Local musician releases CD with concert on Thursday
SUMMIT COUNTY Local singer and songwriter Jeremy Dion said he grew up singing and playing the piano, but it wasnt until he picked up a guitar that he had aspirations to make a living playing music.The Silverthorne resident and co-owner of Rocky Mountain Community Counseling in Frisco, will release his first album, Finally, with a concert Thursday at the Silverthorne Pavilion.As an undergrad at U.C. Berkeley, Dion found his sound, influenced by Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and Paul Simon. He said he has been in and out of bluegrass bands since, and recently was discovered by a producer through the internet.His 11 tracks were created over 8 months time recording in Denver. He described the album as having a rich sound and features bass, drums, piano, some harmonica and backup singers.Dion is planning to pursue local gigs more aggressively now, along with summer festivals for next year.Find out more at jeremydion.com.Leslie Brefeld can be reached at (970) 668-4626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charlie Owen, Eagle County correspondentBreckenridge-based artist Jeremy Dion clearly has a grasp on what makes a song good. He takes a very basic approach to writing, telling a personal story through his lyrics then layering harmonizing strings and simple percussion over the top. Keeping it accessible to listeners of all kinds, Dion injects enough pop pleasure into his work to make it sound both familiar and new no small feat these days. The end result is a beautiful collection of country-folk tunes that gets right to the heart of what it means to be human.Dion wrote each of the 11 tracks on his debut CD Finally, and theres no doubt its the final product of a labor of love.Finally is clearly influenced by classic artists such as John Denver and James Taylor, but in a good way. And you sleepwalk through your days and you dream away your nights/ Theres no longer any difference between our lovemaking and our fights, Dion sings on Good Enough. The great irony of the album is that the lyrics betray it was obviously written during some of Dions more personal low points in life, but youd never know it by the upbeat nature of the music. Finally is one mans life poured out in guitar chords and engaging poetry, and every bit worth the listen.Jeremy Dion will play Thursday for his CD release party at the Silverthorne Pavilion in Silverthorne.
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