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Diana Jones - Live In Concert (Proper)

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With four solo studio albums under her belt, the Nashville and New York City-based singer-songwriter returns to deliver the obligatory live album. One of Appalachia's most distinctive and original voices, Diana Jones steps up on stage to showcase a selection of the her most requested songs, including Better Times Will Come, My Beloved, Pony and Henry Russell's Last Words. With Diana's voice very much to the fore, the familiar songs come fast and furious, at times prompting this reviewer to think to himself 'oh yes, she wrote that one too'. The recordings are taken from various sources, including her first European performance at the Blue Highways Festival in the Netherlands in 2007, featuring Beau Stapleton on mandolin on Willow Tree, which opens the set. Amongst the familiar songs Diana pops in three previously unheard songs Happiness, Prayer For My Brother and the album closer My Last Call. The album will no doubt serve the singer well when she returns to the UK for a few dates in April.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky