Here I Am
On this, her first full-length CD project, Ms. Diane Blue belts out a funky soul tune, then she'll sing a sweet ballad, just before she blows you away on the blues harp. Ms. Diane Blue is soulful and sassy. On "Here I am", Ms. Blue presents a collection of jazzy, bluesy, funky, groovy cover songs and three of her own original songs. With the finest professional musicians in the NorthEast, the performance of this collection of songs is top-notch. Marty Ballou on bass, Vinny Pagano on drums, Sax Gordon Beadle, Mike Duke and Chris Stovall Brown on guitar, Steve Burke on keyboard and organ, Johnny Juxo and Mark Taber on piano. Ms. Blue's performance is reminiscent of her influences: Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Janis Joplin. She has shared the stage with Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, Sherman Robertson, and members of Roomful of Blues and Dave Howard & the High Rollers, to name a few. "When she gets her harp & mic going, the language is hard hitting blues. Strong, confident and tasteful" says Domenic Forcella of Blues Beat.