Award-winning Diana Jones tours her latest album Song To A Refugee, a moving song cycle for the times we live in, speaks for those often without a voice and encourages a humanitarian response.
'Tender testimony to bruised lives. Powerful and poetic; a record for our times'
(★★★★ The Guardian / Observer)
Singer songwriter Diana Jones is known for her gritty, literary, Appalachian influenced songs. Adopted as an infant and raised in Long Island, NY, the fact that Diana couldn’t get enough of her brother’s Johnny Cash records finally made sense when she found her birth family and musical roots in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Her maternal grandfather, who had formed his first teenage band with a young Chet Atkins, was happy to pass on the culture and the music that he loved to his granddaughter.
‘Diana Jones is one of the best songwriters I've come across in the last ten years’
Acclaimed for earlier albums inspired by the almost mystical connection to her birth family and the music of rural Tennessee, Diana Jones is known for giving voice to dispossessed people from the past. Song To A Refugee, released on Proper Records, finds Diana looking into the wider world to shine a light on current issues close to her heart.
‘Diana's music feels essentially American. It's the voice of our dirt’
(The New York Times)
The resulting song cycle Song To A Refugee artfully considers the times we live in, speaks for those often without a voice and encourages a humanitarian response. One of the record’s strengths is Diana’s ability to inhabit the characters about whom she is writing, from the woman walking miles to the US border carrying her child, to the young children separated from their parents fleeing their homeland, giving an immediacy to their stories whilst illuminating the more generic themes within.
'Jones brings a compassion and eloquence to her subject matter that transcends mere rage, her sense of injustice instead coded in delicate acoustic passages'
‘There’s some kind of channelling from some other lifetime going on. It must come from some mysterious part of her soul’
Listen to ‘We Believe You’ from the album, featuring Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, and Peggy Seeger: https://youtu.be/11W34zTfZ8Q