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Heartbreak Sampler

by Crooked Roads

Hank Williams meets The Beatles.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tell Me Again
4:25 $0.99
2. Some Dreams
3:17 $0.99
3. Goddamn Wonderful World
3:59 $0.99
4. Too Long
4:04 $0.99
5. Harder
4:41 $0.99
6. Long White Robe
2:43 $0.99
7. Rain
3:51 $0.99
8. Comfort Me
3:45 $0.99
9. When it Rains it Pours
3:23 $0.99
10. New Eyes
5:41 $0.99
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Album Notes

"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…”

"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

"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..."

Songwriter Chris Dingman:

My first memory of music was listening to my mom’s Beatles records—sometime after my birth in ’64 and before ’73. I consciously said to myself, “If there is a god, he’s speaking through these guys.” Their records were unbelievably bright and vibrant. My dad had some records of Joshua Rifkin playing Scott Joplin rags too. I liked those melodies—really catchy. I used to play the melodies on the piano—just one finger plunking it out. Dad played piano and guitar and trombone, but I never did anything beyond that noodling around on the piano. It always seemed beyond a mortal human like me to come up with melodies the way The Beatles did—how does that happen?

I played trumpet in my middle and high school bands at my dad’s urging, but dropped music when I went to college. Then the summer after my junior year, I discovered another record, one that was by then over 20 years old: Dylan’s Freewheelin’. That affected me differently than The Beatles did. I heard tenderness there, and other things more indefinable. That’s when I picked up an acoustic guitar and learned some chords. Then I got every Dylan album I could find, and it was like discovering riches. I got into REM, too, and Elvis Costello and Van Morrison. After college I discovered, through Dylan, Woody Guthrie and other folk guys, then Hank Williams and later Gram Parsons.

It took me awhile to go from playing other people’s songs to writing my own. It went from dabbling to more and more serious, until it even seemed I had a knack for writing melodies—that thing that I’d always thought was so magical and beyond me. I discovered that writing words was the hard part!

Over the years I’ve rounded up a lot of great musicians from the Bay Area where I live who have done me the honor of playing with me. Members come and go as lives change, but I’ve called every combination Crooked Roads. As William Blake wrote: “Improvement makes strait roads, but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of Genius.”

–Chris Dingman



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