Dianne Davidson has never known how to classify her music so she once jokingly told a writer it was “field and stream.” She’s living in Nashville again and is excited to play at Douglas Corner Café, 2106 8th Ave South, on Friday, July 28, 9 pm, with her friends Leigh Maples, Nancy Gardner, and John Simpson. Buy tickets in advance: Tickets. Tickets will also be on sale at the door but you may be disappointed if you wait because her shows often sell out.
Nashville is one of those cities with a great musician on every corner so if you don’t know Dianne’s music, you may be scratching your head right now. She’s no hopeful starry-eyed twenty-year-old who just moved here to pursue her dream of hobnobbing with country music elite. Dianne is a born and bred Tennessee baby who’s released seven albums and worked with people like Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, BB King, and Leon Russell. Her bluesy raise-the-rafters voice wraps itself around original ballads emotional enough to make you cry in your beer and with between songs patter so funny you’ll spit out that said beer. She’s also great at choosing songs by others including Karla Bonoff and John Drummond, all well-crafted songs sung from the heart.
Getting a recording contract instead of a high school diploma, she played her unique brand of country, rock, folk, and blues through the nineties, performing at venues as diverse as West Tennessee bars, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Carnegie Hall. Later she took time off to raise her son. She lived in New York state for a few years but it never felt like home. Moving to North Carolina in 2014 made it better and though she found good soul food and friendly people, it still wasn’t home. She finally made it back in 2016, settling into that warm place that could only be home, with warm temperatures, great music, and good friends including her crack shot band, including long-time bassist, Leigh Maples, recent addition rock-solid Nancy Gardner on drums, and newest addition, John Simpson on electric and acoustic guitars. She’ll be performing older favorite songs like "Built for Comfort," and "Tonight, I'll Dream That You Care," as well as newer tunes she hasn't yet recorded.
Come to the show and be sure to order extra beer. It’s not that we want you to get drunk, but with all that crying and laughing, you’ll need plenty.