Music is a whole realm within our realm. I love this life of bringing music to the people. Music makes people happy, and sometimes the songs are sad, and mostly people feel themselves inside the songs. There's a shared knowing, a community, that the songs conjure. I absolutely love recording, and I'm about to release my first record with an industry professional, Mr Mike Napolitano. Give thanks.
Folkgoddess Diane Patterson writes, sings, and carries her Mystic Folk Americana with acoustic guitar, ukulele and voice. Since 1991, Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary, now around the world, on festival stages, at folk music and conscious music gatherings, healing gatherings and in concert venues of Southern Oregon and Northern California, in Hawaii every winter for the last 10 years, in Europe summers of 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2016, and twice across the usa in spring and fall 2016.
“Joni Mitchell meets Ani DiFranco. Patterson is a modern day folk goddess.”
Diane plays and collaborates with a number of artists working towards a more sustainable future, through the celebration of Abundance by Design. Currently she is working on a fabulous new CD, recording her engaging and eloquent songs in New Orleans with producer Mike Napolitano.
Based in Southern Oregon, independent and supported by her community, Diane considers herself a micro magical munition of manifesting highest consciousness, cleanest food for body and mind, best balance and highest integrity of relations between all Peoples, Elements, Directions, Resources. For this the songs are caught, carried, sung, rocked, and recorded. Diane lives this traveling, bardic, community musician style, also producing musical mystical events.
As women, if we are willing to let the flower of our maidenhood fall, if we are willing to allow our fruits to ripen to their fullness, then may we have greatness to give to the people and to all the living things. Bless.
Rocking First Friday at Love Revolution in Ashland, OR
The title of my 2016 album, and some good words to live with.
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Indigo Girls. Amy and Emily seem to be the ultimate good vibes crew. I'd love to put on a huge benefit show with them for some powerful peaceful community cause that we all love.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Baritone ukulele! It's astoundingly warm and sweet-sounding. It's got the same four highest strings of the guitar, nylon, and somehow it sounds so deep and rich. The two songs I've written on the 'Bari' are some of my very favorites. Check out my song Holy Land on my album Build a Bridge from 2013.
3: What was the worst advice?
I wouldn't say this was bad advice, just no advice. A friend said to me regarding the direction I was taking with my band at the time, long ago when I could have really used some good advice, "You have good instincts, but I'm not sure about what you're doing beyond that." Indeed, I had no idea how to manage a band, including artistic direction, business direction, any of it.
4: What was your first concert?
My first paid performances were on electric bass for an excellent team, The Blues Duo, out of Sacramento, California. Nate Shiner and Gisele Moore played hot Delta Blues, both on electric guitars, sang harmonies. I had been taking guitar lessons from Gisele and they decided to "make Diane our bass player." It was exhilarating to me. I could have played with them for a long, long time, but it only lasted one season, the spring of 1989.
5: What/where is the best road food?
I tend to avoid big chain stores when I can, but baby, when you're out in the midwest and there are no organic restaurants or natural food stores for many miles, Whole Foods becomes very special. Organic celery is a staple road food for me, with good things to dip it in. Not only is celery good for joints because it beats inflammation, it's hydrating food, what I call structured water, and for singers, that's important. The bean dips are high in iron and protein.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
A friend took me aside after hearing a live album me and my band put out in 1995. He's a voice teacher, studied opera. He said he could help me a lot with just a few lessons, and he did. I'm still drawing on techniques Sean Bianco taught me back then.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Just a couple of days ago I was singing and I was going through my body in this physiological event that is singing, checking my posture and placement and support and all that, and then I found myself going through the artists that I've watched singing just in videos, and applying the subtle shapes of face in the singing of Bob Marley, Van Morrison, Natalie Mains. And the way Robert Plant turned and smiled at Jimmy Page, this picture in my mind, relaxes me, makes me smile and drop my shoulders while I sing. All of these greats inspiring me in that moment moved me deeply. Surprisingly, I find inspiration almost everywhere. I just have to remember to see.