Diana Jones “High Atmosphere” (Proper 2011)

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Taking it’s title from an album gifted her by the recordings co-producer Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show), High Atmosphere is the latest release from Diana Jones on the Proper label, the album is the third notable one from Jones who’s distinct voice is a real treat for the ears, it follows on from the My Remembrance of You (2006) and Better Times Will Come (2009) both of which I’d recommend too, there were a pair of albums released in the 90’s but I’m not familiar with either.

Jones has toured with a Beat Surrender favourite Mary Gauthier and wrote the brilliant If I Had a Gun covered so well by Gretchen Peters (Jones’ version appears on the Better Times Will Come album), as well as co-producing the album Ketch Secor also plays or sings on most of the tracks , there’s also a guest appearances from Nanci Griffith and a duet with Jim Lauderdale on the track Funeral Singer.

Adopted as a young child Jones grew up in the Northeast United States, then in her twenties she traced her birth family back to the Smoky Mountains in east Tennessee, spending time with her grandfather a Knoxville guitarist who had played with Chet Atkins proved to be a seminal time for Jones and the connection to her roots inspired her career and her grandfather who passed away in 2000 features heavily on Jones’ breakthrough album My Remembrance of You.

High Atmosphere is a fine album, the eloquent writing, bluegrass instrumentation and sympathetic production leave no room for filler, emotive and powerful the album deals with the timeless subjects of death, loss, faith, love and disappointment, highlights for me include Jones take on the oft repeated wish for a magical pill to cure life’s emotional disappointments Drug For This and the poetic sadness of My Love is Gone.

Diana Jones – Drug for This

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Diana Jones – If I Had a Gun

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