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Memphis blues and jazz artist Di Anne Price died of liver cancer, March 13, 2013. She was easily one of the fabled music city’s most beloved performers. Her superb albums Barrel House Queen, Sugar in My Bowl, Love Come and Go, Blue Artistry, The Best Price, 88 Steps to the Blues, Taking the Blues in Stride, and Deja Blu, all showcase her smoky vocals, barrelhouse piano, and her fascination with a variety of blues and jazz styles from 1920s throwback to more contemporary arrangements.

As a little girl, Price would wake up in the middle of the night wanting to play the piano. She’d get dressed, put on gloves if it was cold, wake her mom, and the two would play and sing until morning. The first songs Price ever learned were blues, and the husky-voiced storyteller never stopped singing them. Price, always credited her mom, and called her fans her babies, never lost her enthusiasm. She told John Taylor of Blues on Stage that the first thing she did in the morning was touch her piano to make sure it was still there. The second thing she did was sit down and practice.

Price told The Memphis Flyer she was happiest when working. “You know, when I’m in a smoke-filled bar, and can smell the Jack Daniels all around, and I’m singing something that’s right just for the moment, that’s working just for that moment, and people are really listening, that’s everything I need.”

Di Anne was the undisputed Barrel House Queen, the 21st century spirit of classic blues divas Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Stippie Wallace, and Memphis Minnie. A profoundly soulful singer, her expressive voice was etched with pain or brimming with sly humor while she played barrel piano style on two-fisted shuffles, rolling blues, and boogie woogie workouts.
- Jazz Times


Her stride piano balanced jazz with ragtime and blues in a way so old-fashioned it was refreshingly new. If you closed your eyes, you’d think you’d stumbled into a 1940s barrelhouse.
- The Commercial Appeal

She had the kind of voice you’d 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 got to the heart of a song in a way that appealed to everyone. “When I sing, I'm saying share this story with me.” She shared her music with Her Boyfriends: drummer Tom Lonardo, saxophonist Jim Spake, and bassist Tim Goodwin.

 

 

Pig Meat

To Hell With Love

Hallelujah, I Love Him So

Fever

I Love Being Here With You

You Won’t Let Me Go

I Want To Be Seduced

Sugar In My Bowl

Keep Sittin’ On It

I Need Your Love So Bad

Alone On My Own

Makin’ Whoopee

Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues
(2000 Version)

Livin’ Alone

One Mo’ Bottle Of Beer




 

 

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