pianist-vocalist Di Anne Price is the undisputed Queen of
Barrelhouse, the living spirit of classic blues divas Ida Cox,
Alberta Hunter, Stippie Wallace, and Memphis Minnie. A
profoundly soulful singer, her expressive voice is etched with
pain or brimming with sly humor while tickling the ivories
barrel piano style on two-fisted shuffles, rolling blues, and
boogie woogie workouts.
- Jazz Times
Di Anne’s stride piano
balances jazz with ragtime and blues in a way that's so
old-fashioned it's refreshingly new. Close your eyes, and it’s
like stumbling into a 1940s barrelhouse.
- The Commercial Appeal
She has the kind of
voice you turn to in the wee, small hours - dark and smoky like
your favorite bar, warm and smooth as a glass of good bourbon.
It's the voice of romance and desire, of loneliness and loss.
– Bill Ellis
Di Anne gets to the
heart and meaning of a song that appeals to everyone. “When I
play this music, sing these songs, I'm saying ‘share this story
with me. I want real drums, real bass, and I want it to be my
voice that people hear, not something created in a studio.”
Di Anne’s approach to
music is shared with "Her Boyfriends" - drummer Tom Lonardo,
saxophonist Jim Spake, and bassist Tim Goodwin. "Playing with
them makes my back tingle. It's like making love," Di Anne says.
"When we play, we're telling a story, and no matter where I
start, they go with me."