Ira Dean hasn’t been sitting still since his band, Trick Pony, split up four years ago. He’s been busy writing songs for the likes of Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, Jake Owen, Gary Allan, and his ex-Trick Pony bandmate Heidi Newfield. He also just finished recording his first solo album, and he’s just released a video for his newest single, “Somethin”Bout a Sunday.”

During his early days in Nashville, before Trick Pony took off, Dean had a chance encounter with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Carter Cash[/lastfm], son to the late [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]June Carter[/lastfm] and Johnny Cash. “He came up to me at the club I was playing at,” and invited him to stay at his place for a while. So, says Dean, “My first year in town and I was stayin’ with Johnny Cash, June Carter, and John Carter.”

Having access to one of country music’s most legendary artists can’t help but rub off. Dean admits he’s taken inspiration from the Man in Black, including for “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Sunday.”

“Johnny [Cash] always told me, ‘With songwriting, stick with the truth, son,” Dean told CMT recently. “Because people recognize the truth right away, even if it’s been years since they heard it.'”

See if you don’t recognize some truth in Dean’s new video, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Sunday”:

Buy a copy of the single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Sunday,” on iTunes.

Keep your ears out for Dean’s solo album debut, coming soon from Average Joe’s Entertainment.

Read more about Trick Pony and Ira Dean.

– Kurt Wolff, CBS Local

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