DIETRICH STRAUSE’s songs are a mix of timeless melody, literate lyricism, and a “virtuosic command of imagery.” (The Artery, WBUR) Strause released his new album How Cruel That Hunger Binds on August 26th, produced by Zachariah Hickman (Ray LaMontage, Josh Ritter), the next benchmark in his steady evolution as one of the most eclectic writers and performers coming out of New England. His newest collection of songs is found somewhere in the shadows of the likes of Randy Newman, Nick Lowe, and Paul Simon. Strause dropped out of music school, where he was studying classical trumpet, to become a politics major and take up the guitar. But that hasn’t kept him from incorporating his first instrument into the texture of his recordings, or from putting down the guitar to lead his band with just his voice and his trumpet. His last release Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart was featured in No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, CMT’s The Edge, and on Starbucks’ world wide playlist, helping him garner invitations on the road with folk luminaries such as Anais Mitchell, Great Lake Swimmers, and Sarah Jarosz.
“Little Stones to Break the Giant’s Heart” reveals his knack for vivid, almost literary lyricism inflected by myth and metaphor. The songs boast a virtuosic command of imagery and wordplay…” WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station
“The melodies are musically intelligent and his words are poetry. He packs a lot of imagery, meaning and emotion into his songs with an efficiency that doesn’t feel the least bit forced. The subject matter is largely timeless and ordinary, but there are unexpected turns and instances of subtle wordplay.” Fly Magazine
“Strause’s voice is mellifluous; his sound has traces of a young Paul Simon mixed with that Josh Ritter Midwestern wanderlust.” Modern Acoustic
“The songs are beautiful and moving. His subjects and sincere, stripped-down delivery call up all of the modern legends of song craft—Jeff Tweedy, Ryan Adams, and Jim James—and the sentiments linger for days, the ashtray always nearby.” Jeff Wallace, My Secret Boston
“Dietrich’s intricate, feathery-light guitar playing and smooth, clear vocals bring him aesthetically closer to folk than lit-rock, strictly speaking, but lyrically, his bibliophilic style is reminiscent of poetry-prose artists like The Weakerthans or The Decemberists. ‘Smart’ music can sometimes run the risk of coming off erudite and snobbish, but Dietrich seems like the boy next door who breathes clean, country air.” The New England Deli Magazine