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Richard Dieker
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Richard Dieker: A singer/guitarist in the pop, country and folk tradition. My roots are in folk/country, my word picture songs are self-reflective, and Don Qu
I AM A SINGER/GUITARIST, PLAYING POP, COUNTRY, AND FOLK MUSIC. COVERS INCLUDE SONGS BY JOHNNY CASH, BOB DYLAN, WILLIE NELSON, GORDON LIGHTFOOT, JIMMY BUFFETT, MERLE HAGGARD, AND MANY OTHERS. MY ORIGINAL SONGS,WHICH RANGE FROM SELF-REFLECTIVE SONGS TO PROTEST SONGS, WILL BE POSTED ON THIS WEB SITE.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
JUST FOR FRIENDS. NOW 77, I AM OFFICIALLY RETIRED!
Your musical influences
JOHNNY CASH, SINCE HIS FIRST RECORDING IN 1955 WITH SUN RECORDS, THROUGH HIS LATEST RELEASE IN 2008 ON AMERICAN RECORDINGS, WAS/IS A MAJOR INFLUENCE. CLEAR, HONEST, DIRECT. (SIMPLE GUITAR MAN) I WAS ALSO MOVED BY BOB DYLAN'S EARLY PROTEST MUSIC(SHAME,WAR GAMES), JIMMY BUFFET'S SEARCH FOR TROPICAL NIRVANA, (BIG PINE KEY, BOMBA'S SHACK) TOBY KEITH, KRIS KRISTOFERSON, WILLIE NELSON AND MANY OTHER FOLK AND COUNTRY ARTISTS. HARRY CHAPIN WAS A GREAT STORY TELLER, AND I FEEL HIS INFLUENCE IN SOME OF MY SONGS (A MEMORY OR TWO, TOMORROW NEVER COMES, ETC). I WISH I COULD PLAY 12 STRING GUITAR LIKE LEO KOTTKE.
What equipment do you use?
TAYLOR 814CE 6 STRING AND 854 CE 12 STRING GUITARS. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL GUITARS THAT SOUND BETTER THAN I PLAY... YES, I LOVE MY GUITARS.
Anything else?
APRIL, 2010 WINNER, SENIOR IDOL CONTEST, ROYAL PALM BEACH, FL AUG. 2004- WINNER, SENIOR GOSPEL SINGER; FIRST RUNNER UP, SENIOR COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER FLORIDA COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF PALM BEACH COUNTY OCT. 2004 SECOND PLACE, SENIOR GOSPEL SINGER; FLORIDA COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION STATE CONTEST MY FAVORITE CONCERT WAS PERFORMING A FEW YEARS AGO FOR 500+ PEOPLE AT THE WELLINGTON SENIORS CLUB. EVERYONE WAS SO RESPONSIVE TO MY MUSIC, I COULD HAVE PLAYED ALL AFTERNOON.
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