Rueben deGroot and Hot Diamonds
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Rueben deGroot and Hot Diamonds


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The best kept secret in music



“Sometimes he sounds a bit country, sometimes he mixes in some follk, other times the song becomes a pop ballad. His voice has the quality of an early James Taylor.”

Wayne Arthurson
Vue Magazine, Edmonton - Vue Magazine

"From Oz"

“With humor and grace, he uses his music to spin a delicate true line between things that once were and things that have never been. His chord progressions are familiar yet unique, as is his confidence with words; he has a way of saying things that makes you wish you’d said it first. The music takes listeners through life emotionally fraught terrain with an intimacy that only the broken-hearted can muster.”
Claire Bowditch artist, Melbourne Aus. - the web


2004 - with: Hot Diamonds
2000 - self titled 7 song EP


Feeling a bit camera shy


Rueben deGroot and his band: Hot Diamonds, are a group of Vancouver musicians from all corners of the local scene.  Rueben has been playing guitar since picking it up at college in Edmonton.  After being introduced to sixties and seventies pop music by his friends he set out to create his own.  "With: Hot Diamonds" is the album released this summer, a result of six years of songwriting and performing under various monikers and with a wide range of musicians both in Vancouver and in Alberta. 

Rueben is member of Vancouver's Alt-country outfit. The Seams. His solo work tends to stray from the country side of folk music, but the threads can still be seen. Steve matheson, the bass player in The Seams is featured heavily on the record and co-wrote many of the songs on "With: Hot Diamonds".

Rueben counts Steely Dan, James Taylor, CSN&Y, and more recent acts like Belle and Sebastien and Martin Sexton among his influences.  The songs are all very vocal oriented and offer glimpses into relationships and characters, often in the "third party" context. Rueben's voice always easily brings one directly into each of these stories and keeps them following along and through every word of it.

Rueben just completed a sixty date North American tour with fellow Vancouverite Happy Kreter.   Other Hot Diamonds include Steve Matheson of the Seams and formerly of WPP, Conrad Dykman, Jesse Gander of Black Rice, Asia Matthews and Marissa Johnson, also a member of The Seams.