Dana Immanuel is a singer-songwriter currently operating from a north London hideout from which emerges a sound more usually associated with the bayou, triple filtered through bourbon, double bass and a touch of alt-country eccentricity.
Having been Classically trained at Oxford (she studied Latin, Greek and Philosophy, with a self-taught minor in guitar playing and country music appreciation), Dana set out to live the dream; she became a professional busker on the icon that is the London Underground. These formative years produced the Amazing Floating Band with whom she performs on occasion, as well as her debut album Character Assassination, a unique blend of folk, old-fashioned jazz and Americana overlaid with lyrics featuring a surfeit of wit and a lack of punches pulled.
Dana’s music reflects her eclectic influences, from Alice Cooper to Hank Williams, routed via the bluegrass turnpike around the township of alt-country. She moonlights as a poker tournament blogger, as at home in the high-stakes casinos of Monte Carlo as in the basement bars of London, Paris and Amsterdam. There is only so much of the seedy underbelly of the gaming world one can see without itching to scratch it, and Dana’s songs have an undeniable aspect of the gambler’s demi-monde about them.
Dana is currently working on her second album which should be available toward the end of 2012, breaking up the recording year by short-hopping around the live poker circuit. Expect the unconventional mix of guitar, banjo and gambling-influenced strangely Southern vocals to which her fans have become accustomed.