Dibson T Hoffweiler is a musician living in Oakland, California after an eight year tenure as a fixture in New York City’s anti-folk scene. He began his songwriting career on the scene as an engine to play guitar, and proceeded to fill the role of guitarist in more bands than he was able to manage. He served as lead guitarist in psych collective Huggabroomstik and rhythm guitarist in queer pop group Cheese On Bread. He founded folk-turned-pop group Urban Barnyard, and was the sort-of-leader of the intergalactic psych-folk cult Old Hat. Alongside these acts Dibs continued his guitar-based songwriting, but upon moving to Oakland he’s focused on the acoustic guitar as a solo instrument.
5 AM AWAKE IN BED is Dibs’ fifth solo release and first record of his instrumental steel-string guitar work. Inspired by the work of “American Primitive” guitarists such as John Fahey, Jack Rose, and Robbie Basho, the finger-style guitar pieces value simplicity and expressiveness over fretboard gymnastics. The record is composed of meditations on solitude, frustrations on loneliness, and scramblings for what’s in between.