Boston-based touring songwriter and performer Dietrich Strause, released his third full length album on October 22nd, 2013.
The new album “Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart” stands tall, supported by a backbone of melodies and lyrics diligently crafted by Strause. The songs are a comfortable and careful mix of journeys, clever literary references, and striking imagery. Strause’s songs are versatile — personal, but universal enough to hook the masses. If the songs are the backbone, then the musicians Strause assembled are the blood that brings it to life. To record “Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart”, Dietrich teamed up with producer and guitarist Austin Nevins (Aoife O’Donovan, Josh Ritter) and a group of his longtime collaborators, an outfit of New England’s finest Americana and folk musicians.
The album features Nevins on guitars, Billy Beard on drums (Patty Griffin, Session Americana), Jim Larkin on electric bass (Jesse Dee), Laurence Scudder on viola, Laura Cortese on fiddle, Sam Kassirer on piano and organ (Josh Ritter), and Zachariah Hickman on upright bass, bass clarinet, horns, and pump organ (Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne). The backup singers include folk luminaries such as Rose Cousins, Amy Correia, and Anais Mitchell.
“Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart” was recorded by Matt Malikowski at Dimension Sound Studios in Jamaica Plain, MA and Great North Sound Society in Parsonfield, ME. Grammy nominated album-artist, and Austin’s brother, Peter Nevins contributed the artwork.
Since moving to Boston in 2008, Dietrich has been touring the East Coast, the West, and Ireland, honing his craft as a songwriter and performer. He has also been fortunate to share the stage and the road with Aoife O’Donovan, The David Wax Museum, and Ben Sollee, among many others. He moved to Boston after attending Oberlin College because there was extra room in the van when he was helping his friend move into law school. He’s worked as a dog-walker, a subject in medical research studies, a construction worker, and recorded music for Chinese textbooks. All of this comes out in his own music. Strause grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a family of Lutheran preachers, school teachers, and tree-enthusiasts.
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