The first record Dirk ever remembers hearing was Johnny Cash's "I Walk the Line". "Johnny Cash wears special pants to sing like that!" his Dad told him. Dirk didn't understand at the time...
Later he and his father were watching the Bee Gees on Don Kirshner's rock concert, around 1972-1973. "I'll bet they sit down to pee!" his father remarked. Again, Dirk was confused... Dirk's instrumental
journey began with the violin at age 7, until he found out it was a good way to get beat up. He decided on a manlier approach and picked the biggest horn he could carry, a trombone. He and the trombone parted
ways at age 11, when after being enthralled by his mother's record collection, which included the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, Cat Stevens, and more, he soon discovered there weren't many opportunities
for trombonists. Though it made a fine weapon, he decided to switch to guitar, as his Mom had a Gibson jumbo body (no offense Mom!) He and that Gibson became fast friends, and armed with some chords and yodeling
instruction from his mother, he was on his way...
Dirk hit the road right after graduation at age 17, and played professionally in the region for a decade or so. At age 30 Dirk "retired" from the club scene to co-form the hard rock group Soul Patrol, which had great
local success in the 90's and were nearly signed to a label in 1993. Dirk fronted 70s-80s tribute Big Hair Revolution for 8 very successful years,
and is now in the amazing bands Gladhammer and Smash Hit Carnival and occasionally works as a "hired gun" for other bands/artists.
Dirk's ability to mimic or "caricaturize" the voices of famous singers, along with his love of vintage music trivia, combine with a gift for "repurposing" amazing songs as solo acoustic gems. His unique talents have served
him well and are finally coming to
full fruition now in "Land of Voices"... for more info please contact Land of Voices/Dirk Swartz.