Dirk Newton, a guitar player playing in Jeb Zeppelin in the studio. Zach Boyden-Holmes/Juice
Three questions with Dirk Newton
Published on December 25th, 2013 | by Joe Lawler
Dirk Newton is the guitarist for Jeb Zeppelin and the drummer for Jacob County & the Damaged Goods, performing at 8 p.m. Tuesday at House of Bricks, 525 E. Grand Ave.
Q: How did you get hooked up with the D*M F*X/The Family/Jeb Zeppelin crew?
I’ve known Denny Harvey (frontman for Jeb Zeppelin) since he was in high school. I used to work at a guitar shop on Southwest Ninth near where he went to school. We’ve known each other for a long time; he was a great kid and I always took a shine to him. It spanned out from there, me working in shops and playing around town for the last 35 years. I’ve gotten to know everybody.
Q: How did the Jeb Zeppelin incarnation of this group come about?
We all grew up listening to country, and the older you get the more you appreciate how cool country is. I think we’ve all got to the point where we embrace it after shunning it for years. You don’t think it’s cool, then one day you wake up and you realize how complicated and well crafted it is. Some of the stuff we’re doing is old classic honky-tonk and we’re even doing some more left field Americana stuff like Ryan Adams. I don’t want to divulge too much; there are going to be a lot of surprises and I’d have to kill you.
Q: You are working on an album with Brandon Darner. When is that coming out?
It’s a slow process once you’re 56. I take whatever time with him I can get, he’s incredibly busy. This will be my swan song. I don’t have stars in my eyes, but this is something I felt compelled to do. Brandon used to hang out in my guitar shop and I’ve seen that kid go through every stage of his career. Brandon still has every instrument I sold him. My shop might not be here, but the instruments I sold made connections that will last a lifetime.