Dick Weissman
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Dick Weissman


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"Various Reviews"

"At once immediately recognizable and familiar, but entirely new and unique. It's also an open, accessible record, even though it's a very personal document."
- Tom Peterson, Victory Review

"Solo features Dick Weissman's fascinating approach to banjo and guitar."
- TD Sing Out

"Amazing lyrical and percussive banjo from blues to quadrille and dance moods. His guitar work can have the quiet beauty of say, Richard Ruskin on 'Sea of Tranquility' . . . Fun collection of solo work and long overdue by this superb musician."
- Chris Lunn, Festivals Review

"Dick's comments on the tunes are informative and often amusing, and add considerably to my enjoyment of the music."
- Jack Bohl, Concert Chair, Portland Folk Music Society
- Various


Released: November 8, 2005

Tracklisting: (click titles for song clips)
1. Wind Across the River
2. Soggy Mountain Breakdown
3. Quadrille Variations
4. McFrenzie's Rant
5. Sea of Tranquility
6. Wackademia
7. Cherokee Gentleman
8. Flamingo Flamenco
9. The Last of the Incas
10. Zebra Nova
11. Cape Cod Revisited
12. Esta's Dance
13. Mildred Bruner
14. Mill Valley Serenade
15. Otis & The Banjo Blaster

Released: June 9, 1998

Tracklisting: (click titles for song clips)
1. Russell's Dream
2. Where I Come From
3. Reflections I: Reflections
4. Reflections II: Art's Tunes
5. Reflections III: Such a Long Time to Be Gone
6. Leadbelly bin Belgium
7. Free Fourths
8. Bossa Banjo
9. Dust in My Dreams
10. Arabian Nights
11. Resting Place I: Respite
12. Resting Place II: Out in the World
13. Resting Place III: Resting Place
14. Cordless
15. Reflections, Take Two

New Traditions
Released: July 13, 1994

Tracklisting: (click titles for song clips)
1. Change Of Light
2. On My Way
3. Where The Blues Have Gone
4. Five Banjo Moods
5. Soon You Will Be Comin' Back To Me
6. Reprise
7. Sunday Soon
8. Two Nights In Tamerza
9. Opening Theme
10. Mid Morning
11. The Light Behind The Foothills
12. Mountain Time
13. Two Kinds Of Blues
14. Reprise



Dick Weissman was born in Philadelphia, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. His musical career was interrupted by a teenage career as a semi-professional ping pong player. Following the advice in Pete Seeger's banjo book, Dick bought a five string banjo at a pawn shop in he skid row section of town, abandoning it when he couldn't figure out how to tune it without breaking strings. While attending Goddard College in Vermont, Dick met Lil Blos, who offered to teach him how to play the banjo. At about the same time Dick won a guitar in payment of a gambling debt that was part of his ping pong expertise.

Spending his junior year in New York and New Mexico, Dick met the gospel blues guitarist Gary Davis in New York, and had the great experience of sitting in on a number of occasions with Gary at the house of Tiny Ledbetter, Leadbelly's niece. Dick studied with guitarist Jerry Silverman during this new York sojourn, and met the superb banjoist Stu Jamieson in Albuquerque.

After graduating from college, Dick moved to New York, and spent the next four years alternating between attending graduate school and becoming active in the folk music scene in Greenwich Village. Eventually he dropped out of Columbia, performed with Happy Traum, did a two week gig at Folk City opening for Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and with John Phillips and Scott McKenzie formed the folk-pop band The Journeymen. Three and a half years, three Capitol album and several hundred concerts later, Dick moved back to New York and became a studio musician, record producer and songwriter. In 1972 he moved to Colorado, got a music degree, wrote numerous instructional books for banjo and guitar, and performed widely. This evolved into a writing career, co-authoring the award-winning Folk Music Sourcebook and writing the best-selling The Music Business: Career Opportunities & Self Defense. At the same time Dick taught at the late Colorado Women's College, later getting an MA from the University of Oklahoma, and working for NARAS as their National Educational Coordinator in Los Angeles in 1987. Moving back to Colorado, Dick became a tenured professor in the Music & Entertainment Industry program at the University of Colorado at Denver. While in Colorado he wrote a number of other instructional folios, two feature film scores, and he focused on performing and recording original instrumental music.

In 2002 Dick and his wife Susan Planalp moved to Oregon, and they live in Portland, where Dick continues to perform, record, and to teach seminars and workshops. To date Dick has written twelve published books on music and the music business, is featured on six instrumental CD's, and has written over fifty instructional folios for various music publishers.


Currently Dick is teaching summer classes at the University of Oregon and Portland Community College. He has also taught or lectured at University of Denver, Clatsop Community College, the Denver Musician's Association, Elmhurst College, the Jamaican Trade Board, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, the Salt Lake City Musician's Union, the University of California at Santa Cruz and the University of Colorado.

Dick is available to teach seminars, workshops or short term classes on the music business, songwriting, American music, politics and ethnicity, and master classes on banjo and guitar. He can be contacted at r2S@comcast.net.