Dirk Hamilton was born in Hobart, Indiana and raised in California. He was signed to ABC records in 1975 by Steely Dan producer Gary Katz. In '78 his 3rd major label offering, Meet Me at the Crux, was
released on Elektra:
"It is possible that Dirk Hamilton may be the most important singer/songwriter on the Elektra Asylum roster. To these ears; he's certainly the most interesting ...
[this at a time when Jackson Browne - The Pretenders, Warren Zevon, Steve Goodma n, Tom Waits, Booker T & the MGs, The Eagles, Linda
Ronstadt, The Cars, John Prine, Harry Chapin, Joe Cocker and Queen, were his label mates]
... On the other hand he sounds like a person who would die - or kill before he'd sell out. It's a great part of what's to recommend him."
Cashbox Magazine top ten albums of the year, 1978 (December issue).
He has a catalogue of 18 albums released on various labels both in the U.S. and Europe. He is known for his intelligent lyrics and passionate performances.
He currently lives in New Mexico. His latest CD is called 'Touch and Go".
What The Critics Say
Lucid, intelligent and distinctive songs with a throaty howl that resembles Van Morrison and John Hiatt; also an emotive, evocative singer as well as a winning presence onstage"
Chronicle Austin Chronicle
"Dirk's music radiates from the crossroads of Passion and Smart"
Derk Richardson, KPFA
"A brilliant live performer"
"One of the few legitimate poets on the scene"
New York Press
With a style that drew comparisons to Van Morrison, Leon ard Cohen and John Prine, Dirk Hamilton released a slew of critically acclaimed major label records In the mld-70's Into the 80's ('Meet Me at the Crux' is considered a minor masterpiece before leaving the music industry behind to counsel troubled teens. He never really stopped though, becoming something of a star In Italy and quietly releasing 14 more albums since 1989. He has rock and roll passion, razor sharp wit and the poetic musings of someone who has seen it all. McCabes Concerts
He toured the country with his crack rock band and released 4 major label albums in the mid-70's into the 80's but inexplicably disappeared for several years before returning
with a vengeance and a brand new band. Performing both with bands and solo, Dirk has toured the U.S. as well as Europe for the last 30 years.