Dirk Hamilton

Dirk Hamilton will perform at Maryland Hall on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm. Opening for Hamilton is five time WAMMIE nominated singer-songwriter, Georgie Jessup. Tickets are $15; $10 for Maryland Hall members.
*Patrons will receive free popcorn and one complimentary glass of wine per paid ticket beginning at 7 pm.* Beer and wine will be available for purchase during the evening.
 
 

Dirk Hamilton is a classic case of "woulda, shoulda, coulda". Hailed in the 70's as a true poet/troubadour, his songwriting and singing were unique enough to make him standout from the singer-songwriter du jour, with a quirky style that was fresh and totally original. His voice was often compared to Van Morrison’s, and his performances and music were praised by respected publications like Rolling Stone and the LA Times.

His first album, "You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right," was released on ABC records in 1976. Produced by Gary Katz, who at the time was working with Steely Dan, and would later work with local legend Root Boy Slim, it was an excellent album that showcased his eclectic style as a writer, and was fairly well-received by the critics. His next album, "Alias," I would pair him with guitarist Don Evans, whose distinctive guitar sound would help shape and define Hamilton’s sound for the rest of the decade. In 1977, he released "Meet Me at the Crux," an album that is considered to be one of his finest works, and by many, myself included, a minor masterpiece. Rolling Stone magazine called it an "overlooked gem," among other things. He finished out the 70's with "Thug of Love," another excellent album full of well-crafted songs that would cement his legacy as the best singer-songwriter nobody ever heard of. Then he basically walked away from the "busyness," as he calls it. After laying low for much of the 80's, he returned to recording in the 90's, and since that time has recorded and released some of the best music of his career. Hamilton's latest album is called "Solo Mono" and it is his first truly solo acoustic record. Just guitar, vocals, and Dirk laying his soul on the line.

Although there was promise never realized, there are absolutely no regrets on his part. He told me "I feel good about how things have transpired for me so far. I've stayed alive in the largest sense, and I've never stopped living and growing as an artist and a man. I'm more alive than ever, I'm approaching "wise", and have never been better as an artist".

That’s more evident than on Dirk’s latest release “Solo Mono,” a stripped down, back to his roots record that has Hamilton in peak form as a singer/songwriter and guitarist. And while some of his contemporaries have gone on to greater success, it’s not all about the “busyness” for Dirk; it’s about the craft and what people derive from his music.

Dirk is making a rare trip to the East coast and will be making an appearance at Maryland Hall on Wednesday Nov 14th. He will be performing songs from "Solo Mono" as well as dipping into his extensive back catalogue for classics like "Billboard on the Moon" and "Meet Me at the Crux." If you missed Hamilton the first time around, meaning 35 years ago now is the perfect opportunity to see what all the fuss was about. I promise it’ll be worth your while.

-- Michael Macey, Box Office Coordinator

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