Dirk Hamilton


Hamilton’s had a long career following the success of his first album on ABC Records, “You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right,” produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan fame. His album “Meet Me at the Crux” released on Elektra Records was listed in Rolling Stone as “One of the overlooked gems of the seventies.” A longtime cult favorite in the U.S. and Europe, Dirk Hamilton’s catalogue currently includes 16 albums and he’s making new music all the time.

The New York Press called Hamilton “The original anti-folkie… always one of the few true poets on the scene.” The L.A. Times lauded him as “One of rock’s best kept secrets… a gripping live performer”. And the Austin Chronicle noted: “Lucid, intelligent and distinctive songs, with a throaty howl that resembles Van Morrison and John Hiatt; he’s also an emotive, evocative singer and a winning presence on stage.”

Dirk divides his time between the U.S. and Europe. In Italy he fronts an Italian band and he often tours there with his American band (New Jersey’s Don Evans on lead guitar and California’s Eric Westphal and Tim Seifert on bass and drums respectively).

Dirk currently resides in Dallas. A bi-lingual book, (English/Italian), of Hamilton’s complete lyrics, entitled Alias I, was published in Italy in 2009 by Fernandel Press. “I’ve had a long, strange career”, says Hamilton. “One of the weirdest and best things has been my relationship with Italy”. (He’s played at least one tour per year there for over 20 years). “I consider myself a poet first, but most
of the Italians don’t understand the words! At first I was troubled by this, but then I came to look at it as a compliment. They’re getting something in the music that’s not definable”.