Maggie Council

Maggie Council

 Tampa, Florida, USA

Organic, progressive, earthy, groove-driven, intelligent lyrics, outstanding musicianship. With influences from art rock to Chicago blues, Motown to mbaqanga, and funk to folk, Maggie Council's mostly-acoustic music is minimally processed. No click tracks, steroids or artificial flavors.


It's all about the groove. Maggie Council writes songs on guitar, bass, and piano. Sometimes in the studio she plays all the instruments on a given track.

Maggie has earned songwriting and performance awards from Creative Loafing, JAM magazine and others. In June, 2011, she won Motema Music's national contest with her song "Bingo Bus on the Trail of Tears" and performed her song with jazz vocalist Rene Marie and her band at Blues Alley in Washington, DC. Later that year, Rene invited Maggie to perform with her at the Straz Center in Tampa.

Since 1992, Maggie's played bills with a diverse array of pop, blues, folk and rock artists from Acoustic Alchemy and Joan Armatrading to Ronnie Milsap and Matt 'Guitar" Murphy to Michelle Shocked and Al Stewart to Townes van Zandt and Warren Zevon.

Not to mention Hot Tuna, Guy Clark, The Band, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, Robert Earl Keene, Jr. and Chris Smither.

Her original music has graced airwaves on four continents and American Indian Satellite Radio, WMNF (Tampa), KPFT (Houston), Whole Wheat Radio (Alaska), WLRN (Miami), WSLR (Sarasota), KBOO (Portland), charted on non-commercial radio stations in ten of fifteen U.S. test markets, and been downloaded in over 30 countries.

Maggie was the first American artist to be featured on FATEA's quarterly compilation CD, in 2009. FATEA is a 23-year-old UK magazine devoted to acoustic music.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Maggie studied History and developed a soft spot for Anthropology when she should have been studying music. She now makes her home with her husband and their kids in Florida, where there are palm trees in the backyard.


Nebraska Avenue

Written By: Maggie Council DiPietra

Nebraska Avenue

On our street smell like pee and perfume
On our street lots of one-hour rooms
You hear voices from the islands and the horns of Mexico
The crackers stand with crackheads in line at the Texaco
There seems to be room for all down on Nebraska Avenue

On our street we got historic bungalows
On our street we got pawn shops and hos
At the Pakistani drive-thru where we go for cigs and beer
You see the artists and the homeless and the yuppie pioneers
There seems to be room for all down on Nebraska Avenue

And the people go boing boing boing boing
Boing boing boing boing
At the breakbeat all-night Laundromat
Where the seven-foot transvestite sat
Waiting round for her next trick to show
Behind the funeral home
While she dries another load

On our street cars and buses, trucks and bikes
On our street every other dog bites
Bites. Bites. Bite this:

And the people go boing boing boing boing
Boing boing boing boing


Shaking the Hive - 1991 (CD)
Only Ones - 1997 (CD)
Not In The House - 2009 (CD)