Is That a Real Song or Did You Just Make It Up?
After a long break, I’m playing music again, and have just released my fourth album, Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, a companion to my novel. You can stream or buy the CD or LP on Bandcamp, or buy it at select Twin Cities stores (for now, try Treehouse, the Electric Fetus, or Roadrunner). And the novel comes with a free download code, so you could get the music that way. The album’s brief notes to some extent try to proceed as if Bolling were a nonfictional country singer, though not to the point of giving him songwriting credit in the fine print, which isn’t really that fine. Despite the album’s title, only five of the album’s songs are, to my mind, covers of songs by this secondary character in my novel, and even these are somewhat free interpretations, with a few anachronisms and perhaps two or three lines that Greene wouldn’t have entertained or tolerated. The remaining songs derive from the novel’s narrative in other ways, or borrow some of its phrases, images, or themes. Here’s a video of one the album’s songs, “West Texas Winds”:
I keep insisting that Bolling Greene is fictional, but the brilliant Jon Hunt found one of his old LPs at an estate sale (cover shown below, right).
I’m excited to be doing some shows again as well (see the appearances page for more specifics). I’ll be playing piano with backing from the Toughies: Terry Eason on guitar, James Everest on bass, Erik Mathison on drums, and occasional guests. I’ve also been playing keyboards as a kind of sideman in a few bands here and there.
My earlier recordings are for the most part out of print, though you can buy digital versions of some of them on various sites, and the CDs seem to show up used with some frequency, at prices that smile on the bargain hunter. Here’s a video Benno Nelson made around 2000 for “City Lights”:
And Here is a partial discography, poorly researched:
- 2012, Sings Bolling Greene, CD and LP (Two Deuces)
- 2001, Alive with Pleasure, CD (No Alternative Records)
- 1998, Poughkeepsie, CD (No Alternative Records)
- 1997 (?), Vision Web (as dylan davis), cassette (self-released)
- 1996, Won, CD (No Alternative Records)
- 1994 (?), “Time Capsule,” forty-five RPM single (Prospective Records)
- 1992 (?), “Chump Remover,” forty-five RPM single EP (Prospective Records)
- 1990, The New Dylan, cassette (self-released)
West Texas Winds
Now Your Are a Country Deejay in Berlin
Days of Dayton, Nights of Columbus