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Dieter van der Westen  

“One of the best albums ever made on Dutch soil in this genre of music” is one of the enervating quotes written on the new album “Me and you” by the Dieter van der Westen band this spring. Renowned music magazine OOR also classified the new album as “an album to cherish“. The Dutch and Belgium press received the new album with great excitement.
Now for just more than a year and a half Dieter van der Westen and his band are performing on festivals in The Netherland. This spring they released their brandnew album. The group spreads an eclectic mix of Americana, Indiefolk and World with catchy authentic songs that stick in peoples minds. The musicians carry an extended musical bagage and international performance experience, but in the Dieter van der Westen band they focus on their love for pure rootsy Americana songs.
And it sounds like...
Frits magazine describes Van der Westens voice on the new album as a mixture between a young Mark Knopfler with a twist of a folky Neil Young and also altcountryforum describes the sound in that direction. Indeed Van der Westen is influenced by Knopfler, Young as well as Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits. But having also a background in North African music he combines it with rhythms and tonality influenced by artists like Idir, Khaled and Manu Chao. The album was enriched by the musical influences of the different band members; Dieters brother Eric van der Westen bassplayer (Sezen Aksu, Martin Fondse, Lenine), guitar player Aron Raams (Gare du Nord, Paul de Leeuw), drummer Gijs Anders van Straalen (Wouter Hamel, Room Eleven), and from Banjo and Dobro player Joost Abbel (Zorita). On the album Mirte de Graaff performed the violin on the first four tracks.
Up till now...
In 2017 the first concert they played was at national radiochannel De Concertzender, but soon shows followed at Divercity festival, The Hague and in Paradiso in Amsterdam. In the autumn and winter 2017 the band played theatre shows and prepared the new album Me and you which they recorded in februari 2018. the album was produced by Mickey Smid, known for his productions with blues trance group My Baby. The album was presented on the 15th of april 2018 in Paradiso Amsterdam and soon Dutch and Belgium music press gave the album positive reviews. In the spring of 2018 the band also played the main stage of Bevrijdingsfestival Amsterdam alongside acts like My Baby and Heavn.
Dutch radio picked up the album and NPO radio 1 asked the band to play in “Met het oog op morgen” the radio program with most listeners on Dutch radio.
Festival De Parade booked the band for the editions in Utrecht and Amsterdam as a closing act for the night. In august the band played Zandstock festival, alongside bands like Jett Rebel and Blaudzun.
For the autumn and winter of 2018 the band will play theatres with the new album and also the festival season of 2019 with the new album will be prepared.
In the Netherlands Dieter worked with local known artists like Thé Lau, Blof, Paul de Leeuw, Frank Boeijen, Ali B, Eric Vloeimans, Gerard van Maasakkers, Eric Vloeimans, Astrid Nijgh and the Grammy award winning Metropole Orchestra. www.dietervanderwesten.com
Album: Me and you (2018)
Album Reviews:
"Van der Westen has the songs and the voice ..." (Written in music)
"Me and you is an album that hardly ever finds its equal in the Netherlands in its genre" (Johnnysgarden)
"Vocally, Van der Westen sounds a little like a young Neil Young" (Altcountryforum)
"Dieter van der Westen is also very good at the American continent" (De Gelderlander)
"I would not be surprised if this album by the Dieter van der Westen Band could just do well in the USA" (Bluesmagazine)
"The songs are also stronger, so much stronger that the only 'traditional', the song Jesse James, is a bit pale." (mixedworld magazine)
"But after listening to this 'Me and You' by Dieter van der Westen and his band, I'm also a little bit shaken" (rootsville.be)
"A personal story in the album title track" Me And You ", again with great work on violin" (rootstime.be)
"Just an excellent record" (real-roots café)
"Me And You" is a strong record of a band that has deliberately nested itself in a niche. " (Damusic.be)
"The lyrics are absolutely worth listening to, musically it's all well done. (Barnowlblues)
"Miss You More is a favorite, Groovy, and the wonderful up-tempo country sound that you may hear." (ftmtopmusic.com)
"Within the spectrum of the Americana, Van der Westen knows how to bring out a good mix of styles."
"A record without any weak moments, which from the opener Driving Home to the strong final song Where I Belong surprises pleasantly ." (altcountryforum)


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# Pacific   Time Name length Rating   Notes
1 9:00 AM & 9:00 PM Driving Home 05:11 4 New song
2 9:05 AM & 9:05 PM Me and You 03:20 4 New song
3 9:08 AM & 9:08 PM Lay Me Down 04:01 4 New song
4 9:12 AM & 9:12 PM Come Come Come 03:45 4 New song
5 9:16 AM & 9:16 PM Miss You More 03:16 4 New song
6 9:19 AM & 9:19 PM Sometimes 04:33 4 New song
7 9:24 AM & 9:24 PM Heart of Mine 05:09 4 New song
8 9:29 AM & 9:29 PM Jessie James 03:34 4 New song
9 9:33 AM & 9:33 PM Take Me Higher 04:36 4 New song
10 9:38 AM & 9:38 PM Where I Belong 03:43 4 New song

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# Pacific   Time Artist Name length Rating Notes
11 9:41 AM & 9:41 PM Simon Scardanelli Shooting From My Heart 05:00 4 New song
12 9:47 AM & 9:47 PM Jimena & Torbjorn Vagle Live To Regret 05:09 4 New song
13 9:52 AM & 9:52 PM Pete Falloon Runway Now 03:09 4 New song
14 9:55 AM & 9:55 PM W. Dire Wolff Waiting on Tulsa 04:42 4
15 10:00 AM & 10:00 PM Lisa Brigantino Free Verse 01:55 4
16 10:02 AM & 10:02 PM Liam Naughton & the Educators Where The Chips Fall 04:35 4
17 10:06 AM & 10:06 PM Our House, Lake of The Woods, MN House of Fire 06:59 4
18 10:14 AM & 10:14 PM Skidbone The Measure of Courage 02:31 4 New song
19 10:16 AM & 10:16 PM d'Z Conviction 04:09 4
20 10:20 AM & 10:20 PM Forge The Rubicon The Vector 04:07 4
21 10:25 AM & 10:25 PM King Baba James Doctor 04:39 4
22 10:29 AM & 10:29 PM AirCrash Detectives Be The One 04:22 4 New song
23 10:34 AM & 10:34 PM Honey Beard Reverie 03:13 4 New song
24 10:37 AM & 10:37 PM Lovely is to the Bone Dont You Understand Love 04:02 4
25 10:41 AM & 10:41 PM Mick J Clark Soldier Boy 04:07 4
26 10:45 AM & 10:45 PM Para Lia The Man Who Went Away 04:14 4 New song
27 10:50 AM & 10:50 PM ross byron Private War 04:53 4 New song
28 10:55 AM & 10:55 PM Sundodger Last Stand 04:24 4
29 10:59 AM & 10:59 PM Ruby Tina Bells Ring Loud 03:57 4 New song
30 11:03 AM & 11:03 PM Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream Since You Left 03:01 4
31 11:06 AM & 11:06 PM Servants of Science Tedium Infinitum (Live) 03:57 4
32 11:10 AM & 11:10 PM Jason James The writings on the wall 04:26 4
33 11:15 AM & 11:15 PM Mike Shannon & Big Bus Dream Another Me - Reprise 00:53 4
34 11:16 AM & 11:16 PM Nico Moonshine 03:21 4
35 11:19 AM & 11:19 PM Samson Secrets to Hide 03:11 4
36 11:22 AM & 11:22 PM The Discarded Do you want it now_ 03:47 4
37 11:26 AM & 11:26 PM The Nelson Brothers Billy Jesse and Me 04:03 4
38 11:30 AM & 11:30 PM The Phosphenes Bitter Pills 03:52 4
39 11:34 AM & 11:34 PM The Refusers Government Slave 02:52 4
40 11:37 AM & 11:37 PM The Silverbeets Bureaucratic Philosophies 07:20 4
41 11:45 AM & 11:45 PM The Winachi Tribe Transition 03:35 4
42 11:48 AM & 11:48 PM Traces of Dawn When I Think About You 05:02 4
43 11:54 AM & 11:54 PM AirCrash Detectives Thar She Blows 03:04 4
44 11:57 AM & 11:57 PM Belinda M Chasing Fireflies 04:24 4
45 12:01 PM & 12:01 AM C.K. & The Rising Tide Hey Hey Helena 04:47 4
46 12:06 PM & 12:06 AM Donna Dunne Seduction 03:07 4
47 12:09 PM & 12:09 AM Jimmy Lee Morris Glad You've Gone 04:26 4
48 12:14 PM & 12:14 AM Second Chances Are Forever Fall From Grace 04:36 4
49 12:18 PM & 12:18 AM Soft White Glow Danse Macabre 05:27 4
50 12:24 PM & 12:24 AM Moaning Lisas Kick Me 04:11 4
51 12:28 PM & 12:28 AM Starkett Levee Open Door 04:35 4
52 12:33 PM & 12:33 AM Jimmy Lee Morris Something About You 03:06 4
53 12:36 PM & 12:36 AM Robert O'Connor No Second Chances 03:45 4
54 12:40 PM & 12:40 AM Servants of Science Peripheral (Live) 09:40 4
55 12:50 PM & 12:50 AM Allen and Douglas Dark Matters 05:15 4
56 12:55 PM & 12:55 AM Booker Creed Right and Wrong 03:16 4
57 12:58 PM & 12:58 AM Chris Medlock Jennifer 04:57 4
58 1:03 PM & 1:03 AM Richard Gilbert Tell Me What You'll Do 03:18 4
59 1:07 PM & 1:07 AM Anchor Detail Rapture 05:06 4
60 1:12 PM & 1:12 AM Burntfield What Remains 09:06 4
61 1:21 PM & 1:21 AM CJay DWN This Is Me 03:21 4
62 1:25 PM & 1:25 AM Ivar Sigurbergsson Rejoice with me 04:17 3
63 1:29 PM & 1:29 AM Amanda White Whackadoodle World 04:37 3
64 1:34 PM & 1:34 AM Vovkulaka Cemetery Voices 04:56 3 New song
65 1:39 PM & 1:39 AM Moscato UNSHINY 04:32 3
66 1:43 PM & 1:43 AM Keith Shaw L.M.A.O. 04:23 3
67 1:48 PM & 1:48 AM Watson Bradley Tiger 04:25 3
68 1:52 PM & 1:52 AM Watson Bradley Titan 03:17 3 New song
69 1:56 PM & 1:56 AM Sara Forslund Summer is like a swallow 03:49 3 New song