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Interview:
Republican Hair at Saint Andrew's, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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You'd think writing songs for the likes of Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves would keep Luke Dick busy enough.



But the guy clearly wants more.



Dick has made an acclaimed documentary, "Red Dog," about his childhood in Oklahoma City being raised by a mother who worked at the titular strip club. And he's started his own music project, Republican Hair, an outlet for his more pop and funk leanings as heard on the single "Miss Prince."



All of this is keeping the father of three busy, but he wouldn't have it any other way...



Dick, who previously released what he calls "a more indie folk kind of record" under his own name, says the idea for Republican Hair came along after he moved from New York to Nashville and started writing country songs. "It probably developed nine or 10 years ago when I was fooling around with whatever sound I could get my hands on. I mostly grew up on country and rock but there were a lot of electronic bands I grew up listening to -- Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, some of the New Wave bands (like) the Cars. That always intrigued me." Along with the singles like "Miss Prince" and "Whatever Blows Your Hair Back," Dick has recorded a full Republican Hair album he hopes to release later this year.



Dick maintains that the Republican Hair band name is not intended to make a political statement on either side of the divide. It was actually inspired by a sound immersion exercise in the California desert during which Dick had "a kind of vision of Ronald Reagan's hair. I don't know why, but I was like, 'There's all this Republican hair floating around!' and I thought that was kind of funny. Then all of a sudden politics turned into the WWE and the name means something different. Up until two or three years ago it wouldn't mean anything, so I feel like they hijacked it from me. Now it feels subversive or something."



Dick co-wrote the song "Red Velvet Elvis" on Kacey Musgraves' Grammy Award-winning "Golden Hour" album but isn't sure if he himself gets a trophy as part of the team. "I've heard conflicting views; After Beyonce won (for 'Lemonade" in 2017) I heard you have to have a certain percentage of the songs on the record to get (a Grammy). So if the Grammy office calls I'll see if I can tout myself as a Grammy Award-winning songwriting. Awards are like pudding; You get to do creative, fun, interesting things with your friends for a living, and that's a big deal. That's the big meal, and then if you get any kind of recognition afterwards that's the pudding -- you don't really need it, but you want it."



The Cadillac Three and Republican Hair perform Thursday, Feb. 28 at Saint Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors at 7 p.m. $20. 313-961-6358 or saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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