Standing at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Abbey Road, Dick Prall is poised to cause a critical and commercial traffic jam. The wait is over, and the weight has been lifted.
After recently signing with Authentic Records - based in his home state of Iowa - Dick Prall is capitalizing on his growing following nationwide. His much-anticipated album, Weightless, evokes Ryan Adams and late Beatles, but is grounded by Prall's own "porch pop" genre of beautiful pop melodies inflected with a solid rock foundation. Ten tracks shine on Prall's fourth release produced by Joshua "The Colonel" Shapera (Veruca Salt, Verbow, R.Kelly). Musical great Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is featured on the album's single, "The Cornflakes Song," as well as "If It Bends," with vocal harmonies that match perfectly with Prall's melodies. "Halfway To Hollywood" and "B&W" are currently live show favorites and bring out the album's essence: the venting of untold life stories that have weighed heavily on him for the last three albums. Now that he has achieved master storyteller status, Dick Prall is finally, at long last, weightless.
The Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune and Time Out Chicago all agree that Dick Prall is an up-and-comer. He has performed alongside musical greats Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, Ari Hest, The Verve Pipe, Bobby Bare, Jr., Glen Phillips and Michelle Branch, to name a few, and he regularly tours with Iowa's favorite roots rockers, The Nadas. Volkswagen has included Prall's music on a six-month ad campaign; he's been featured on Ourstage.com and on MyTracks.com, and his tune "Sunshine Came" is the theme song to the movie soundtrack of 'Serial Loser.' Prall was featured on the cover of the Chicago Tribune's Redeye, and headlined a showcase at Austin's South By Southwest Festival 2007. He was named Illinois Entertainer's 2006 "Best of Around Here" and was subsequently featured on The Local Tourist, the Steve Levy Show, The Steve Dahl show, and Fearless Radio. The Chicago Sun-Times calls Prall's music "smart, introspective and filled with great hooks." "Prall excels at morphing the smallest of melodic chunks into grandiose statements of purpose." (Time Out Chicago). Performing Songwriter notes that "Prall has captured the excitement of youth... he's a real gem." With a new album and a new video for "B&W," not even gravity can hold Dick Prall down.
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