Summer dean is not a sugar coating: the only reason the protagonist of his new song “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely” arrives somewhere with the woman who caught his eye is because she has a heart broken and sore love.
“Just make your move / You have nothing to prove / You’re lucky it’s blue,” the born and raised Texan sings in the first verse, on a completely weeping steel guitar that adds to an already sad melody. At the end, she and her duo partner Colter Wall add: “You’re lucky she’s alone / And she doesn’t care.”
Not only does Wall sing with Dean on “You’re Lucky She’s Lonely” – which is released exclusively on The Boot – he also co-wrote it with her. This is the first co-writing and duet of the Canadian artist with another artist.
“I guess I wore my broken heart on my sleeve when I wrote this one,” Dean tells The Boot of the song’s inspiration. “When Colter sent in his verse, the rest of the song fell into place a bit. He added just the right amount of sand to give the song the veracity it deserved.”
“You’re Lucky She’s Lonely” will appear on Dean’s upcoming debut album, Bad romantic. Recorded at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, Texas, the record follows his 2016 EP, Unladylike.
“When I released my first EP, I felt a little sorry for myself,” Dean admits. “But now it’s more about pride. This is who I am and I love it.
Dean is the granddaughter of a cattle rancher and the daughter of an environmental activist. She spent a decade teaching elementary school before officially entering music.
“This is what small town girls in Texas do: we teach in school, work in the bank or in the courthouse. Then we get married and have babies and a few dogs and die happy, buried next to our husbands, ”Dean says. “But here I am, 40 years old, quitting my stable job, cashing in the wedding money my mom set aside for me and making this album.”
“You’re in luck, she’s alone” is due out widely on Friday (May 14). Bad romantic The release is scheduled for August 27.