Meet the Dave Diamond Band | Rick’s Rising Stars
“Concrete & Stone” — Music video from the Revenge of the Slowpoke album
Mini-documentary for the Revenge of the Slowpoke album release.
Dave Diamond’s career in music spans more than twenty years. A prolific singer/songwriter and session musician, Dave has recorded and performed as a solo artist and with his own band as well as with an array of other talented and acclaimed musicians.Diamond’s mature and finely crafted blend of rootsy Americana with a little funk and classic singer-songwriter rock resonates for both the casual listener and those who have a more discerning palette.
Although most people know drummer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Diamond’s world-class playing with bands like Assembly of Dust, Zen Tricksters. His past experiences of sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Weir, Donna Jean Godchaux, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge or supporting such artists such as Maceo Parker, moe., Todd Rundgren the list goes on and on have helped inform his considerable catalogue of original music. While it’s true that most of Diamond’s career has been spent helping shape the jam band scene in North America, it would be foolish to categorize his work as derivative of any one genre. They reveal a wide range of influences including contemporary indie rock to late 60s/early 70s Laurel Canyon rhythms and inflections. From the funk of James Brown to Jamiriqoui and even a dose of latin to afro pop his songs are immediately accessible
He is a musician’s musician through and through, highly respected by his fans and critics alike, and has been featured in Modern Drummer and Drum magazine. Diamond is equally comfortable in abstract and complex musical terrain as evidenced by his contributions to Blow Up Hollywood, the art rock collective led by Steve Messina and the musical catalogue of poet NYC poet/ songwriter Alan Semerdjian With a wide palette of tastes for different music, Dave’s passionate drumming and percussion reflects his many different influences. His versatility is evident in his session work, where he is in high demand for albums ranging from reggae to rock, from ska to punk, from free-form jamming to straight-up experimental jazz/fusion, to the most dynamic indie rock singer/songwriters..
After recording with Grammy Award-winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Ray Lamontagne, Bonnie Raitt, Aimee Mann) for Assembly of Dust’s Sun Shot album, Diamond is back at work for his next full-length release, which will feature Jason Crosby (Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Robert Randolph), Jeff Mattson and Rob Barraco (Dark Star Orchestra, Zen Tricksters, Phil Lesh) and Jessie Wagner (Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz) among other notable names in the industry. He is producing the album himself along with Chris Layborne. The currently untitled album will be the 26th in Diamond’s ever-growing discography and the 5th that highlights his own material exclusively. It’s poised to cement his status as an artist who is as comfortable in the front of the stage as he is anywhere else on it.