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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
2 9:05 AM & 9:05 PM Me and You 03:20 4
3 9:08 AM & 9:08 PM Lay Me Down 04:01 4
4 9:12 AM & 9:12 PM Come Come Come 03:45 4
5 9:16 AM & 9:16 PM Miss You More 03:16 4
6 9:19 AM & 9:19 PM Sometimes 04:33 4
7 9:24 AM & 9:24 PM Heart of Mine 05:09 4
8 9:29 AM & 9:29 PM Jessie James 03:34 4
9 9:33 AM & 9:33 PM Take Me Higher 04:36 4
10 9:38 AM & 9:38 PM Where I Belong 03:43 4

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# Pacific   Time Artist Name length Rating Notes
11 9:41 AM & 9:41 PM Mia Wakefield Someone Else's Kiss 04:24 4
12 9:46 AM & 9:46 PM Watson Bradley Time Is Running 03:18 4 New song
13 9:49 AM & 9:49 PM Liam Naughton & the Educators Mother Nature 02:26 4
14 9:52 AM & 9:52 PM Forge The Rubicon Reckless Heart 03:55 4
15 9:56 AM & 9:56 PM W. Dire Wolff Nothing Really Works out so Bad 04:24 4
16 10:00 AM & 10:00 PM Keith Shaw Cherry Red 03:32 4
17 10:04 AM & 10:04 PM One Step From Everywhere Last Man on the Moon 03:41 4
18 10:08 AM & 10:08 PM AirCrash Detectives Be The One 04:22 4
19 10:12 AM & 10:12 PM Honey Beard Reverie 03:13 4
20 10:15 AM & 10:15 PM Lovely is to the Bone Dont You Understand Love 04:02 4
21 10:20 AM & 10:20 PM Max and the Ducks Upside Down 03:29 4
22 10:23 AM & 10:23 PM Mick J Clark Me My Body And I 04:26 4
23 10:28 AM & 10:28 PM Para Lia The Man Who Went Away 04:14 4
24 10:32 AM & 10:32 PM Paragon Cause Curiosity (Live)  04:45 4
25 10:37 AM & 10:37 PM Reise Shoreline (version 2) 04:00 4
26 10:41 AM & 10:41 PM ross byron Private War 04:53 4
27 10:46 AM & 10:46 PM TolbertToz Good For The Night 03:38 4 New song
28 10:50 AM & 10:50 PM Lovely is to the Bone Shine Your Light this Christmas 03:08 4 New song
29 10:53 AM & 10:53 PM Mick J Clark It's Getting Near Christmas 03:55 4
30 10:57 AM & 10:57 PM Rosewood Creek What I've Seen 03:44 4
31 11:01 AM & 11:01 PM Blake Anthony Robson I'm Not Ready 03:39 4
32 11:04 AM & 11:04 PM EVP On 66 03:58 4
33 11:08 AM & 11:08 PM Richard Gilbert Special 04:32 4
34 11:13 AM & 11:13 PM The Fisherman Cactus In My Pants 03:02 4
35 11:16 AM & 11:16 PM Black Hammer Voodoo Jam 02:47 5
36 11:19 AM & 11:19 PM Marshall Potts My Ship Is Sailing 02:08 4
37 11:21 AM & 11:21 PM Me & Munich Trickster 06:35 4
38 11:28 AM & 11:28 PM Mike McCleary Fire and Fury 05:14 4
39 11:33 AM & 11:33 PM Raspin Stuwart Reelin' 02:53 4
40 11:36 AM & 11:36 PM Servants of Science Kaleidoscope (Live) 03:56 4
41 11:40 AM & 11:40 PM The Cute Urchins Me oh My 03:42 4
42 11:44 AM & 11:44 PM The Refusers Fake News 03:15 4
43 11:47 AM & 11:47 PM The Silverbeets And I/You Thought 06:37 4
44 11:54 AM & 11:54 PM The Tenmours Maze 04:42 4
45 11:59 AM & 11:59 PM Vovkulaka The Dark Empty 03:50 4
46 12:03 PM & 12:03 AM Waking The Sleeper Lose Control 04:31 4
47 12:07 PM & 12:07 AM Burntfield The Failure 04:17 4
48 12:12 PM & 12:12 AM Jason James Running Free 05:00 4
49 12:17 PM & 12:17 AM John Cubbin New horizon 04:33 4
50 12:21 PM & 12:21 AM Lucy, Racquel & me Unravel 04:09 4
51 12:26 PM & 12:26 AM Mick J Clark Sing Glory Glory Hallelujah 03:09 4
52 12:29 PM & 12:29 AM RedLight People 04:44 4
53 12:34 PM & 12:34 AM Trendlaser Looking In 03:16 4
54 12:37 PM & 12:37 AM Mick J Clark Its Christmas party time 03:15 4
55 12:40 PM & 12:40 AM Richard Gilbert Touch 04:03 4
56 12:44 PM & 12:44 AM Slim Paul Let me in 03:25 4
57 12:48 PM & 12:48 AM Mick J Clark Soldier Boy 04:07 4
58 12:52 PM & 12:52 AM Robert O'Connor You Found Me 04:18 4
59 12:57 PM & 12:57 AM Soft White Glow The Blind 03:31 4
60 1:00 PM & 1:00 AM Our House, Lake of The Woods, MN House of Fire 06:59 4
61 1:07 PM & 1:07 AM Moscato UNSHINY 04:32 3
62 1:12 PM & 1:12 AM Helen Jayne McKellar Ladies Night 03:56 3
63 1:16 PM & 1:16 AM Garry Moore I'm A Champion 03:13 3
64 1:19 PM & 1:19 AM Tony Russo SANTA CLAUSE IS COMING TO TOWN 01:47 3
65 1:21 PM & 1:21 AM Vovkulaka Cemetery Voices 04:56 3
66 1:26 PM & 1:26 AM Watson Bradley Tiger 04:25 3
67 1:31 PM & 1:31 AM Watson Bradley Titan 03:17 3
68 1:34 PM & 1:34 AM Templeton Stop Star 06:12 3
69 1:40 PM & 1:40 AM One River Sun Son, Moon Son 06:01 3
70 1:46 PM & 1:46 AM Shaune Walt In The Vein 06:43 3
71 1:53 PM & 1:53 AM jimmy gibson when i walk away 04:26 3
72 1:58 PM & 1:58 AM Nico Broken Whale 02:29 3