‘Open Road’ [Diane’s} latest album offers enough spiritual infusion to suggest it should be offered by medical practitioners for ‘soul healing’. . . a fusion that needs to be heard . . . an instrumental mix that drives and pulses, soothes and caresses . . . Listen and feel healed.
–FolkWords, by Tom Franks
Diane’s guitar and ukulele drive the songs
and her lyrics tell stories of how we rise,
how we heal in diversity,
how we praise the beauty and grieve the losses.
There is a spirit search, and a longing in the words. One reviewer said, “Every song is some kind of call to action.” And as well there are some exciting supporting musicians recorded here; Ani DiFranco plays on Come on Rain and sings on Shape of Your Sorrow! Ani’s drummer and bass player, Terrence Higgins and Todd Sickafoose, appear on most tracks, and supah lady drummer Janelle Burdell plays for Come on Rain.
Producer Mike “Nappy” Napolitano perfectly honors this Folkgoddess’s sound between solo acoustic, acappella, and full acoustic band mixes.
The fabulous and accomplished singer-songwriter Alice DiMicele performs backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, & 10.
Great West Coast festival-star guitarist Al Torre plays on Eagle Feather, Raven and Open Road. Max Ribner, horn man for Nahko and Medicine for the People, established the horn section on Baby Loves Love.
This is Diane’s wise womyn album. She’s making it at the ripe age of nifty fifty and including a couple of songs 15 years or so in the repertoire.
Open Road refers not so much to a musician’s tour schedule, but rather to antique peoples who lived nomadically, with animals, moving with the seasons, with music, rich artistry, and magic.
The opening song, Rogue River Highway calls out to honor the refugees with a healing spell in which the highway along our Southern Oregon Rogue River becomes a band of light around the globe, leading and protecting the people on their ways to new homes.
The album began when Diane and her partner Sheba visited Ani and her husband Nappy and their kids in their New Orleans home. We decided to get in the studio and record something. They picked Come on Rain and soon Ani was picking up the resonator guitar and figuring out a nice part that solidifies and threads through the whole mighty rain song. So exciting, and so good. From there Diane asked if they had time in the studio to make a whole record, and Nappy had space to take on a new artist. And here we are.
Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with strong voice,
rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics.
Her sincere spirit and wild heart joyfully plant seeds of love and light in every listener.
Diane’s been performing at festivals and venues since 1989, beginning with a season playing electric bass for the excellent Sacramento, California-based Blues Duo; then co-fronting a reggae and latin-inspired band in Davis called The Heat from 1989-1991.
She started in 1993, with Joe Kojima Gray and Dave Theno, the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet, with Jan Peters and two percussionists, Warren Jones and Rita Hosking . . . yes, THE Rita Hosking! Following The Sextet have been 20 years of solo, duo, and trio work, often with Al Torre on guitar.
Teach, Inspire, Be Real :: Water is Life!
Be kind, be connected, be unafraid
“Joni Mitchell meets Ani DiFranco. Patterson is a modern day folk goddess.”
“Diane is a young Pete Seeger.” —Percussionist & Composer, Geoffrey Gordon
“FANTASTIC. Diane, you are a great musician.” — Paul Emery Music, Nevada City, Ca. Oct. 2015
“Diane is an amazing songwriter and a world healer.” — Bill Brickey, Chicago musician and producer
Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with her powerful voice, rocking guitar and revolutionary lyrics. Her sincere spirit and roots storytelling plant seeds of honor and respect. She’s fueled by music-as-activism and love-as-revolution. Made in New Orleans, Diane’s new 2018 album features Mike Napolitano and Ani DiFranco. Based in Northern California, independent and supported by her community, Diane’s musical background spans ‘church’, blues, and world music. Since 1989, wordsmith Patterson weaves spirit and unifying stories, now around the world, on festival stages, at folk music venues and house concerts, with winter tours in Hawaii for many years, summers in Scandinavia, and cross-country tours of the USA. “Diane is an amazing songwriter and a world healer.” — Bill Brickey, Chicago musician and producer
Diane occasionally writes long stories from her adventures. Check ’em out here.
Go here to find the lyrics for “Teach • Inspire • Be Real”