John Dyer

John Dyer

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

21st-century Troubadour. Contemporary/ progressive folk-rock. Whimsical, melodic, poetic. Rythmically sophisticated with jazz inflections. Singer-Songwriter/ Composer. Warm & intuitive approach to lyrics. Intelligent, complex, & playful. Candy for the soul. Where mysticism meets the pickle barrel.

Biography

International Songwriting Competition 2005 Honorable Mention - Best Song - Performance: "Hot Owl" - John Dyer

Independent Music Awards 2006 FINALIST (top 5) BEST ALBUM (Folk/Singer-Songwriter: "Gostayplay" - John Dyer

John Dyer is a progressive vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist whose ventures include solo and ensemble performances as well as composing and performing for experimental theater & dance productions. A visual artist and self - taught musician, Dyer is a prolific writer and seasoned performer. Over the past sixteen years, as an independent artist, he has crafted a substantial catalogue of songs, performed nearly six hundred shows, recorded twelve albums, and presented sixteen theatrical commissions. Founder of the popular Texas-based band Drama Tiki (1992-1998), Dyer, a native southerner, spent three years contributing to and being nurtured by the music scene in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, before moving to Brooklyn in 2002. In New York he has performed at the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Living Room, St. Ann's Warehouse, and Galapagos Art Space.

Dyer is a contemporary Singer-Songwriter. He is a classic writer in that his songs are built on the foundation of movement & melody, yet his approach and delivery are unique. His formative years spent drawing, painting and creating in a theatrical context have led to a strong visual sensibility that is evident in all of his writing. His lyrics are poetic and the images are rich. Primary influences include the likes of Paul Simon, David Byrne, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lennon/ McCartney, John Coltrane, and Nick Drake. Dyer’s eclectic sound infuses elements of Folk, Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Blues & Pop.

Solo recordings include One Among (2000), Phantom Fire (2003) and Gostayplay (2004) - named a Best Album Finalist (Folk/ Singer-Songwriter category) at the 2006 Independent Music Awards and sited as a "Top Ten Indie Release" on Todd Mack's "Off the Beat-n-Track" radio show. Dyer’s song Hot Owl (from the CD Gostayplay) received Honorable Mentions in both the International Songwriting Competition - for Best Song/Performance - (2005), and The 11th Annual Unisong International Song Contest - for AAA/Americana - (2006-2007).

He is the recipient of two Meet The Composer Grants through the Home For Contemporary Theatre & Art for Lake Simons’ What's Inside the Egg? (2003) and the Simons/ Dyer adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2006), He has received Dallas/Fort Worth Critic's Forum Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Design for the Original Music of Alice…(2003) and for Outstanding New Play ‘03 –‘04 for Up in Auntie’s Attic (A Gentle Haunting) written & directed by Johnny Simons. Dyer was commissioned by Hip Pocket Theatre to write the title song for Lake Simon’s adaptation of Mr. Peabody & The Mermaid (2005) and has had the pleasure of clowning in Matthew Acheson’s Dream Life of A Garden Gnome (2005). He served as musical director for several productions by North Carolina’s Paper Hand Puppet Intervention; Haw River Puppet Show (1999), The Unexpected Journey (1999), Tea Time (2000), A Very Old Unfinished Story (2000), & Uprising (2001) and has provided live accompaniment for dance in Choreo Collective’s Recollection (2001) and Thread Dance Theatre’s Gather (2004). Dyer recently collaborated with Luminescent Orchestrii’s Rima Fand on music for How I Fixed My Engine with Rose Water (2006) which was presented by Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth Texas and followed by a run in New York as part of Theatre For The New City’s Voice 4 Puppet Festival - curated by Jane Catherine Shaw & Sarah Provost. An excerpt of White Elephant (2007), Dyer’s latest collaboration with puppeteer/ performing artist Lake Simons, was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of LABAPALOOZA (2007), curated by Dan Hurlin & David Neumann.

Dyer is the recipient of four ASCAPlus Awards (2004 - 2008). The ASCAPlus Awards Program provides financial support & recognition to active writers in the early to mid stages of their careers and to writers whose main activity is outside of broadcast media. Awards are determined by a panel of distinguished music experts and are based on the activity generated by ASCAP members’ catalogues with emphasis on recent performances.

Dyer is currently juggling a number of recording projects which are at various stages of development, including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, four-track and ensemble recordings from North Carolina: Mighty Vivid Cricket and Quiet By the Blade, and a handful of new song cycles. In November of 2007 Alice was performed with students of Texas Woman's University with Dyer providing live accompaniment on guitar, percussion, and voice/ narration. This production of Alice will be presented at the Edinburgh Arts Festival in Scotland in August 2008. Dyer and Simons recently presented their White Elephant as artists-in-residence at Dixon Place in New York City and will further develop the wo

Lyrics

Hot Owl

Written By: John Dyer

I got a pocket
She got a puppy *
The tin sports graffiti
Ya ought not knock it

We're out-a time
We oughta talk
n-there's a lotta new bricks in the stew
We're out-a-town
We oughta walk
n-there's a lotta cute sharks ‘round you

Once upon a moment
The green ran wild
Black bear in a landscape
Therein a lesson - tough one
She need or want child
More like now

We're out-a time
We oughta talk
n-there's a lotta new bricks in the stew
We're out on town
We oughta walk
n-ya gotta love it when the sharks eat your - hot owl baby
Hot owl baby

uundulukatndu uundulukatndu uundulukatndu
who'll look out for you
uundulukatndu uundulukatndu uundulukatndu
oooh - you'll make it through
Strummin’ on & on


I don't get you lady- i see you clear
I don't get you baby- i see you clear
I aint yours & your not mine
You ate my & i ain’t mine
Hot owl baby
Hot owl baby

uundulukatndu uundulukatndu uundulukatndu
who'll look out for you
uundulukatndu uundulukatndu uundulukatndu
oooh - you'll make it through
Strummin’ on & on

We're out-a time
We oughta talk
n-there's a lotta new bricks in the stew
We're out on town
We oughta walk
n-ya gotta love it when the sharks eat your - hot owl baby
Hot owl baby

Airtime

Written By: John Dyer

Whenever you feel there's no use tryin' - look ahead
Whenever you feel there's no one listenin' - sing out

When it's cold outside - oughta - open your shirt to the cold
Jump in heart first - air time

Whenever you feel there's no one lookin' - stand proud
Whenever you feel you're child aint smilin' - cry out

When it's cold outside - oughta - open your shirt to the gold
Jump in heart first - air time

Still there's a loophole
Standin' in a flood plain
Climate of a what wall
In a holding pattern again

Whenever you fight without your knowing - fight alone
Whenever one more moment you can't carry - carry on

Gostayplay

Written By: John Dyer

Go if you go - go
Stay if you stay - play
Turn 'round & 'round
Turn in the day
Turn in the night
Now go and play

Go if you go - go
Stay if you stay - play
You hold the castle
Get out of your way
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way

Go if you go go
Stay if you stay n play n play n play n play
Ya hold the castle - get out of your way
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way - get out
Get out of your way

Balloon

Written By: John Dyer

In the final hours of the month of
Final hours of the month of March - a
Balloon

See the angel roasting marshmallows
Doin' backflips on the moon all day long
Balloon

And it feels like spring is waiting in the wings
Cuddle-air about your eye & the sea's all green

See her skin get older as she moves a-
cross the room as beautiful as ever
Balloon

See the tape disintegrate as fingers play
See the rubber band twist up and radiate
Balloon

And it feels like spring is waiting in the wings
Cuddle-air about your eye and the sea's all green

Horns barkin' in the street
Dogs ragin' in the trees
And now - she's all wine
Static on the TV

See the rattle thrown across the room now
Kellet strummin' on a guitar - a
Balloon

Know you know the way when heavy is a
Heavy is a moment to reckon
Reckon that it

Feels like spring is waiting in the wings
Cuddle-air about your eye and the sea's all green

And the sea she dreams of swimming with the other seas
And now she's all wine
Just like she dreamed
And the seesaws wink at the
Three-of-swings across the way
Where the wind trots soft and
Kicks away the maroon ball
Alright siren, alright alright

Hear this, notice
Bronco bull - how -
When thrown - arise, climb on, ride on

Ride on...

Discography

• John Dyer - "Gostayplay” 2004

• John Dyer - “Up in Auntie’s Attic (A Gentle Haunting)” 2004

• John Dyer - "Phantom Fire" 2003

• APB Records Compilation - "Triangle Tracks" 2001

• John Dyer - "One Among" -2000

• John Dyer - "Mighty Vivid Cricket +" -2000

• Drama Tiki - "Live Selections" -1997

• Drama Tiki - "Pluses and Uncuts" -1997

• Drama Tiki - "Sweet and Sour Change" -1997

• Drama Tiki - "Settle" -1995

• Drama Tiki - "Peeking" -1992

• John Dyer - "Dreams, Riffs and Instruments" -1992

Set List

Versatile. Short sets or Long set. All originals (with occasional cover(s) - when appropriate/ upon request - such as Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Harry Nillson).

typical solo set:

Airtime
Hot Owl
New Harpoon
Half Built Highway
Hunyacutusup
Initial Canoe
Ocean of You
Join the Dance
Paint it White
Two Can Play Too
Limbo Prolonged
Nick
Gostayplay
Blue Meet Rose