Sometimes fragile, sometimes groovy, but always straight from the heart: the Dutch Americana and Indiefolk artist Dieter van der Westen builds his tunes with simple, memorable melodies and metaphorical or partly autobiographical lyrics.
Add to this an unwavering commitment to craftsmanship, and you have Old Oak Tree, van der Westen’s second studio album. It was picked up by various Dutch media, including Popmagazine Heaven (“Van der Westen kicked off 2017 with a Dutch Americana record that is yet to be outdone. – 7,5/10) and Spotify (featured in the playlist ‘Best Dutch Americana’).
On stage, Dieter van der Westen is accompanied by renowned musicians such as Eric van der Westen (Sezen Aksu, Martin Fondse, Lenine), Aron Raams (Gare du Nord, Paul de Leeuw), Joost Abbel (Zorita) and Gijs Anders van Straalen (Wouter Hamel, Room Eleven), each one of them with a soft spot for Americana.
Besides his work as a solo artist Dieter, is also one of the driving forces behind the North African band Kasba with whom he tours around the globe and has obtained two #1 hit singles in Morocco. Furthermore, Dieter has worked with well-known artists such as Thé Lau, Blof, Paul de Leeuw, Frank Boeijen, Ali B, Eric Vloeimans, Gerard van Maasakkers, Astrid Nijgh and the Grammy Award winning Metropole Orchestra in his home country.