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Dickie combines dark content with light pop

Dickie, live at the Java House in downtown Iowa City

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," host Ben Kieffer catches up with Dickie, the newest musical project of Java Blend frequenter Dick Prall and classically trained violinist Kristina Priceman. 

Listen in below to hear some tracks off Dickie's self-titled debut album. 

Veteran tunesmith Dick Prall has taken his wares and shared them with violinist Kristina Priceman to create a collection of dark, gorgeous, and oft-times moony sing-alongs.  The self-titled record comes in like a bellowing newborn, but settles into a pace of dynamic ebb and flow as it ages and ends with a Roy Orbison-styled recount of hopeful love that never bleeds into the saccharine.

Dick has a long history of fashioning accessible, viral tunes and inserting them with lilting melodies.  It started with his 1998 release Somewhere About Here, prompting No Depression to dub his debut “a track-by-track monster.”  His follow-up record, Dressing Up the Failure, under the moniker ‘Starch Martins,’ brought performances with Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, and Justin Townes Earle.  Fizzlebuzzie gained further national and international attention with features in such media outlets as and Performing Songwriter, who claimed the record “a box of chocolates for your ears.”  The beautifully alarming and infectious Weightless with its single “The Cornflakes Song,” featuring Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, garnered radio spins across the country

Around the time a twenty-five-year old Prall began teaching himself guitar, a five-year-old Priceman started her classical training on violin. Winning competitions and soloing with orchestras brought her to Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI where as a freshman she snuck off to begin a secret touring life as a rock musician. Nine years on the road has taken her around the world sharing stages and performing with the likes of Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. What pulls her into the DICKIE pairing is that she’s not simply providing texture – she’s an integral lead instrument who fills the landscape with meticulously clever parts and ensures that every note resonates the author’s intent.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River