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Title - 'Live At The Palms'
Artist - Dirk Hamilton Band

Singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton was born in Indiana and raised in Northern California.

He picked up a guitar as a youth and was writing songs and playing live performances by the time he was in high school.

He moved to Los Angeles in the late 70s and recorded four critically acclaimed albums: two while at ABC Records, and two while at Elektra/Asylum Records.

A poet and musician known for his uniquely intelligent lyrics and passionate performance style, Hamilton creates music that can't be pigeon-holed into one genre or another, so indie rock, alt-rock, roots music, americana and folk-rock are often used.

For his lyrics and performance style he is most often compared to Dylan, Van Morrison, and John Hiatt.

His brand new album, entitled Live At The Palms is a live archive release from the veteran singer/songwriter. Out now via IAC Records, this historic live performance was taped in 2009 on the More Songs From My Cool Life tour.

1. 'Searchin' For The Heart Of Soul' (5:18)
2. 'Hardball In The Holy Land' (5:17)
3. 'Feather' (4:19)
4. 'All The People In This World' (4:02)
5. 'New Earth Suit' (2:34)
6. 'Windmill Hills' (5:11)
7. 'Dean, Don, Dan' (4:34)
8. 'Rich Man Blues' (3:52)
9. 'Coming To Light' (4:16)
10. 'YEP!' (4:17)
11. 'Overcoats' (3:23)
12. 'Alias I' (6:36)
13. 'Lonely Videos' (7:44)

The album begins in fine style with the gem 'Searchin' For The Heart Of Soul,' which sounds just like a calm Bob Seger has wrestled the mic away from him for a moment. The upbeat, harmonica-driven 'Hardball In The Holy Land' is next and is backed by both the quieter 'Feather' and the mid-tempo 'All The People In This World.'

The gentle finger plucking skills of Hamilton come to the fore on the beautiful 'New Earth Suit,' which is followed by the sightseeing storytelling of 'Windmill Hills' and the gentle funky blues of 'Dean, Don, Dan.' That rhythm continues on within 'Rich Man Blues' with the delicate, and delightful 'Coming To Light' along next.

The fun 'YEP!' is next and is backed by the streamlined 'Overcoats,' with the passive troubador Hamilton at his best on the two tracks that round the album off: the stunning 'Alias I' and the longest track on the album (at nearly 8 minutes), the true Americana-vibed 'Lonely Videos.'

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