Lady Dottie and the Diamonds

Lady Dottie and the Diamonds


3 time San Diego Music Award winners, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds are the regions premier blues act. It’s a boogie-woogie dance party that goes all night and boasts a soulful singer in her early 60s and a band consisting of the best 30 something musician's around.


Check out this EPK for interviews and live footage.
A staple in San Diego for more than a decade featuring some of the most talented musicians around (boasting current and former members of Jejune, Earthless, The Freeks, and more) Lady Dottie and the Diamonds are the regions premier blues act. It’s a boogie-woogie dance party that goes all night.

The band leader, Lady Dottie, is a soulful woman in her early 60s named Dorothy Mae Whitsett. Singing everywhere from the kitchen to the pulpit, she was raised in a family of 14 and performed in a gospel choir. “It was hard coming up, but I’m still here and feeling good, too” Whitsett admits. “Days of hunger made me stronger!” An Alabama-bred fireball, Dottie’s curvier than Lombard and got more gumption than a pack of wolves. She’s a tambourine-toting, hip gyrating powerhouse with a sultry voice that will leave you trembling.

“I feel privileged to turn a new generation onto the blues” Whitsett says. “We have to realize that people are meant to come together, and nothing does that like music.”

Without fail, Dottie and her Diamonds work audiences into a fevered frenzy. This band seems God-sent. Shine On You Crazy Diamonds!

(This text taken from a recent article in San Diego’s prestigious 944 Magazine. Written by Derek Shaw, it was so on the money we thought he should be the voice in this bio!)


Full lenth album out now on CD and LP(with digital download coupon) through Hi-Speed Soul Records (Nada Surf, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Sirhan Sirhan, Swervedriver, Jim Noir, etc.)

Set List

Lady Dottie and the Diamonds play both originals and covers. They can do a normal club set length of an hour or less or they can also play for 4 hours or more!

Track Listing for new album out 9/16/08

1- I Ain’t Mad At Ya
2- Come Along Together
3- Have Love, Will Travel
4- Fuel to Burn
5- Why I Sing The Blues
6- Walking the Dog
7- Livin’ It Up
8- Love Me Or Leave Me
9- Don’t You Just Know It
10- Crazy ‘Bout You Baby
11- Wang Dang Doodle
12- Movin’ On Up