Thursday, June 18, 2009
I had the opportunity to review the CD Bible Belt by Diane Birch and as I was loading it in the CD player I realized that NPR was doing an interview with her. Not bad. Not bad, at all. And she holds her own. The music is mature as is her voice.
And here's some background for you - For singer-songwriter Diane Birch, music was a refuge. Although Diane was born in Michigan, her childhood was spent on the move as the daughter of a preacher, living between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia, before her parents finally settled in Portland, Oregon. When she was in her early teens, Diane absorbed a unique and cosmopolitan perspective on life that shines through her music and makes a simple categorization of it impossible.
The result? Diane Birch sounds like an old favorite, with all the sparkle and magic of a breakthrough talent. People says she sounds like a combination of early Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks, with a little Joss Stone and Cat Power mixed in. Bible Belt is only her first record, but it’s one of the most accomplished albums you’ll hear all year. From the opening track “Fire Escape” to the closing “Magic View,” Diane’s stunning voice is mesmerizing.
Check out the links to tracks and listen to some great music. Then do yourself a favor and cash in some Swagbucks or Amazon cards for the album. You won't be disappointed. If you need to get hooked up with Swagbucks check out the link under "Stickies" for more information.
Link to MP3 of ‘Fire Escape’ http://www.rcrdlbl.com/artists/Diane_Birch/track/Fire_Escape
Myspace = http://www.myspace.com/dianebirch