DIETRICH STRAUSE

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It's a classic love story. A young doe-eyed songwriter meets an avant-garde rock band. Such is the story of Dietrich Strause and The Blue Ribbons' burgeoning collaboration, after meeting seven years ago sharing back-to-back Tuesday night residencies at Toad in Cambridge.

The Boston Globe has said The Blue Ribbons “combine upbeat disillusionment and celebratory fatalism with musicianship." An unlikely and exciting match for Dietrich Strause's meticulously crafted songs - which WBUR says are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a "virtuosic command of imagery." Boston Music Award winning four piece The Blue Ribbons have a fearless sound; evolved over a decade of tirelessly and joyously playing bar rooms, clubs, and festivals. Their influences are rooted deeply in the jazz and rock and roll anti-traditions, described as “Ray Charles and Tom Waits on a pirate ship with Sun Ra and Captain Beefheart." In his eight years living in New England, Dietrich Strause has evolved in his own parallel way, from writing Appalachian nostalgia porn to mid-century modern pop rock. He has cut his teeth on the road supporting a wide range of artists from Anais Mitchell and Sarah Jarosz, to Leif Vollebekk and Lake Street Dive. He spent the fall and winter living in London, touring extensively throughout the UK by train and foot and writing the material for the homecoming recording session.

PHOTO BY BRIAN CARROLL

PHOTO BY BRIAN CARROLL

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Dietrich Strause & The Blue Ribbons (7 July 2017)

Produced by Dietrich Strause & The Blue Ribbons
Recorded by Sam Kassirer at Great North Sound Society
Mixed and mastered by Paul Q. Kolderie
Cover design by Dietrich Strause
Full Credits

Affair at the 58th Floor
Ancient Rite
The Water's Edge
All the Creatures
Coronation of a Queen
Philadelphia
Walking the Waters

How Cruel That Hunger Binds (26 August 2016)

Produced by Zachariah Hickman
Recorded by Sam Kassirer at Great North Sound Society
Mixed by Brandon Eggleston
Mastered by Jeff Lipton asst. by Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering
Cover photograph by Michael Spencer

The Beast That Rolls Within
Lying In Your Arms
The Dove
Pennsylvania
Home From the Heartland
Around the World
Boy Born to Die
Spring Has Sprung
So Long, So Far
Rainy Days
The World Once Turning

Little Stones to Break the Giant's Heart (22 October 2013)

Produced by Austin Nevins
Recorded and mixed by Matt Malikowski
at Dimension Sound Studios
Mastered by Eric Conn & Don Cobb at Independent Mastering
Original artwork by Peter Nevins / Layout by Charlie Wagers
Full Credits

Annie Dear
In the Well
Unsinkable
Our Lady Ponderosa
Lemonade Springs
The Sleeping Wilderness
Bootlegger
Tell Me Mary
Jean Louise
Sling & Stone
Song for Alice

ABOUT

Dietrich Strause’s songs are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a "virtuosic command of imagery.” (The Artery, WBUR) Strause released his new album How Cruel That Hunger Binds on August 26th, produced by Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontage, Josh Ritter), the next benchmark in his steady evolution as one of the most eclectic writers and performers coming out of New England.  His newest collection of songs is found somewhere in the shadows of the likes of Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon. Strause dropped out of music school, where he was studying classical trumpet, to become a politics major and take up the guitar. But that hasn’t kept him from incorporating his first instrument into the texture of his recordings, or from putting down the guitar to lead his band with just his voice and his trumpet. His last release Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart was featured in No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, CMT’s The Edge, and on Starbucks’ world wide playlist, helping him garner invitations on the road with folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell, Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Jarosz. 

PHOTO BY SAM KASSIRER

PHOTO BY SAM KASSIRER

PRESS

"The sound is rich and adventurous and Strause proves himself to be a romantic, engaging lyricist and performer" R2 Magazine

"Captivating and evocative...be transported" Americana UK

"Timeless melody and a polished command of imagery...an outright beautiful odyssey, the grand nature of the production is fulfilling through the end." Impose Magazine

"Mixes folk and blues into a poppy result that sounds like M. Ward" Sound of Boston

"Fresh, invigorated, full of energy...raw, real, and honest." Fatea Magazine

"Mellifluous heartbreak at it's finest." Roots & Branches

"A polished, rich, golden-era masterpiece." Glide Magazine

"Remarkable...he write with a highly literary pen, using language that is as thoughtful as it is refined." Twangville

“Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart” reveals his knack for vivid, almost literary lyricism inflected by myth and metaphor. The songs boast a virtuosic command of imagery and wordplay…” WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station

“The melodies are musically intelligent and his words are poetry. He packs a lot of imagery, meaning and emotion into his songs with an efficiency that doesn’t feel the least bit forced. The subject matter is largely timeless and ordinary, but there are unexpected turns and instances of subtle wordplay.” Fly Magazine

“The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craft—Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim James—and the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby." Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston

PHOTO BY BRIAN CARROLL

PHOTO BY BRIAN CARROLL

PHOTO BY JON STRYMISH

PHOTO BY JON STRYMISH

L2R: JEF CHARLAND, TAURAS BISKIS, DIETRICH STRAUSE, MIKE CASTELLANA, JAMES ROHR

L2R: JEF CHARLAND, TAURAS BISKIS, DIETRICH STRAUSE, MIKE CASTELLANA, JAMES ROHR

CONTACT

info@dietrichstrause.com