Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland’

After the initial success of Cake’s 1996 hit “The Distance,” the release of their follow up album PROLONGING THE MAGIC (1998) generated some negative reviews. A writer for The Times in London predicted Cake would go down as ‘one-hit wonders’ and were little more than an above average bar-room act. Wrong. “Never There” went to the top of Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks. Cake has shared the secret to their unique sound: cheap guitars. Guitarist Xan McCurdy states “Front man/guitarist John McCrea’s guitar is a shitty old starter guitar from the ’60s. They probably made a million of them off an assembly line. We never get the exact same tone twice.” Maybe he’ll have it with him when Cake performs in downtown Cleveland this weekend at the InCuya Music Festival.

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Singer/songwriter Diana Chittester, who resides in NE Ohio, is one of the finer ‘finger-pickers’ around. She has performed her “percussive-playing style” all over the U.S and Canada, usually alone onstage surrounded by her arsenal of guitars. The new featured track “Freedom”, off her upcoming release PARADOX due out May 11th, was written on a ukulele. She decided to try something new and record with additional instrumentation and full production. She absolutely nails it with great feel on this song and as a bonus I hear a little Ani DiFranco influence built in (Ani is one of my all-time favorite indie artists.) In addition to her 5/11 record release party at Beachland Ballroom, Diana will be opening for Joan Osborne (“What if God Was One of Us”) and Lisa Loeb (“Stay (I Missed You”)) at Cain Park on August 10th. Check her out . .