DICKIE is the latest outlet for Midwest songwriter/guitarist Dick Prall. Designed to allow Prall to work within a band setting, while still keeping a foot within his solo-driven career, DICKIE is the collaboration of Prall, multi-instrumentalist/co-producer/engineer Tim King, and violinist Kristina Priceman. The result is a collection of dark, gorgeous narratives for Prall’s fifth full-length release. Threaded with beautiful string arrangements by Prall and King, the record comes in bellowing like a newborn, but settles into a pace of dynamic ebb and flow, ending with a Roy Orbison-styled recount of hopeful love that never bleeds into the saccharine.
Prall has a long history of fashioning accessible, viral tunes and inserting them with lilting melodies. It started with his first release Somewhere About Here, prompting No Depression magazine to dub his debut “a track-by-track monster.” His follow-up pop-laden record, Dressing Up the Failure, brought performances with Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), The Bottle Rockets, Bobby Bare Jr., Jon Brion, and Justin Townes Earle. Fizzlebuzzie gained further national and international attention with features in such media outlets as NME.com and Performing Songwriter magazine, proclaiming the record “a box of chocolates for your ears.” The instantly infectious Weightless found its single “The Cornflakes Song” on AAA radio and landed a spot on Paste Magazine’s CD compilation. Popmatters.com adding “(Prall) crafts fault-free melodies.” On the self-produced Inc. EP, lush vocals fuse with straightforward guitars to assemble five pop-fueled gems that earned comparisons ranging from Elvis Costello to Andrew Bird. His final “pre-DICKIE” venture was a studio collaboration with Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), that offered three whip-smart singles as golden online giveaways. Since forming DICKIE, the band has shared the stage with many national touring artists, including Young the Giant, Blind Pilot, Allen Stone, and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), while the 2015 self-titled record was listed by Music Existence as “Best Indie Rock Release” as well as a Top 20 pick by Play B-Sides that same year.
To underscore the live performance, as well as partnering on a March 2019 release, vocalist/keyboardist Amy Friedl Stoner and drummer/percussionist Billy Barton have recently joined DICKIE. Friedl Stoner has an impressive solo career in her own right as a jazz/cabaret singer with multiple featured performances at Carnegie Hall, The Lincoln Center, and NYC’s famed Birdland Jazz Club.