Garth Brooks Tribute
“The Garth Guy”
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Dean followed the footsteps of his father, uncle and grandfather to a life of performing country music. At just seven years old, he was strumming his guitar with his dad and his band. His theatrical education included acting, lighting design, sound engineering and technical direction for video and live performance.
After graduation, Dean formed a band where he played lead guitar and sang country hits of the early nineties. The band quickly rose to popularity performing in nightclubs, fairs and festivals all over the Pacific Northwest. They also had the honor of performing for our military servicemen and women at bases here in the U.S., the Caribbean, South Pacific and the Far East. By 1992 Garth Brooks was King and Dean found himself learning and loving Garth’s brand of music. After receiving so much positive feedback, he set his sights on paying tribute to this modern country music giant. By studying the songs, concert footage and music videos, not only could he perform Garth’s music, but he was also able to emulate his mannerisms, the walk, the talk, even the laugh. In 1994, Dean began his career as a Garth Brooks tribute artist and has since become one of the most sought-after acts in the industry. In 1996, after appearing in various other tribute shows, producer John Stuart hired him to perform in “Legends in Concert” in Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, SC and countless short tours and one-night performances across the country. In 1998, while looking to expand his act, Dean produced and directed his own 90-minute “GarthGuy LIVE!” concert based on Garth’s live show. The reception was overwhelming and he has since performed for hundreds of very satisfied clients including corporate event sponsors, fairs, festivals, casinos, and universities from coast to coast, and abroad.
While the real Garth Brooks is enjoying his retirement with his family in Oklahoma, Dean, aka GarthGuy, now celebrates 15 years of giving audiences across the country the best representation of what they might never get to see, “Garth Brooks, Live.”