Last night Tina Dico was at The Swedish American Hall on 2174 Market Street in San Francisco.
And I missed it. Why you say? Because I was unaware that such a beautiful and talented young lady existed.
I'm sure I am not in the minority in the USA either, problem is for most Americans if the music is not homegrown or maybe from England then is is not considered at all.
So many of these non-American artists are making a great living in their own and surrounding countries but making not much of an impact in the USA. And I'm sure many of them are totally happy with the status quo. But what about us, the listeners? So this is why I will continue to try and boost the not so well known (in America) artists. That plus they make good music.
Tina Dico (born Tina Dickow on October 14, 1977) is a singer and songwriter inspired by artists such as Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.
In Denmark she performs under her real name, Tina Dickow.
Tina Dico was born in Aabyhøj in Aarhus. At a very young age, her father who owned a big Hi-Fi stereo system in their basement introduced her to music. Tina's interest in playing music started in 8th grade on Aabyhøj public school, where she played in the cover-band 'Mel' who among other songs did a lot of Jimi Hendrix.
In the beginning of 2002, Tina Dico moved to England in an attempt to escape the cosy atmosphere in Denmark.
In 2002 Tina played her first duo-concerts with Steffen Brandt on Bornholm. Thanks to her contract with Jonathan Morley, she had the opportunity to step into the English music community, which led to a collaboration with Australian singer Holly Valance on the song "Send My Best." In 2005.
In the beginning of 2010 she performed with Danish pop-queen Medina at the TV2 Zulu Awards. Later she was in Bristol to record the song The Storm That Brought You To Me for the soundtrack to the blockbuster Clash Of The Titans with Massive Attack-producer, Neil Davidge. Same month she was on Iceland to record the song 'Welcome Back Colour' with Icelandic Helgi Jónsson. It was the first single to the album Welcome Back Colour, and received heavy rotation on Danish radio. In the beginning of June Tina Dico played four sold-out concerts in Danish Radio’s concert hall with Danish National Chamber Orchestra. One of the concerts was aired live. This summer she played on ”Grøn Koncert” once again with a full band. And in August she played her biggest solo-gig at the opening of “Aarhus Festuge”
Welcome Back Colour, Tina's 7th album, came out in Germany on September 24 and in Denmark on the 27th. UK and US will have to wait until the beginning of 2011. The album is a mix of her biggest radio-hits, 5 new songs and an album with brand new acoustic recordings of new and old. The album contains 27 songs. This autumn Tina is touring Denmark and Germany, her biggest tour so far. She will also be playing in a few other European cities, and in February 2011 there will be tours in the UK and US. [Wikipedia]
Now if so far you are not sure why you should be interested in Tina Dico, then I give you this amazing version of the John Lennon classic, then you tell me if you are still not interested.
Working Class Hero
video made for the Amnesty project "Make some noise"
Now check out a couple of songs at the beginning of her set at the Roskilde Festival a couple of years ago.
Warm Sand + On The Run
And finally today, here's a live version of the title track from her new album.
Welcome Back Colour
"TV 2 010: De største øjeblikke"