Posts Tagged ‘songwriter’

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 . .

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New Jersey can proudly lay claim as the birthplace or home to many top songwriters and musicians — Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny,  Bon Jovi, and Paul Simon to name just a few. A lesser known favorite of mine is Pete Yorn. I became a fan of the singer-songwriter from Montville, NJ with his 2001 debut release musicforthemorningafter, which has been his most successful solo effort (certified Gold) and earned him one of ‘Ten Artists to Watch’ accolades from Rolling Stone Magazine.  Yorn also collaborated with actress Scarlett Johansson releasing BREAK UP in 2009 and the duo reached Platinum status in France. Yorn’s fifth studio release, the 2010 self-titled ‘black’ CD was produced by Frank Black of The Pixies. Recorded in 5 days, the result is a stripped down, straight-forward rock-n-roll record. With the more complex instrumentation that I enjoyed on his previous releases gone, a new addition to ‘The List’ immediately emerged with the opening chords of “Velcro Shoes”.  Look up ‘great rock song’ in any language and you should find this song there.