Ratliff Dean

Ratliff Dean

 Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Ratliff Dean Thiebaud has been performing Outlaw Country Blues for 20 years and a million miles playing for crowds of 20 to over 2000. Paying tribute to the classics, he creates music with depth, heart, and soul. Audiences don't just listen to the songs, they become part of the story.


Born in Amarillo and raised in Odessa TX, predominantly by the Ratliff branch of the family, Big Dean was inspired by what inspired most of the Texas youth in his day Waylon, Willie and the boys, Allman Brothers, Neil Young, Commander Cody and a slew of other folks who crossed his ears in those formative years.

Former Woodbox Gang guitarist & vocalist Ratliff Dean Thiebaud is a striking image towering before you with guitar in hand. 6’7” Thiebaud has been traversing the country in a gypsie-like fashion since he was still in grade school.

Thiebaud recalls, “I moved to Houston in the fourth grade, and to Beverly Hills CA in The fifth grade and grew up mostly between TX and CA. Being a beach bum most of the year and working on the ranch in the summertime. The best of both worlds. I ran away from home when I was sixteen and hitched around and had many adventures. Learning and writing songs. Ending up in Southern IL in 1992.”

As a lengthy touring and recording member of the Woodbox Gang, Thiebaud also can be found as half of the late 90’s Alternative Country group The MoJoDeans (co-singer & co-writer on the self-titled disc) as well as on the Mountain Sprout disc, Charlie Birger Documentary sound track, Buckminster Fuller Tribute album and several Randy Crouch titles.

Dean has had the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center with the Woodbox Gang and has performed shows with the Drive By Truckers, Jason & The Scorchers (as well as Jason Ringenberg solo shows), Slobberbone, Junior Brown, Robert Earl Keen, Vince Herman, Charlie Robison, Truckstop Honeymoon, Jason Boland, Randy Crouch, Hank 3, David Allen Coe, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice and Peter Rowan…just to name a few.

After a long absence from his home state of Texas, Ratliff Dean has finally come home to do what he loves best... Rockin' some country blues in every honky tonk in Texas!!


MojoDeans (self titled album available on itunes)
Played and wrote songs on "Drunk as Dragons","Born With a Tail","Legend of Charlie Birger","Showdown" all full length releases by former band "Woodbox Gang" and also available on itunes
Jason Ringenberg's (Best Tracks and Sidetracks 1979-2007)
Bucky Dome (A tribute to Buckminster Fuller, featuring Randy Crouch and Vince Herman of Great American Taxi)
Mountain Sprout ("Into The Sun", "One More For The Ditch") Ratliff makes regular appearances with this band in which his younger brother, Blayne Thiebaud, plays fiddle.

Set List

Original songs
Roaming Blues, I'm Coming Home, Train Back To Texas, God Fearin' Woman, You Can Take The Road, My Life Is Mine, She's My Baby, Mockingbyrd Blues, I'm Not Sorry, When It's All Been Said And Done

Cover songs
Long Tall Texan(trad.), Makins' Of A Song(Waylon and Willie), Ride Me Down Easy(Billy Joe Shaver), Gettin' By, High, Strange(Kris Kristofferson), Whiskey River(Willie Nelson), Machine Gun(Jimi Hendrix), Road Goes On Forever(Robert Earl Keen), Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground(Willie Nelson)