Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bible Belt - music to my ears AND a GIVEAWAY

You'll rarely see CD reviews here on Champagne Living. The reason is, that I can't STOMACH much of the garbage that I'm sent to listen to, that I never make it through the entire CD. Most of them make better coasters to put under my chardonnay.

The exception has been Bible Belt by singer/songwriter Diane Birch. I'm an "old school" type. I still put on James Taylor and Carole King. My husband makes fun of my music, because I LOVE female vocalists best of all. Yes, there are new artists that I adore (and yes they are primarily female), but I consistently go back to my "old standards."

Diane Birch is like an old soul with a new voice. She has been compared to Carole King, Amy Winehouse and Linda Ronstadt (although frankly, I don't get the Linda Ronstadt comparison). I'm going to add Mary Chapin Carpenter to that list of women that she reminds me of. With the earthy sounds similar Winehouse and the phrasing that reminds me of King and Carpenter - Diane Birch actually has produced a sound that when combined, is uniquely her own.

The best thing is that although Bible Belt is her debut album, it was produced by the cream of the crop in the recording industry. Just listen to Fire Escape and you'll get the feeling that she's been at this for a lifetime.

Thanks to the One2One Network for hooking me up with this great CD -
one of Champagne Living's lucky readers is going to win a copy of this great CD as well!


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janehixon said...

the BeeGees



guettel78 said...

Barbra Streisand

guettel78 said...

I subscribed via email, and I'm following you on twitter (guettel78).

guettel78 said...

I have your button on my sidebar: http://slavetoacademia.blogspot.com/

chromiumman said...

counting crows

christopher h

chromiumman (at) mail (dot) com

foamfan said...

My favorites vary with mood, but right now it's probably the BeeGees.
New stuff? Amy Winehouse, sometimes.


Crown the Queen said...

My all time fav is Frank Sinatra. I was performing at a b-day party in Chicago years ago (I used to sing italian opera) and I got to use the same exact mic that Frank used years before! That is something I will never forget. I would love to win this cd - you dont mention if she is Christian or if that is just the name of her cd tho' :-)

Ken said...

My favorites: Bob Dylan, The Beatles. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

guettel78 said...

Definitely Barbra Streisand - I saw her in concert for the first time two years ago, and she hasn't lost a bit of her vocal power and interpretive ability!

tatertot374 said...

I would love to win this. I love Third Day. Thank you for the chance

maweisberg said...

i want to win

GALENA said...

micheal bolton is my all time fav. love his voice

guettel78 said...

Would have to go with Barbra Streisand as my all-time favorite vocalist, with her newer counterpart Linda Eder being a close second. Thanks!


guettel78 said...

My favorite all-time band would probably have to be The Beatles, whose songs are timeless, cross several different genres and sounds, and have really influenced countless modern bands with their signature style. Thanks for the giveaway - I saw Diane Birch open for another singer, James Morrison, a few weeks back, and she's just terrific!


guettel78 said...

As far as orchestras go, I have a soft spot for the Pittsburgh Symphony, since I grew up near the 'burgh and attended many concerts there. Now that I'm living in Ohio, Cleveland's orchestra may be gaining ground, but I'll still cast my vote for Pittsburgh.


brendaellen1971 said...

I enjoy the Gaither Vocal Band because they remind me of all the old songs of the church but also sing newer songs that encorporate the know generation.

guettel78 said...

My current favorite band would have to be the British band Keane - I love their heartfelt melodies, and to me the lead singer has the best voice in rock today!


Anonymous said...

Mark Lowrey is my all time favorite. He is so funny & has a wonderful voice to boot! My favorite band is Lord Song - they tour with Mark for hit "Be the Miracle" tour this year.


Anonymous said...

Diana Krall is one of my many all-time favorites.

Diana Huffer

guettel78 said...

Having just rewatched her recent concert special, I have to reiterate that my favorite all-time singer is Barbra Streisand, for the emotion she puts into every line of a song and the sheer volume of her catalog!


ktgonyea said...

Count me in again please :) 06/22/09

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Smooshy said...


guettel78 said...

Another vote for Streisand - thanks again for the giveaway!


ktgonyea said...

My 6/24/09 entry :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Enya is my very favorite!

guettel78 said...

Another singer who's quickly becoming one of my favorites is Adele, who has a great, soulful, throwback sound (which would also describe Diana Birch!)


Bitesizesara said...

I hope I win

Anonymous said...

Tina Turner!


erma said...

My fav was Michael Jackson

guettel78 said...

In honor of his passing, I will say that Michael Jackson was definitely my favorite singer as a kid, and "Thriller" remains in my top 5 favorite albums of all time.


ktgonyea said...

Count me in for today - 6/26 :)

ktgonyea at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite musician is Kenny G, his music is so relaxing.
Maria U.

kathy pease said...

i love def leppard :)

kathy pease said...

following on twitter klp1965

calgirl said...

My fave band is the Traveling Wilburys because it had such great artists with differing backgrounds and voices.

purango said...

Bob Marley is my favorite. Veronica Garrett garrettsambo@aol.com

Gianna said...


lilyk said...

I love Erasure!


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