In early October 1998, Dean answered the call for an audition for acoustic guitar acts. Unknown to him at the time, this opportunity would be the perfect springboard for his career in promoting his original material. Butch Imhoff’s Acoustic Roadshow was in its embryonic stages and Dean was quick to realize its potential. He not only became a regular performer, but the Assistant Producer for the show. Live performances increased dramatically as well as television appearances and, ultimately, CD sales. The Acoustic Roadshow also introduced him to an exceptional cross section of progressing acoustic performers located throughout southeastern Pennsylvania, many looking for a low-cost means to have their music heard. In July 2000, Dean made his project recording studio available for client productions. In addition to digital demos, the resultant quality was so good that complete albums became the norm. Recent credits include the fingerstyle sounds of Marty Alfiero’s Footprints album, a seasonal Train Ride With Santa CD by Butch Imhoff, a wonderful collection of bluegrass cover tunes with Bill & Bobbi Germain and Montana Young's 2013 Perfectly Insane  CD. In addition to his live performances, you would frequently find Dean at Meadowood Music, 8521 Allentown Pike, Blandon, Pennsylvania, where he offered instruction in guitar, songwriting, recording and CD production. What better place to hear and have him demonstrate that unmistakable Martin guitar sound that has become his trademark.

Dean Smith Music provides services such as: musical performances and lessons in guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin, mountain dulcimer, bass, resonator, and songwriting. in the following (and surrounding) locations:
Bedford County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Henry County, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, Roanoke, Algoma, Arrowhead, Barfoot, Boone's Mill, Boones Mill, Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Cape Carlyn, Coopers Cove, Crafts Point, Cross Roads, Crossroads, Dickinson, Dillon's Mill, Dillons Mill, Dugwell, Endicott, Ferrum, Fork Mt, Fork Mountain, Foxsport, Gladehill, Gogginsville, Hardy Ford, Hay Run, Helm, Henry, Henry Fork, Hickman, Hopkin's Mill, Hopkins Mill, Ingramville, Laprades Mill, Mill Creek, Naff, North Shore, Peckerwood Level, Pelican Point, Penhook, Piedmont Mill, Prilliman, Progress, Red Valley, Redwood, Reed Creek Village, Rock Run, Rocky Mount, Sago, Scruggs, Smart, Smith's Paradise, Smiths Paradise, Sydnorsville, Sidnorsville, Taylor, The Waterfront, Union Hall, Vashti, Waidsboro, Westlake Corner, White Pine, Wirtz,