Dickie w/ Adam Plomaritas
DICKIE is a contrast in design. To pair a mid-forties gray-mopped hang-it-up-already pop songwriter and a striking mid-twenties classically trained violinist is simply a formula for deserved obscurity. But in practice, the balance proves a brilliant alliance.
Veteran tunesmith Dick Prall has taken his wares and shared them with violinist Kristina Priceman to create a collection of dark, gorgeous, and oft-times moony sing-alongs. The self-titled record comes in like a bellowing newborn, but settles into a pace of dynamic ebb and flow as it ages and ends with a Roy Orbison-styled recount of hopeful love that never bleeds into the saccharine.
Dick has a long history of fashioning accessible, viral tunes and inserting them with lilting melodies. It started with his 1998 release Somewhere About Here, prompting No Depression to dub his debut a track-by-track monster. His follow-up record, Dressing Up the Failure, under the moniker Starch Martins, brought performances with Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, and Justin Townes Earle. Fizzlebuzzie gained further national and international attention with features in such media outlets as NME.com and Performing Songwriter, who claimed the record a box of chocolates for your ears. The beautifully alarming and infectious Weightless with its single The Cornflakes Song, featuring Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, garnered radio spins across the country. It also landed a spot on Paste Magazines CD compilation for their 2007 year-end issue. Popmatters.com weighed in on the album adding (he) crafts fault-free melodies that make the listener very eager to find out whats around the corner. On the self-produced Inc. EP, Prall fused lush vocals with straightforward guitars to assemble a quintet of oddly pop-fueled gems. His final pre-DICKIE venture was his studio collaboration with Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), producing three whip-smart singles that were golden online giveaways.
Around the time a twenty-five-year old Prall began teaching himself guitar, a five-year-old Priceman started her classical training on violin. Winning competitions and soloing with orchestras brought her to Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI where as a freshman she snuck off to begin a secret touring life as a rock musician. Nine years on the road has taken her around the world sharing stages and performing with the likes of Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. What pulls her into the DICKIE pairing is that shes not simply providing texture shes an integral lead instrument who fills the landscape with meticulously clever parts and ensures that every note resonates the authors intent.
This solid effort is a matching of Pralls personal experience with Pricemans ability to emphasize the storylines with surgical beauty. He lived them, and she punctuates those truths. Her string arrangements even her voice wrap around his biographical narrative as endearing support to the misfortune he so attractively delivers.
The contrasts are certainly apparent on the surface of the DICKIE partnership, but underneath are where the strengths dwell and their first offering is a resounding testament to this compelling union.
Adam Plomaritas presents an onslaught of tight, satisfying rock 'n roll, tastefully seasoned with soul and blues. You might say that Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald, and Stevie Wonder all got eaten by a Telecaster-toting grizzly. But perhaps Adam is most aptly described as the most winsome head-snap in the Detroit-metro music scene.
Adam writes infectious tunes with pure-hearted lyrics and rhythms that could rile any dance floor. With an arresting, powerhouse vocal delivery, guitar chops no one can argue with, and a seasoned crew of the best accompanying musicians, Adam brings the party.
Born, raised, and residing in Ypsilanti, MI, Plomaritas has played the coffee house/bar scene for almost a decade. He has taken the stage with some of the regions favorite acts: Theo Katzman, Hannah Winkler, Abigail Stauffer, and Wayward Roots, and has even shared the bill with national acts such as The Spring Standards, Switchfoot, and Jason Upton.
In March of 2012 he released an EP titled Leave the Light On. His first single from the EP, Hard Way, has received regular airplay on Ann Arbor radio. Off the momentum of Leave the Light On, Plomaritas launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of a full length album due out this January.
The new album is going to be called The Hard Way and Im really proud of it it is fittingly named, says Plomaritas. Not only was the album completely fan funded, we decided to track it almost entirely to analog tape and track everything live, with everybody in the same room, whenever possible. The energy of a real band of people playing instruments in a room together cant be beat. But its tough. All those people have to nail their part to move on to the next tune. To keep that energy high and upbeat at the end of a twelve hour recording session is as rewarding as it is difficult. But when people get the album, theyll feel the emotion that went into it and I really think theyll dig it.
Trinity House Theatre (View)
38840 West Six Mile
Livonia, MI 48152
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