‘Museum of Appalachia Recordings’ - Diana Jones(May 14, 2013)
As a long-time fan of Diana Jones, for me her new album ‘Museum of Appalachia Recordings’ – appropriately recorded at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee – is another precious treasure of songs from an outstanding songwriter and musician who delivers enduring songs with a classic a ruby-rich voice.
This album offers eleven originals recorded live in the simplest of settings with the music delivered as it comes. No room for hi-tech trickery here, no expert ‘black arts’ changing and modifying what you hear. This is ‘as it comes’ and that’s just how it should be. To be honest this music stands proud and true without the need for superfluous adornment - so hats off to engineer Joe DeJarnette for capturing the essence of the sound – listen carefully, eyes closed and the musicians are in the room with you.
A superlative storyteller, Diana explores themes that are as ancient as the hills yet at once as young as yesterday, both with the freshness of tomorrow. As you experience the tough love of ‘O Sinner’ and ‘Drunkard’s Daughter’ or the loss and longing captured in ‘Ohio’ and ‘Orphan’s Home’ you feel the touch of Diana’s way with melodies and words. And should you be able to resist, then one listen to ‘Gold Mine’ will take you into the depths of her music.
On ‘Museum of Appalachia Recordings’ there’s Diana Jones (vocals, guitar, tenor guitar) Matt Combs (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, mandola, viola, harmony vocals) Shad Cobb (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmony vocals) and Joe ‘joebass’ DeJarnette (bass) with Laurelyn Dossett and John Lilly (harmony vocals).
‘Museum of Appalachia Recordings’ releases on 8 July 2013 on Proper Records.
Reviewer: Tom Franks