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MP3 Crooked Roads - Put Your Faith In Me

Country-Rock-Folk singer-songwriter Chris Dingman writes catchy melodies and "superlative" lyrics (https://www.tradebit.com), laced with guitar, pedal steel, fiddle, piano, and banjo.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (38:07) !
Related styles: ROCK: Country-Rock, ROCK: Americana

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I grew up in the New Hampshire countryside, in a little town. A thousand people. Time was slow. Had about three friends. We rode bikes around the village common, played football with their older brothers, or war. I spent a lot of time in the woods. I wanted to see animals. They were magical to me. A brook ran behind our house. I fished for trout or caught crawfish in the summer and walked along it like a path in the winter. Shelves of ice on the rocks, quiet. I drew pictures a lot. That was my thing. Dad played guitar, piano and trombone. I plunked out some melodies I liked on the piano. Like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag.” Mom had Beatles records. They made me think that if there is a God, He’s speaking through these guys. That music was unspeakably bright, just bursting. Never thought about doing what they did.

Middle School. New town. More people, new kids. Trying to be popular, trying to fit in. Wear the right shoes. Played trumpet in the band mostly because Dad wanted me to. Things go on like this through high school. Magic dies.

College. Harvard to be exact. First time away from home. First time in the “big city.” Feel alone, lost. Engineering? Something practical. But something’s waking up inside. Take some philosophy, meet some interesting kids. Find I can write funny pieces and join the Harvard Lampoon, a humor rag. I kinda fit here. Decide to be a writer. Short stories.

Summer after junior year, I’m staying with my Mom in California where she moved. I put on Dylan’s Freewheelin’ record. Comes on like a ghost—from some other realm. Cuts right through everything. Also reading DH Lawrence & Nietzsche. Instinct. I learn some chords on the guitar.

Graduation. Real world. “Poetry” starts coming into my head and I write it down. Weird things that I don’t show to anyone, except once to Robert Bly. He likes it, says to work at it. I move to California, go to LA to write comedy with a buddy & we get a Hollywood agent, but I can’t take LA and move north. Write a comedy screenplay, option it to Warner Bros. Keep playing guitar on my own, write more screenplays, but losing interest. The screenplay money runs out & I get a day-job.

Eventually I write some songs. Melodies come to me, sometimes like magic, sometimes when I work at it. Mostly it’s the lyrics that take time. I want every word to matter.

This is my third CD and I’m real proud of it. I’ve got a great group of musicians here including permanent band-members Larry Otis (Ike & Tina Turner) on guitar, Peter Siegel (Commander Cody, Kate Wolf) on pedal steel, Glenn Saari on drums, and Ted O’Connell on bass. Stephen Silver (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard) sat in a little on steel, Suzie Thompson (Arhoolie Records, Maria Muldaur) on fiddle, and old friends Chris Erbacher and Steve Estes joined us on banjo and harmonies.

Once again, I don’t mind wearing my influences on my sleeve. And you’ll hear those coming from Dylan, Hank Williams, The Beatles, Nick Drake, REM, Gram Parsons, Todd Snider, Ryan Adams, and others. But all my songs come from my life.

Here’s what some reviewers and listeners said about my last CD “Heartbreak Sampler.” After that, there’s a little more about my background.


"Every melody sticks in your mind."
—Country Home

"The lyrics are a literary tour de force."

"Superlative lyrical angst and heartbreak."

"Strikes the nerve with absolute authenticity."

"Dingman is at the peak of his game."

“An emotionally powerful piece.”

Manages "to satisfyingly apply a pop sensibility to admirably honest writing…”

4 out of 5 stars
—Maverick Magazine

"I like it a lot."
—MazzmusikaS Free Zine 37

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"I think what''s great about a CD, for me, is feeling like I can really hear the honest (even brutally honest) voice of the writer/singer, and that really comes through on your CD."
Laura Gomez
Phoenix, AZ

“I really liked the CD! I listened to it, like, 10 times.”
Bob Neer
New York, NY

"That is a hell of a good CD you put together. I’ve really enjoyed listening to it."
Helmut Fickenwirth
Hingham, MA

"I''ve thoroughly enjoyed it. My favorite tracks… are Goddam Wonderful World, Rain & New Eyes… Chris, I really like your music… I love your lyrics.”
Mike Hazen
Grayslake, IL.

“I received the CD yesterday. I think it is wonderful! I want to send one to each of my sons.”
Raleigh Buckmaster
Lansing, IA

"I''ve been fortunate enough to work with a few songwriters over the past year. All were talented, but I''m most proud of the project I did with you."
Gary Lamb, Heartbreak Sampler musician

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"It’s rare to come across such an honest songwriter as Chris Dingman... That honesty pervades ''Heartbreak Sampler'', which is a frank, painful and resigned look at the single life. But it’s an uplifting album, partly in the way that only honestly expressed pain can be, but partly because of the way Dingman has with a melody and the killer lines with which every track is filled... ''Heartbreak Sampler'' doesn’t have a duff line, not an ounce of lyrical fat or filler, just honest sentiments pared down to the bone, then scraped away a little more to reveal the universal truths underneath..."

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