Julie Amici: featuring Dean Mueller & Julie Yanko
2017 Cascade Blues Association Solo/Duo Winner for Journey To Memphis Competition
2016 Cascade Blues Association “Back What You Believe In” Nominee
2016 Cascade Blues Association “Best Traditional Act” Nominee
2015 Cascade Blues Association “Best New Act” Nominee
“A fresh take on a bygone era that is intimate, alluring, and hauntingly beautiful.”
The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight.
“Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of Dean’s father. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation.
In the past year the pair has been focused on writing and performing original music, much of it geared towards their participation in the International Blue Challenge where they represented the Cascade Blues Association in the Duo Category. They released an EP of original music in 2017 and are working on their next release, much of it material they developed for the IBC.
Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the ‘50s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean’s bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.
Over the last year the pair has performed as a duo as well as collaborated onstage with some of the finest musicians in the Northwest including Curtis Salgado, Chris Carlson, Alan Hager, Dave Fleschner, Dan Gildea, Henry Cooper, Carlton Jackson, Mark Shark, Alan Jones, and many others. Each performance is tailored for the specific venue or event making the pair a versatile choice for private parties, wine events, concerts, bars, or festival stages.