American recording artist, Dean Friedman is best known to US audiences for his chart hit, “Ariel” and the Barenaked Ladies’ cover of, “McDonald’s Girl;” and to UK & Ireland audiences for his classic hits, “Lucky Stars,” “Lydia,” “McDonald’s Girl,” “Ariel,” and “Woman of Mine.” With the 40th Anniversary of the release of his first top-20 single, “Ariel” with 12 SONGS.
Friedman’s will be performing the following area dates:
Saturday, March 10 West Nyack, NY Rockland Center for the Arts / ROCA
Friday, March 23 Asbury Park, NJ Tim McLoone’s Supper Club w/special guest Pat Guadagno
Tickets to all of Friedman’s tour dates, as well as his CD and book catalog, can be purchased direct via www.DeanFriedman.com.
Friedman’s US tour follows on the heels of the release of his latest studio album, 12 SONGS. The critically acclaimed, fan-funded recording further confirms Friedman’s status as one of the pre-eminent songwriters of his generation.
Friedman’s recent tours and recordings continue to garner rave reviews: “Every song in this show is a classic.” (London Theatre Guide), “Songsmith Extraordinaire” – (Music Week), “Stunning Musicianship” (HotPress), “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant!” – (ThreeWeeks)… are just a few of the superlatives used to describe his unique and original talent.
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring, Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade, and the hit Central TV series BOON. Recently his song, “A Million Matzoh Balls: was featured in an award winning indie film by acclaimed new director, Janizca Bravo, titled, LEMON. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, “The Songwriter’s Handbook (The Artists League),” based on the Songwriting Workshops and Masterclasses that he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
Friedman has faced his share of controversy in recent years: The Merseyside band, Half Man Half Biscuit released a best-selling EP containing a track entitled, “The Bastard Son of Dean Friedman,” which went to #1 on the UK Indie chart; a claim which Friedman vehemently denies, “I’ve never even met Nigel Blackwell’s mum!” Friedman extracts his revenge on his recent CD, SUBMARINE RACES, in the song, “A Baker’s Tale,” the hitherto untold story of Nigel Blackwell’s dubious origins.
Though Friedman’s single, “McDonald’s Girl,” was officially banned by the BBC for mentioning the name of the well known fast food restaurant in its chorus, the irrepressible pop song has been covered by a number of contemporary bands including top-selling, Canadian group, Barenaked Ladies (WEA), and The Blenders (Universal), whose version soared to #1 on the national airplay charts in Norway. With the advent of YouTube, video versions have gone viral and finally, thirty five years after the song was banned by the BBC, the McDonald’s corporation officially licensed the song for a national TV/Radio campaign, confirming the song as a pure pop phenomenon.
One of Friedman’s recent tours was almost cancelled when it was announced that his tour sponsor www.goldenseeds.co.uk would distribute packets of cannabis seeds to the first ten people that purchased CD’s at each of Friedman’s gigs. The controversy was only resolved after Friedman promised not to distribute the seeds within 50 yards of the venue premises. (Do an Internet search of “Songwriter’s Cannabis Controversy.”)
Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboards, featuring songs from throughout his 4 decade recording career, including familiar radio hits, as well as selections from his newest album, ’12 Songs’. Discover what legions of devoted fans have known for years – the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.