Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Diana Rein digs deep with her latest offering, “Queen Of My Castle” released by Gulf Coast Records. Yes, this collection of kick-ass tracks hearkens back to Reins blues influences, like Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughn. But what brilliantly sets Queen of my Castle” apart is her ability to take that form and evolve it into a supremely fresh and relevant interpretation. Ms. Rein is a force to be reckoned with! It’s that little bit o’ mojo that makes it truly magical. Special artists that can take an older form of music and make it contemporary, while remaining authentic—that’s what influences are supposed to do. Rein’s unique vocal swagger is punctuated by shredding rhythms, gritty guitars and a locker full of solidly embedded, catchy hooks. It’s an introspective collection that creates a cathartic experience of self-examination. Building from her highly acclaimed debut album, “Long Road”, Diana has the guts and fervor of early blues songs’ rife with stories of regret and desperation. She’s grown into a powerhouse vocalist, stylistically contemporary and digs deep to harvest emotion. To me, her vocals and many of her songs are with replete and authenticity. As a singer, she’s firmly grounded in tradition, a big, powerful belter in the vein of Janis Joplin and Bonnie Raitt. Bluesy, pop-inflected, drawing from the deep well of R&B, indebted to folky, alternative indie and rocker – take your pick and you’ll be right every time because all are part of Diana Rein’s influences and style.
Her songwriting skills have been highlighted as they conjure up visual storytelling at its best.. Coming from a young women there are stories of heartache, loss, regret and of course… hope..
Special thanks to the great Doug Deutsch and Gulf Coast Records