Dieter Van Der Westen | Me and You

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Me and You

by Dieter Van Der Westen

Americana, Indiefolk with a touch of World
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Driving Home
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2. Me and You
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3. Lay Me Down
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4. Come Come Come
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5. Miss You More
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6. Sometimes
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7. Heart of Mine
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8. Jesse James
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9. Take Me Higher
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10. Where I Belong
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The world is about “Me and you “, or better “Us“
Individualism is in its final stage and society has to make a switch to collectivism to deal with some future global issues. More social, more soul, less individualism, less greed...

The album Me and you is an album with ten autobiographical stories by Dieter van der Westen dealing with subjects like love, loneliness, relationships, loss and dreams. Personal stories that travel in a bed of Indiefolk, Country, Blues and Worldmusic.
Dieter van der Westen is influenced by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Tom Waits.

Wherever your mind is, mine is still with yours
and I just keep on travelling towards your open doors. (lyrics: Driving home)

After his solo album Old Oak Tree that Dieter van der Westen released in 2016 and that was very well received by Dutch press, (One of the best Dutch Americana albums of 2017, Heaven music magazine), the Dieter van der Westen band played at festivals and venues in the past year, such as Festival Mundial, Paradiso, Paradox and Luxor Live. The band grew musically, but also got closer on a personal level, which is noticeable on the new album: Me and you
Van der Westen: Music is a social process, you do not only share the notes, but also your personal stories and when you compose and arrange new material you can hear that in the music. Everyone's character is reflected in the new album.

For the production of Me and you the Dieter van der Westen band worked together with Mickey Smid, producer of the band My Baby, since Smids direct and dry sound fits very well with the sound the Dieter van der Westen band had in mind for the new record. The decision where the recordings should take place was also made fairly quickly. That was the Electric Monkey studio in Amsterdam, known for their analogue seventies equipment.
 
The band
Dieter van der Westen has always had a soft spot for Americana, but he began his musical career with the North African group Kasba, where he scored a number one hit in Morocco and with whom he spent the last 18 years touring in Europe, Africa and South America. With Kasba Dieter performed with famous Dutch artists such as Thé Lau, Bløf, Paul de Leeuw, Frank Boeijen, Ali B, Eric Vloeimans, Gerard van Maasakkers and the Metropole Orkest.
In the Dieter van der Westen band, Dieter's brother, Eric van der Westen, plays the double bass. Eric previously worked with the Turkish superstar Sezen Aksu, with whom he performed on stages such as Carnegie Hall in New York and The Royal Albert Hall in London. In the Netherlands Eric plays with Boy Edgar prize winner Martin Fondse. Aron Raams plays electric guitar and is known for his work with his group Gare du Nord. He previously played in the accompaniment of TV host Paul de Leeuw. Joost Abbel works the dobro and banjo and plays a lot with his band Zorita (Final big prize, Amsterdam pop prize). Finally: Gijs Anders van Straalen on drums and percussion. He is known for his work with Wouter Hamel and Room Eleven. On the album there is also a special guest role for Mirte de Graaff, the regular fiddle player in the band of Jasper Schalks.

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