Dutch Knickerbocker has been a lyricist since reading the romantic poets in his teenage years and becoming washed in delight by their lyrical sprays and endless waves of joy. Washington Irving and Edgar Allan Poe were favored influences. The folk and rock heroes of the era combined a singular impetus launching his creative attempts as these writers in the genre continue to be revered as major influences in his literary pursuits. Dutch persists in his love of the lyrical craft enamored by the likes of Brian Wilson, Jesse Winchester, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Blaze Foley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan. In his professional work as an Industrial Engineer Dutch earned a U.S. Patent (Pat.#5,137,190) for a symmetrical window curtain pleating device. Shortly thereafter Dutch developed a pattern matching system for suits and sport coats and was awarded a Foreign Filing Licence in lieu of a utility patent, and published an article on his system for Bobbin Magazine. Now in retirement, Dutch has returned to composing poetry and has expanded the love of songwriting he nurtured in his younger days. He continues to hold popular songwriters as major winds directing his creative ambition. In his past, he enjoyed moderate success writing and performing tapes of his songs with local artists in his hometown and received airplay on a local radio station.
General Info
First Name:
Last Name:
United States
Songwriting Info
I am a:
Looking for a:
Preferred collaboration style:
Blues, Children's Music, Christian/Gospel, Comedy, Country, Folk, Pop, R&B/Soul, Rock
I'm strongest at:
Instruments I write with:
no instrument
Sounds like:
John Prine, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Jesse Winchester, Jerry Jeff Walker.
Brian Wilson, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Blaze Foley, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan.
Songwriting is my:
Songwriting Achievements:
I started writing song lyrics after my discharge from the Army. I wrote with a friend who played local clubs and concerts around New England. I became his road manager and booked gigs for him and was his transportation to and from engagements. He drowned in a boating mishap off Nantucket. I then wrote with another local professional guitar player and instructor. We recorded demo tapes that I sent out to several record producers around the country. I made motorcycle trips from MA to NYC in search of producers and arrangers. I sold myself as a long-haired unknown waiting to be discovered.
Personal Songwriting Goals:
Improve my song lyrics
Collaboration Goals:
publishing deal