouraging the other as new projects arise. In 2003 Backholm released his first CD of all original tunes, A Question For You. The CD, produced by Ron Erak, and featuring an 'A' list of studio musicians from Seattle and Los Angeles, has received rave pre release reviews. From the sensitive 'Unborn Lullaby,' to the title track A Question For You, to the jammin' 'Mykal,' Backholm proves himself equally adept at writing in all genres and sings with an understated vocal style, reminiscent of Michael Franks, Don Henley and John Mayer. 'What, Me Worry?', a lyrical and musical treat, reached #20 on the FMQB national charts in August of 2005.