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Showing posts with label Diana Rein. Show all posts
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Gulf Coast Records artist: Diana Rein - Queen Of My Castle - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Queen of My Castle, from Diana Rein and it's a solid blues rocker. Opening with Yes I Sing The Blues, a cool shuffle, Rein is up front on vocal and lays down solid blues drenched rock riffs. Backed by Michael Leisure on drums, Dave Osti on bass, and Drake Munkihald Shining on keys, a solid opener. Title track, Queen of My Castle is Rein's best vocal track with clean bluesy guitar riffs as accents. One Foot In is a lumbering rocker with a funky rhythm guitar line, solid vocals and a nice blues guitar lead. One of my favorite tracks on the release is driving rocker, It's You, with a springy guitar rhythm and a real nice bass line. Slick lead guitar riffs and nice backing vocals by Steve Polacek, Vaughn Polacek, Lincoln Clapp, Melissa Bonning, Julia Clapp and Mackenzie Clapp give the track just the right texture. R&B track, Chill of the Night is the definite radio track with it's perfect melody and smooth vocals. A full, rich organ solo by Shining leads into a stellar guitar solo by Rein giving this track a real sheen. Wrapping the release is instrumental, Zoe, my favorite track on the release with just the right amount of tension and clean and richly expressed guitar lead. Having the classic lines of a SRV instrumental, this is sure to be a fan favorite. Very nice closer. 

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

4th Annual Woodystock Blues/Rock Festival Returns to High Desert


Saturday, October 1 & Sunday, October 2 /Music Starts 11AM  Daily


Kenny Cederholm brings his distinct country-blues sounds to the Woodystock Festival when he headlines on Sunday, October 2. Kenny won "Country Artist of the Year" at the 2016 Los Angeles Music Awards.

  (Apple Valley, CA/August 18, 2016) - Staking it's claim as the largest yearly original blues and rock music event in the SoCal High Desert, the Woodystock Rock 'N' Blues Festival is back for it's fourth big year, taking place Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2, at Woodardville Ranch, (end of Chicago Rd.), in Apple Valley. Music start at 11 am each day. Tickets $20.00 per day in advance, $25.00 at the gate/day of show; 2-day tickets $35.00 in advance, $40.00 at the gate/day of show. Camping tickets $10.00 per night/per vehicle. Kids 12 and under, free. Tickets/info.: (760) 963-4994 or: Emceeing Woodystock again this year is High Desert station, KJAY Epic! Radio.

  "Our goal is to bring first-class musicians to the High Desert," states Woodystock founder John Woodard, who's also a Councilman for the City of Adelanto. Woodard was also a driving force behind the Adelanto New Blues Festival last May at Stater Bros. Stadium.

   Woodystock operates on Donations and Sponsorships. Contact John Woodard for Donation and Sponsorship opportunities.

Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys are Orange County's hottest new blues-rock group featuring the dual guitar attack of the "Six-String Siren" Diana Rein and Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams. They'll perform Saturday at Woodystock.

 About Some of the Performers at Woodystock Rock/Blues Festival

 *All the way from Ventura come Crooked Eye Tommy, fronted by brothers/guitarists, Tommy and Paddy Marsh. The band  - who headline Saturday at Woodystock - is up for Best Blues Band and Album of the Year at the 2016 Ventura Music Awards.

  *Hailing from Hesperia, The Lillies' sound is in the spectrum that lies between the raw/avant-garde tumble of sixtie's indie greats The Velvet Underground and modern-day rock greats, U2. Yet, the quartet are also heavily rooted in the Blues.

  *Returning to Woodystock this year is the 'Reverend' Smack Jonez. The singer-songwriter, New York-born and raised in Gavelston, Texas, was "sent here on a mission from God to bring you the love thru song and sound so that you, too can get down." Watch Jonez electrify the Woodystock crowd with his energetic blend of blues, funk, rock and soul.

  *One of the more eclectic bands to grace the Woodystock stage is Electric Parlor. The L.A.-based quartet takes pride in creating music that has an honest, raw, and live feel to it, relatable to music fans all over the world.  They are inspired by the past, and the lessons they have learned from years of listening to the forefathers of Rock 'n' Roll.

The tasty Down-Home Blues of guitarist Victor Crain
graces the stage of Woodystock again this year.

  *The guitar playing style of well-known High Desert-ite Victor Crain was once favorably compared to the great Jimi Hendrix. Crain, who resides in Llano, returns to Woodystock again this year to play some tasty Down-Home Blues. 



Monday, August 8, 2016

Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys Perform at Real Blues Festival 7

SoCal's Coolest New Blues-Rock Band!


Sunday, Aug. 14, 4 pm - COACH HOUSE, San Juan Capistrano

"Diana Rein and the Papermoon Gypsys brought a rollicking show to the Blue Beet. Diana's bluesy voice and Kenny 'Big Daddy' Williams' blistering lead guitar on their version of Jimi Hendrix' classic "Stone Free"  showed why they're one of the hottest new groups on the scene today. Rein's guitar propels the music with a rocking sound, the interplay of her guitar carrying both rhythm and some excellent solo work. All told, Diana Rein and the Papermoon Gypsys provide a hard driving blues sound that's hard to beat"                         - Ed Simon, LOS ANGELES BEAT

   (SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA) - SoCal's coolest new blues-rock ensemble is Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys, perform locally at the Real Blues Festival of Orange County 7, taking place at The Coach House, Concert Hall, 33157 Camino Capistrano, Sunday, August 14. Showtime: 4 pm. Tickets $20. Info: (949) 496-8930 or

                     About...Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys

   The new group is co-led by vocalists-guitarists, Diana Rein and Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams, along with Joe Dolci on bass and Rich Smith on drums. Rein, also known as the "Six-String Siren," has just released a new album, Long Road (Rude Mood Records). "Rein proves herself multi-talented by not only writing, recording, and producing Long Road, she also sings and plays lead, bass, and rhythm guitars, " writes National Blues Review. On Long Road, Rein - a big Stevie Ray Vaughan  fan who moved to Southern California from a hotbed of the Blues, Chicago - displays a sharp tongue, driving blues-based guitar, and melodic solos. Conversely, Williams is a longtime SoCal musician who, in addition to Papermoon Gypsys, also fronts OC-based blues-rock trio, Bluespower. "Big Daddy," as Williams is commonly called, is also co-owner of Kenny's Music in Dana Point in addition to the Host of the weekly "Laguna Blues" radio show every Friday night on KX93.5 FM. "Big Daddy is one of those guitarists whose showmanship comes naturally," writes Ed Simon of the Los Angeles Beat



          Upcoming Live Shows: Diana Rein & Papermoon Gypsys

August 14 (Sun.)       REAL BLUES FESTIVAL OF OC7           SJ Capistrano, CA
August 31 (Wed.)     TEMECULA VALLEY MUSIC AWARDS    Murrieta, CA
Sept. 3 (Saturday)     NEW BLUES FESTIVAL III                      Long Beach, CA




Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rude Mood Records artist: Diana Rein - Long Road - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Long Road, from Diana Rein, and it's got strong commercial potential. Opening with title track, Long Road, Diana Rein shows real clarity in vocal performance on a well written ballad with ultra clean Fender guitar work. Very nice! Wild One has a thumping bottom and strong rock bones. A driving rhythm guitar line and aggressive lead guitar work gives this track real sting. Livin' Loud has a slinky feel warming up to a guitar infused rock break. Cool. Green Light has a power pop feel with a springy 3 chord drive under blues lead. Rebel With A Cause opens with a Latin flare but breaks down to a heavy footed rocker. A solid radio style track with modest guitar riffs keeps it simple. The Real Thing has a nice fat Fender guitar sound with with nicely written melody lines. Breakout guitar work on this track gives it another dimension but still staying mostly in the power pop area. Nice. Done Me Dirty, another strong radio entry has some stinging guitar riffs breaking the pop infused lyrics. Don't Walk Away is a sweet ballad written over a basic arpeggio. There is a real nice guitar solo on the track giving it a broader feel and Rein's vocals are strong, balancing her guitar work. Come Back Home has a well written melody and Rein's vocals are pushed nicely by a more powerful guitar solo giving it a bit more rock weight. Wicked is a real nice blues ballad with a rich guitar guitar intro. Backing down and allowing her vocals carry the load, Rein gives the track real cross radio airplay opportunities, before coming back with her most adventurous guitar work to this point, venturing into Big Brother territory. Very nice. Down, Down, Down opens with a primitive blues feel but kicks into power pop mode with driving drums and vibrant guitar riffs. My favorite track on the release is the closer, Peace, a really nicely written instrumental ballad for electric guitar. Clean tones through what sounds like a nice tube Super and sparks of jazzy guitar riffs gives this track true sparkle. Very nice closer to a strong vocal entry.

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