In the December 10th edition of the Chicago Tribune, Chrissie Dickinson made Diana Jones her #1 pick of her Top Ten country artists, on a list that includes Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, and Marty Stuart. Here’s what she said…
“Like Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent, Jones is a singular voice who chooses art over easy commerce. At 41, the singer-songwriter emerged from a period of retrenchment to release this striking acoustic song-cycle, a minor masterwork of depth and grace. Riding an old-timey vibe that never sounds fussy, and singing in a voice subtly shaded by the high lonesome sound, Jones is an Americana gem. Whether she’s limning the despair of a dance-hall girl on “Pretty Girl” or the aching dislocation of a Native American child on “Pony,” Jones brings a Haggard-esque sensitivity to these self-penned songs.”
We had such a great time the first time Annie and Rod came to the cabin, I jst had to bring them back. Annie writes these great songs that you want to listen to again and again. Rod skillfully textures her songs with instruments and vocals, and combined with Annie’s wry and introspective revelations, they’ll keep you entertained to the last note.
I’m thrilled to have Dana and Sue back at the cabin. They’ve been here a couple of times before, and it’s always a treat. Dana’s original songs reveal wit and intelligence personably presented in a bisque of traditional folk music and seasoned with a generous helping of Appalachia. Sue’s been adding her own blend of old time banjo and voice to the mixture, and the two present wonderful arrangements of some old tunes and songs. It’s always a great treat to share them with you.
Wow. It’s always exciting to discover a new artist and bring them here to Evansville, and that’s how we’re starting out the new year. Billie was raised in rural Saskatchewan, started touring with her own country rock band at the age of 17, worked as a guard at a maximum security prison, and eventually moved to Nashville to again pursue her songwriting and music career. Billie tours internationally, writes from the heart, and confronts the darker side of humanity with grace and power.