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Kristin Diable & The City / Bio

A soul like Lucinda Williams, the confidence of Grace Slick and the voice of a decades-ago Bonnie Raitt - Chris Rose, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and music writer

A resplendent storyteller without fault, every song is like a hammer blow to your senses, evoking images of Louisiana traditions and tales. – Joel Crane of NME, Q, Mojo

Remember that name, because one day soon you’ll be able to tell your friends, “Oh I was listening to Kristin Diable before she was ever famous.” It’s going to happen. Seriously…- audiomonger.com

She has slept in cars and played Carnegie Hall. She’s as enigmatic as she is familiar, a poignant songwriter with a voice that flows like a molasses and whiskey current of a slow Southern river. Her music is equally at home in a barroom as in a house of worship. In a whisper she’ll convince you that she’s going to get to heaven by breaking through the back door.

Kristin Diable was born on Mother’s Day in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a stone’s throw from the mighty Mississippi. Her given name is itself indicative of the juxtaposition embodied in her sound (Kristin, a “Follower of Christ,” and Diable , the French for “Devil”). To hear her voice – to simply lay eyes on her – makes clear that both parties had a hand in her creation.

But it’s through this artist’s evolution that we fortunate souls come to understand that rarely do we meet a performer so in the now who maintains such distinct musical integrity. Her melodic compositions and strong, simple arrangements hearken to a soulful yesteryear with a diversity and depth clearly reminiscent of broad influences ranging from Neil Young to Nina Simone and Big Bill Broonzy to Dolly Parton.

With KRISTIN DIABLE & THE CITY, she pays homage to her ‘roots music’ foundations. Diable’s 60's Folk, Blues and Soul influences are immediately distinguishable in this 12-track modern-day classic that delivers timely messages through an authentically original voice. The music at once embraces and challenges the nature and exclusivity of opposites, of the micro and macro, the internal and external, of personal and societal victories and defeats and the eternal push and pull of good and evil.

Recorded and engineered by Earl Scioneaux III of New Orleans’ iconic Preservation Hall, the core of the album was tracked live to capture the spirit that arises when music is played for the simple joy of the moment, nothing less or more. Music, at its very best, is truth: truth offered up in a new context that allows for beauty to be revealed through the cracks of our perception. KRISTIN DIABLE & THE CITY serves up a hearty portion of truth to anyone willing to sit, listen and connect.

As soon as she was of legal age, Diable left her home-town music scene and made her way to New York with the half-notion of finding something like Allen Ginsberg’s city of 1965, one of free-minded artists of common ilk running wild on the fat of the land. After selling most of her possessions to make deposit on a 150 square foot rooming house apartment in Manhattan's East Village, she began building a buzz in the bustling Lower East Side music scene, quickly working her way up to regular performances at more prestigious downtown haunts such as The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, and Mercury Lounge.

Soul-fed and fed-up with the city life, she returned home in 2009 to New Orleans, the final frontier, where, building on the success of her regular appearances at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival and local venues such as Tipitinas, DBA and the House of Blues, she is fast establishing herself as one of this historic music city’s new wave of nationally relevant indigenous talent. She is a legacy artist in the making and her newest release gives a key-hole insight of what’s to come.

Additional info at: http://www.KristinDiable.com

General Info

Band Members
Casey McAllister: Guitars, Keys -- Charles Lumar: Bass, Sousaphone -- Chris Davis: Drums -- Ian Smith: Trumpet -- Dominic Grillo: Sax
Artist Name
Kristin Diable & The City
Home Page
Folk / Blues / Pop

Contact Info

New Orleans, LA