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Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE

Atlanta, Georgia, United States | INDIE
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"Blues goddess"

"Blues goddess Diane Durrett....
Who do you get when you mix Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner? A blond, bombshell
named Diane Durrett, that's who!" - Charlotte Blues Society


"Singer Songwriter Diane Durrett"

"Singer-songwriter Diane Durrett has the cheekiness to title one of her songs Blue Eyed Soul. But she earned the right.... - The Tennessean, Nashville


"Passion of soul music"

"If you can look past the pretty face, you'll catch the passion fo soul music, the pain of the blues, and the grit of R&B, rolled into one big blast of energy." - Brevis- Chattanooga, TN


"Donna Hopkins Band joins Diane Durrett Band"

MUSIC | www.sovo.com

Roots Rock
Diane Durrett and Donna Hopkins provide double the rock

By ROB BECK
Dec. 14, 2007

THERE’S NOTHING LIKE FRIENDS and family for the holidays, and that’s the spirit that local rockers Diane Durrett and Donna Hopkins aim to tap into for their Dec. 22 dual show at the Five Spot in Little Five Points.

The show features both women and their bands onstage at the same time, and Durrett — who has played with and opened for the likes of Sting, Tina Turner, Greg Allman and Faith Hill — says the show should be something to remember.

“Donna and I have been friends for a long time, and it’s just really cool when our bands are playing together at the same time,” she says. “It’s a really good, exciting time, kind of like a holiday spirit of friends and family getting together.”

Friends since the early '90s, Durrett and Hopkins have penned songs together on top of Durrett’s three solo discs and Hopkins two efforts with the Donna Hopkins Band.

DURRETT IS EXCITED TO SHARE the bill with Hopkins and their bands at the Five Spot gig, but she also eagerly anticipates two new releases set for the new year. One is a book, entitled “Driving Music City,” that she has been writing for five years about her experiences as a limousine driver in Nashville, due out in early 2008.

“It’s kind of a day in the life of driving famous people,” she says of her book detailing her former part time job carting around stars like Jimmy Buffett and Steven Tyler.

Durrett is also in the studio preparing her next album, as yet untitled. She taps some A-list talent, including Motown great Ike Stubblefield producing and legendary drummer Bernard Purdie.

“[Purdie’s] one of the most recorded drummers,” Durrett says. “He was the drummer on Aretha’s ‘Chain of Fools.' It’s been really exciting.”

Durrett describes the sound on her upcoming album as “soulful” and looks forward to the day when the fruits of her latest labors finally see the light of day.

“I'm just ready for everything to get out," she says. "It’s been a big creative process.”


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- Southern Voice Magazine


"Diane Durrett at Fuzzy's Place"

Diane Durrett at Fuzzy's Place

By Kim Frazier

Diane Durrett performed at Fuzzy's Place last Saturday night. Actually, performed doesn't come close to describing what this ensemble of highly skilled and passionate musicians - including Ike Stubblefield on keyboards - did for the audience.

What an incredible musical experience! I felt the spirit of the drums and bass before I even entered the room and would not have been able to leave if my life had depended on it. All five senses and a higher self were drawn to this sound, like a churchgoer drawn to the altar in search of salvation.

The joint was so crowded that I could barely see the band, which afforded me a generous serving of the distinct, genderless energy flowing throughout the room - heavy on the mojo and very yin yang.

Diane's performance exuded a beautiful synergy and sensuality. Her style will grab you by the balls and bring you to your knees, then come to the rescue with a whisper of comfort and eternal wisdom. If you think a little rock and blues can't do that for you, you haven't seen Diane's show.

Diane's vocal stylings have been compared to those of Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Joss Stone. That's accurate, but here's where the comparison ends: Whether performing an original, a classic blues song like "Rock Me Baby" or a Rolling Stones cover, she OWNS it! When she sang "You Can't Always Get What You Want," I mentally erased all traces of the original version.

Mick who?

Diane's energy is strong and pure, and she gives it up to her audience like a child handing you a gift from the heart. And her audience has no choice but to give it all back. The universal law of attraction is no secret to this band.

As for Ike Stubblefield, this man plays some righteous keyboards. What can I say? I could exhaust the dictionary using words like dreamy, sensual and powerful, but I'd still be searching for words unknown. One thing is certain - Ike Stubblefield "plays well with others." I was struck by his synchronicity with the bassist and lead guitarist.

The combination of keyboards, bass and lead guitar took me on a journey packed with more flavors than Baskin-Robbins. One minute I got a dark and creamy spoonful of The Doors, and the next a smooth and silky hint of Carly Simon. I instinctively closed my eyes to heighten my sense of taste. It was that good.

Lead guitarist Markham White was born to play guitar. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that, when he was old enough to reach for something, he skipped the Tinker Toys and went straight for the guitar. He can wrinkle the sheets in endless degrees of dirt and then clean it all up with lightning speed and amazing grace. That was the best live lead guitar I've heard to date.

Bass player Bill Burke carried a very skilled and strong, hypnotic beat. Wow! By the end of my first set with this band, the rhythm of my own heart had surrendered and adapted to the beat of this excellent bass player. The feeling was positively primal.

Drummer Melissa Massey wrapped up a very tight package with phenomenal power, precision, style and a sweet, paradoxical calmness. The beat was a perfect union of musician and instrument, which was visible in her face and motions, and felt in her presence. She brought impressive skill, honesty and a heavenly rhythm to one hell of a jam.

I bought Diane's 1998 CD "Rhythm of Life." That's exactly what you will find wherever she is playing.

Diane Durrett at Fuzzy's Place

By Kim Frazier

Diane Durrett performed at Fuzzy's Place last Saturday night. Actually, performed doesn't come close to describing what this ensemble of highly skilled and passionate musicians - including Ike Stubblefield on keyboards - did for the audience.

What an incredible musical experience! I felt the spirit of the drums and bass before I even entered the room and would not have been able to leave if my life had depended on it. All five senses and a higher self were drawn to this sound, like a churchgoer drawn to the altar in search of salvation.

The joint was so crowded that I could barely see the band, which afforded me a generous serving of the distinct, genderless energy flowing throughout the room - heavy on the mojo and very yin yang.

Diane's performance exuded a beautiful synergy and sensuality. Her style will grab you by the balls and bring you to your knees, then come to the rescue with a whisper of comfort and eternal wisdom. If you think a little rock and blues can't do that for you, you haven't seen Diane's show.

Diane's vocal stylings have been compared to those of Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Joss Stone. That's accurate, but here's where the comparison ends: Whether performing an original, a classic blues song like "Rock Me Baby" or a Rolling Stones cover, she OWNS it! When she sang "You Can't Always Get What You Want," I mentally erased all traces of the original version.

Mick who?

Diane's energy is strong and pure, and she gives it up to her audience like a child handing you a gift from the heart. And her audience has no choice but to give it all back. The universal law of attraction is no secret to this band.

As for Ike Stubblefield, this man plays some righteous keyboards. What can I say? I could exhaust the dictionary using words like dreamy, sensual and powerful, but I'd still be searching for words unknown. One thing is certain - Ike Stubblefield "plays well with others." I was struck by his synchronicity with the bassist and lead guitarist.

The combination of keyboards, bass and lead guitar took me on a journey packed with more flavors than Baskin-Robbins. One minute I got a dark and creamy spoonful of The Doors, and the next a smooth and silky hint of Carly Simon. I instinctively closed my eyes to heighten my sense of taste. It was that good.

Lead guitarist Markham White was born to play guitar. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that, when he was old enough to reach for something, he skipped the Tinker Toys and went straight for the guitar. He can wrinkle the sheets in endless degrees of dirt and then clean it all up with lightning speed and amazing grace. That was the best live lead guitar I've heard to date.

Bass player Bill Burke carried a very skilled and strong, hypnotic beat. Wow! By the end of my first set with this band, the rhythm of my own heart had surrendered and adapted to the beat of this excellent bass player. The feeling was positively primal.

Drummer Melissa Massey wrapped up a very tight package with phenomenal power, precision, style and a sweet, paradoxical calmness. The beat was a perfect union of musician and instrument, which was visible in her face and motions, and felt in her presence. She brought impressive skill, honesty and a heavenly rhythm to one hell of a jam.

I bought Diane's 1998 CD "Rhythm of Life." That's exactly what you will find wherever she is playing.

Diane Durrett at Fuzzy's Place

By Kim Frazier

Diane Durrett performed at Fuzzy's Place last Saturday night. Actually, performed doesn't come close to describing what this ensemble of highly skilled and passionate musicians - including Ike Stubblefield on keyboards - did for the audience.

What an incredible musical experience! I felt the spirit of the drums and bass before I even entered the room and would not have been able to leave if my life had depended on it. All five senses and a higher self were drawn to this sound, like a churchgoer drawn to the altar in search of salvation.

The joint was so crowded that I could barely see the band, which afforded me a generous serving of the distinct, genderless energy flowing throughout the room - heavy on the mojo and very yin yang.

Diane's performance exuded a beautiful synergy and sensuality. Her style will grab you by the balls and bring you to your knees, then come to the rescue with a whisper of comfort and eternal wisdom. If you think a little rock and blues can't do that for you, you haven't seen Diane's show.

Diane's vocal stylings have been compared to those of Melissa Etheridge, Janis Joplin and Joss Stone. That's accurate, but here's where the comparison ends: Whether performing an original, a classic blues song like "Rock Me Baby" or a Rolling Stones cover, she OWNS it! When she sang "You Can't Always Get What You Want," I mentally erased all traces of the original version.

Mick who?

Diane's energy is strong and pure, and she gives it up to her audience like a child handing you a gift from the heart. And her audience has no choice but to give it all back. The universal law of attraction is no secret to this band.

As for Ike Stubblefield, this man plays some righteous keyboards. What can I say? I could exhaust the dictionary using words like dreamy, sensual and powerful, but I'd still be searching for words unknown. One thing is certain - Ike Stubblefield "plays well with others." I was struck by his synchronicity with the bassist and lead guitarist.

The combination of keyboards, bass and lead guitar took me on a journey packed with more flavors than Baskin-Robbins. One minute I got a dark and creamy spoonful of The Doors, and the next a smooth and silky hint of Carly Simon. I instinctively closed my eyes to heighten my sense of taste. It was that good.

Lead guitarist Markham White was born to play guitar. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that, when he was old enough to reach for something, he skipped the Tinker Toys and went straight for the guitar. He can wrinkle the sheets in endless degrees of dirt and then clean it all up with lightning speed and amazing grace. That was the best live lead guitar I've heard to date.

Bass player Bill Burke carried a very skilled and strong, hypnotic beat. Wow! By the end of my first set with this band, the rhythm of my own heart had surrendered and adapted to the beat of this excellent bass player. The feeling was positively primal.

Drummer Melissa Massey wrapped up a very tight package with phenomenal power, precision, style and a sweet, paradoxical calmness. The beat was a perfect union of musician and instrument, which was visible in her face and motions, and felt in her presence. She brought impressive skill, honesty and a heavenly rhythm to one hell of a jam.

I bought Diane's 1998 CD "Rhythm of Life." That's exactly what you will find wherever she is playing.

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Discography

Diane Durrett Discography

CDs by Diane Durrett:

50, 000 Volts of Soul/Large Orange Records
Rhythm of Life/Glass House Records
CHILL
Blame It On My DNA

BOOKS by Diane Durrett:
Driving Music City

FILM
"Take Me As I Am"
Ready, Willing & Able

"Everybody Wins"
The Unseen

"Love Has A Right To Be Wrong"
"There Is A Light"
The Books of David

CORPORATE
"Whatever Makes Your Soul Sing"
American Cancer Society - DVD

"Fly From The Mountain"
Primerica Financial Services - annual theme song

OTHER ARTISTS

"Angel Evergreen"
Brian Ashley Jones

"Waiting At The Gate"
Jimbeau Hinson & Somerville Brothers

"U-Haul You Back"
"Everything Money Can’t Buy"
"Dirty Alabama Road"
"Thunderin’ In The Thickets"
Donna Hopkins Band

"Wings To Fly"
Red Warrior Records Compilation

"Visualize"
"Fly!"
"Women Be Wise"
"Out of the Box"
Jayne Olderman/Red Warrior Records

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Bio

“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform.

Durrett has long reflected the musical passions that inspired her when growing up in Atlanta, Georgia. From her energy-driven breakthrough debut “50,000 Volts of Soul” (1995) to her superbly executed “Rhythm of Life” (1998) to her acoustic release “Chill”(2005) to the 2009 release of "Blame It On My DNA." Durrett has continued her musical expedition towards defining her soulful voice and creating colorful songs.

"Blame It On My DNA" was produced Ike Stubblefield (Motown). An ALLSTAR cast of national and southeastern regional musicians join Diane on her new CD. Legendary drummer Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin), Yonico Scott (Derek Trucks Band), Dick Smith (Earth, Wind & Fire), and Mark Johnson (Delta Moon) are among the them.

Durrett has performed on stage with Sting, the Indigo Girls and former Sugarland member Kristen Hall.
She has opened for Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, Tina Turner, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks, and lit up Atlanta in a “Stormy Monday” duet with Gregg Allman.
Durrett spent five years earning her education on Nashville’s Music Row. During her stint at Polygram Publishing, Durrett learned the songwriting business from an inside perspective. She is president of The Durrett Publishing Company (BMI) now based in Atlanta, and songs in her catalog include co-writes with Bonnie Bramlett (Superstar), Jerry Ragovoy (Piece of My Heart) Kristen Hall (Baby Girl) , Indigo Girl's Emily Sailers (Gallileo) and Georgia Music Hall of Famer William Bell (Born Under A Bad Sign) . In 2008 The Durrett Publishing. Company released Diane's book, "Driving Music City." A collection of true stories and song lyrics primarily about her experiences as a limo driver in Nashville, Tennessee, while earning a place on Music Row as a singer/songwriter.

In 2006 her song "What If Everybody Wins" was selected for the film, "The Unseen" directed by Lisa France, broadcast on BRAVO and distributed by BLOCKBUSTER.
Durrett has received accolades in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany for her song “Take Me As I Am,” which is featured on the soundtrack of the film “Ready, Willing, and Able.”

In the corporate arena, she lent her vocal talents to a major ad campaign for Ford and co-wrote the annual theme song for Primerica with Jayne Olderman, and the Kroger Corporation selected their acclaimed song “Whatever Makes Your Soul Sing” for their 100th year celebration.

Durrett is a down-to-earth-diva. She sings from her soul, writes with heart & humor. Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event. She's pure entertainment!