Dirk Hamilton, always connected to Stockton personally, musically and spiritually, sends some thoughts worth contemplating regarding “Touch and Go,” his 19th album since 1976.
As usual, it somehow has avoided a deserved degree of attention.
Now living in a Dallas suburb (Plano), the 67-year-old Lincoln High School grad – and some cyberspatial supporters – explains:
I’m back home in already-soaked-but-still-storming Texas. Below are emails we posted to shamelessly plug the new CD, “Touch and Go,”
Why buy CDs? I guess because, like me, you might like having something real in your hands.
I like having a real copy of Keith Richards’ new one (“Cross-Eyed Heart”). I like the idea of you having ‘Touch and Go’ in your hands. It’s definitely the prettiest album I’ve ever put out artwork-wise.
There’s also the thing about supporting the artists you like. Most of us struggle mightily to survive and are working with no financial net below us.
Ordering directly from me is the only way, besides coming to a show, you can get a signed copy. You can order it directly from dirkhamilton.com via snail mail, credit card or Paypal or from just about every other place CDs are sold.
People ask me where they can read the lyrics. You can find them, along with lyrics to songs on all the other albums, under ‘discography’ at dirkhamilton.com.
Whatever you do or don’t do I wish you well (unless you’re evil). I’m well into my 60s now. One of the good things about getting old is you can almost see the finish line. I find that truly freeing.
TOUCH AND GO EMAILS
JUST AWESOME! Your album taught me, that it is still worth listening to lyrics. I do enjoy „Misery Woman“ a lot. That would make a wonderful novel. Maybe Patricia Highsmith would have made one of her great stories out of that one. Gladiola may be even my favorite track on the album. I do enjoy all of them And the sequencing. Fantastic band work. They even did a good job on “Build a Submarine“. On that one I really like the electric guitar. The choir is greatly arranged and funny at times. Your voice has reached a very comfortable lower register, which suits the music perfectly.
Dirk Huseman- Germany
Another quintessential Dirk Hamilton cd – a touch of romance, common sense, playfulness, anger, and a lot of smarts. I haven’t stopped playing it in a month.
Brian Brick – Oakland
I love this new album — beautiful, thoughtful, passionate songwriting, the soulful singing, and the great harp and guitar with the added delight of producer/sideman Rob Laufer’s instrumental/vocal/studio touches. There are some real classics on Touch and Go — the exuberant, joyful “Gladiola,” the sweet and poignant title track, the Texas twister of a tune “Head on a Neck” (which I would rank among the greatest tunes Dirk has created in his 40+ years of songwriting). The whole album is a triumph, not a weak track on it. This is a first-rate effort, a must-have for anyone who loves this guy’s music or is just looking for best-kept secrets in American art.
Steven Crozier – Seattle
in one word: wonderful!!
Mauro Euphrosini – Italy
I’ve listened all the way though a couple of times and really like it. Early favorites (and these often change over time as new things are revealed): “Gladiola,” “Touch and Go” (love the production on that one, with the subtle but important keyboard and guitar textures), “For the Love of a Lady,” “Build a Submarine,” the simple, lilting “the Only Thing That Matters,” and the Dylanesque (in a good way) “Mister Moreno.” Great job all the way around! There’s a nice consistency to it all; feels like single statement in a way, with tendrils and offshoots and filigrees emanating from a single source–your soul, of course.
Blair Jackson – Oakland
Touch And Go arrived yesterday and I’ve already played it half a dozen times. Yep, it’s that good! Rob Laufer was a cool choice for producer because he’s the old school type who hears sounds, not formulas. 13 great songs that offer so much, love how Rob, who knows it’s all about the singer and the song, adds and subtracts. The crunching guitar and organ on Head On A Neck (Tony Joe White should over it) creates a great slab of swamp Blues whereas re-working The Only Thing That Matters around acoustic guitar and viola creates a whole new song. Also cool, is getting your voice and harmonica right up in the mix. Definitely a batch of some of your best songs- “Mister Moreno ” is a killer closer and ‘Gladiola” a monster opener (love the slide guitar) Lyrics rock also, ranges from universal to personal (The Love Of A Lady to ‘Blame The Poor”) Nice Stonesy groove attached to Not Free To Me”. So, did I tell you I love the entire album? Great stuff indeed!
Michael Macdonald – Australia
I enjoy the serious depth of music you instill with your playing and vocally, creating many styles, while being true to an Americana roots feel.
Dr. Glen Silver – Richardson, Texas
I’ve been listening to this for about a week now. Wonderful stuff. It’s all fresh but there are a couple of places (like “Cheers to the Heart”) where I can almost believe we’re back in 1978.
Denny Gibson – Ohio
The ‘touch and go’ is literate and alive without a hint of pretension. Bravo, Dirk Hamilton. You’ve done it again!
Alice Anderson – Palo Alto, CA
The recent No Depression magazine article by Gary Stoller