January 2006 brought a new window of opportunity to Dean as he picked up bag and baggage (as well as a few guitar cases) and moved to Ferrum Virginia. He is actively performing in TN,NC,VA,MD and PA. Some of the better known groups he has opened for are The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Stray Birds, Wayne Henderson, Missy Raines, The White Top Mountain Band, The Celtic Martins and The LLoyd Dobbler Effect.

Dean offers group as well as individual instruction in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, resonator, dulcimer, viola and violin at Woodall's Music in Martinsville VA and The Blue Ridge Performance Academy in Rocky Mount VA. Students under Dean's instruction have been accepted into the music departments at Berklee, Appalacian State, Penn State, Virginia State, Radford, UVA, East Tennessee, Mansfield, and Kutztown Universities , Fall of 2006 Dean launched the Southwestern Virginia Chapter of the Acoustic Roadshow, a sister affiliate to the mainframe Acoustic Roadshow, with the added intent of bringing musicians from other localities together to learn and grow. Most recently he has released his third CD "MARIONETTES"  with the combined support and talents of fellow musicians Montana Young and Ron Stubblebine.

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,