Dick Weissman

ARMP Faculty

Instruments: Banjo, Composition, Guitar, Piano
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Dick Weissman is known as one of the more innovative banjo and guitar players in the folk revival.  He has performed widely, both with his group, the Journeymen, and as a solo artist.  Currently, he has six solo CD’s available, and he has also written or co-authored 21 books on American music and or the music industry.  He has also written over 40 published music instructional guides for banjo, guitar, and about songwriting.   A half dozen of his songs and instrumental pieces have been used in various TV programs and movies, and his songs have been recorded by numerous artists, including Judy Collins, Glenn Yarbrough, Judy Roderick, The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Every Mother’s Son, and Gram Parsons.  Which Side Are You On?, his book about the folk music revival, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award in non-fiction writing in 2007.  His earlier work, The Folk Music Sourcebook, co-authored with Larry Sandberg, was the winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Music Critics Association award. His background in traditional American folk music included performances and jam sessions with Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, the reverend Gary Davis, legendary banjo player Stuart Jamieson, and John Lee Hooker. Dick was an Associate Professor of Music in the Music & Entertainment Business program at the University of Colorado at Denver, and has also taught classes and workshops at the University of Oregon, the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Portland Community College, the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, University of California Santa Cruz, the Eugene Songwriters Association, the Colorado Music Business Organization, and the Jamaican Trade Board.