Archive for September, 2009
September 24, 2009
Dave Diamond CD Review- Revenge of the Slowpoke
By Christine Gerani
Singer, songwriter Dave Diamond comes at us with a new independent release of his latest CD Revenge of the Slowpoke. With solid hit tracks like “Eastern Sky”, Dave pulls us into another place with his ethereal lyrics “With daydreams of days gone by is where you’ll find me.” One doesn’t need to really figure out what musical style Dave embodies; it’s a style all his own, rich with flares of bluegrass, pop, rock and soul. This album is one of those surprises like Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand where you might not hear a track on Top 40 Radio stations, but for the true music lover it belongs in your collection.
Dave’s vocals are spot on in “Just a Memory”, hitting higher notes taking him out of his comfort zone, while bringing depth and substance to an already well written song. Taking a page from Dave Matthews (which is a good thing) the beautiful Fiddle arrangements by Jason Crosby add incredible warmth to included songs. Dave Diamond, who started his career off as a drummer, is now a multifaceted artist playing guitars, drums, bass and keyboards. He also of course sings and writes. During “I Got a Song” Diamond works his backup singers into an R&B frenzy reminiscent of the old radio show The Quiet Storm. Drop dead sexy groove along with soulful vocals by Dave and his ladies.
Grateful Dead member and rock and roll hall of fame inductee Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay lends her voice to “Closer to You” which is no doubt one of the catchiest and rockin’ tunes on his album. Besides Jason Crosby and Donna Jean, Diamond surrounds himself with world class musicians, Mookie Seigal, Teddy Kumpel, Mark Newnan, Billy Titus, Jessica Wagner, Wendy Lanter, Peter Levin and of course the incomparable Victoria Faiella. Each one of these musical geniuses adds a level of excellence, freshness and pace to the masterpiece that is Revenge of the Slowpoke.
Hey everybody! I’m debuting my new CD, Revenge of the Slowpoke at the Living Room in NYC this Friday night, September 25th at 10PM.
This new recording has been a long time in the making, and I’m really excited that it’s finally finished and ready for you to hear. So please join me this Friday night at the CD release show.
I can’t wait for you to hear these songs live, and for you to hear the AMAZING band that I get to play with: Chris Crosby, Jason Crosby, Victoria Faiella, Lizzy Friel, Eric Kalb, Mark Newman, and Billy Titus.
We go on at 10PM and I promise that you’ll have a great time! See you there!
CD Release Show for “Revenge of the Slowpoke”
Friday, September 25th, 2009 @ 10PM
The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street, New York City, NY
The new recording “Revenge of the Slowpoke” will be out and available at Dave’s music store here and Amazon.com, CDBaby, and wherever mp3’s are sold…. extra tracks will be included on the mp3 sites by the way !! special guests on this CD include: Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Mookie Seigel, Klyph Black, Jason Crosby, Teddy Kumpel, Billy Titus, Mark Newman to name a few….
Dave has been doing some cool sessions as of late. Just wrapped recording famed photographer Andre Serrano’s debut…… classic versions of some cool tunes you might know and original tunes too… and if you didn’t know, Blow Up Hollywood is also featured on the Body Of War soundtrack along with Pearl Jam, Neil Young and a host of other amazing artists. Other sessions include Victoria Faiella’s upcoming release and going into the studio this week with Jason Crosby to record some tunes for his upcoming record… Stay tuned………….