Dean Hall

Adjunct Professor

Dean Hall
John Bragg Media and Entertainment Building (BRAGG)
MTSU Box 21, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2016)
  • B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (2015)

Areas of Expertise

Live Music Performance
Music Production
Songwriting
Recording Session Leader
Touring Band Leader
Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Biography

Dean Hall is an American blues-rock recording artist, producer, songwriter, and guitar player. He teaches a hands-on class/workshop in Performance Skills for Artists and Songwriters at Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment.

 

Since Dean moved to Nashville in the early 80s, his talents as a musician, artist, and songwriter continue to provide him with a multitude of opportunities in the entertainment industry. He has recorded and tour...

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Dean Hall is an American blues-rock recording artist, producer, songwriter, and guitar player. He teaches a hands-on class/workshop in Performance Skills for Artists and Songwriters at Middle Tennessee State University’s College of Media and Entertainment.

 

Since Dean moved to Nashville in the early 80s, his talents as a musician, artist, and songwriter continue to provide him with a multitude of opportunities in the entertainment industry. He has recorded and toured as bandleader and guitar player for many major recording artists. His television credits include Super Bowl XXXIX Pregame Show, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Late Night with David Letterman, Good Morning America, Today, Austin City Limits, CMT Video Awards, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, MuzikMafia TV, Crook and Chase, and Grand Ole Opry Live.

 

Dean’s stage and studio experience opened doors in the film industry as well. In 2001, he landed a small acting role in DreamWorks Film The Last Castle starring Robert Redford, James Gandolfini, and Mark Ruffalo. The film’s director, Rod Lurie, tapped Dean to write, produce, and perform his composition “Chiseled in Stone” for the film soundtrack, which was scored by renowned film composer Jerry Goldsmith. Additional film work includes scoring, producing, recording, and mixing Nashville independent film Blood Rogues. Dean also played himself in MuzikMafia TV and scored the background music for the full season.

 

As a live performer and recording artist, Dean has opened for major acts such as B.B. King, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, and scores of country music artists.

 

His stage experience ranges from grandiose dinner parties in Beverly Hills to funky Mississippi juke joints to arenas, stadiums and festivals around the world. A partial list includes Radio City Music Hall (New York), Madison Square Garden (New York), Staples Center (Los Angeles), Reliant Stadium (Houston, TX), Williams-Brice Stadium (Columbia, SC), Nissan Stadium (Nashville), Bridgestone Arena (Nashville), Ryman Auditorium (Nashville), War Memorial Auditorium (Nashville), Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL), Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI), Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, ME), FedExForum (Memphis, TN), Rupp Arena (Lexington, KY), The Tivoli (Brisbane, AU), The Metro (Sydney, AU), Moonlight Music & Wine Festival (Perth, AU), Melbourne International Music Festival (Melbourne, AU), State Fair of Texas, Minnesota State Fair, Ohio State Fair, House of Blues (Hollywood, Las Vegas), Whisky A Go Go (Los Angeles), B.B. King Blues Club (Nashville, Memphis, Los Angeles), Grand Ole Opry (Nashville), Malibu Inn (Malibu, CA), Proud Larry’s (Oxford, MS), and Nashville’s Bluebird Café.

 

Additionally, he managed and produced the “No Bull” live infield show for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series races from 1997 to 2000, providing lighting and sound production in addition to performing as the headlining act. The shows’ attendance ranged from 5,000-18,000 people at the major NASCAR motor speedways, such as the Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Talladega Super Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, et al.

 

Dean owns an independent record label (Python Records) and two publishing companies (Dean Hall Music—ASCAP and Dean T. Hall Music—BMI) and a home Pro Tools recording studio. He recently finished recording his third CD at MTSU’s Studio A with MTSU’s Professor Emeritus Chris Haseleu, assisted by several audio engineering students in the program.

 

Dean earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Middle Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Recording Industry from Middle Tennessee State University. Currently, he’s pursuing a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Science from Vanderbilt University. Dean is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AFM Local 257, NARAS, NSAI, ASCAP (Publisher), BMI (Writer, Publisher), ACLU, and the NAACP.

 

When he’s not recording, touring, or teaching, Dean loves to spend time with his wife, Carol, and their three rescue doggies: Bear, Sophie, and Crystal.

 

A collection of his music, short stories, poetry, and ramblings can be found at www.deanhall.com.

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