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Dirk Von Stein is a singer-songwriter based out of Des Moines, IA. Along with his soulful original music, he loves to play cover song favorites from numerous genres of music including Country, Americana, Classic Rock, 70'S Folk, and Blues. Some of his top influence-rs are Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, Zach Williams, and Tom Petty.  In 2024 he is excited to perform with his band The Double Down.

Playing music has been a passion since the age of 5. He started with piano lessons, percussion in the school band, then convinced his mom and dad to buy a drum set at 13. After forming his first band a year later... he was hooked. Nothing was cooler than playing loud rock and roll.

Guitars were always around and he knew he wanted to sing and write music. By 22 he had been taking guitar lessons for years and was ready to join another band. Hitting up all the local open jams he found a home in the Des Moines Blues community. Dirk loved playing live shows, performing with great musicians and opening up for national acts.

By 25 alcohol took center stage in his life. Fears of drinking and driving kept him away from playing and performing for a decade. Sobering up in 2014 he was at a crossroads with new hope and was given the opportunity to play music again at the last place he ever imagined…. Church. He began leading youth worship which led to an opportunity to play electric lead guitar on the Sunday morning worship team. His passion to play music was at an all time high and he had plenty to write about.

During the year of lock down he made the decision to start playing the music he loves again. 2021 presented the opportunity he was ready for. Playing solo acoustic gives Dirk the creative freedom to play music by all his favorite artists/bands and getting to collaborate with other talented musicians.

Dirk released his first 5 song EP in 2023 titled “Rise In Me”, which depicts songs about living a life in recovery. He is scheduled to record his second EP in early 2024, with plans to record a full length album in the near future.


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