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Take A Picture

by Diana & the Dishes

An exuberant, genre-melding debut album from Chicago singer/songwriter Diana Lawrence and her power-packing band. Rich, multi-layerd soundscapes, a fascinating voice, and smart songs that will (sorry) get stuck in your head. Whet your musical appetite.
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1. Train to Chicago
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2. You Said No
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3. Satellite
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4. Boy in the Thrift Store Sweater
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5. Mess Around (I Don't Wanna)
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6. If You're Not Mine
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7. Fast Food Prophet
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8. I Was Due
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9. Bea
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10. October 2008
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11. Autumn Song
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12. I'd Rather Be Lonely
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13. End of the Line
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Album Notes
Since forming in 2008 around pianist/singer/songwriter, Diana Lawrence, the Diana & the Dishes have been spicing up the Chicago music scene with their eclectic, sharp-as-a-knife shows at top-tear local venues including Subterranean and The Green Mill. While the band has become know for their fun-loving onstage vibe, they also consistently deliver a powerful, polished sound, and it’s no wonder… their pedigree is anything but amateur: Diana Lawrence is a member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and has toured Europe as a pianist/music director for The Second City. Guitarist Dave Saenger, a veteran of many Chicago rock and jazz projects, has also become a mainstay in Chicagoland theater pits. Bassist Dan Thatcher is a regular presence in the city’s jazz and avant scenes. Cellist David Keller has played for theaters companies such as Quest and Bailiwick and is also an active improvising musician and composer. Drummer Joe Chellman has played with jazz legend, Von Freeman, as well as the alt-folk band, Girlyman.

Producer Mike Przygoda (The Pawns, Rego, composer/music director for The Hypocrites and Strawdog Theatre) proved to be a perfect fit for this crowd’s first record, “Take A Picture”, adding lush orchestrations and a smart, quirky touch to the band’s existing arrangements. The album moves swiftly through many stylistic realms, all the while staying tightly tied together by sharp songwriting and the band’s core live sound. An exciting first release from an exciting new Chicago band.

“Diana Lawrence… has worked her way around the Chicago music scene… and she's got an eclectic style to show for it. Her songs mix flavors of jazz, blues, cabaret, folk, pop, and even her classical music roots. As comfortable jamming out on the piano as she is busting out her voice, Diana makes herself into a one-woman wall of sound.”
–Kat Fitzgerald, host of Four Women Only and the Windy City Open Mic

"Diana and The Dishes is a group that has found a legitimate way to straddle jazz and rock so effortlessly that genres rightfully cease importance.”
– Mike Przygoda, producer, “Take A Picture”



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I saw Diana perform for the first time at the Gallery Cabaret randomly a few years ago and I was immediately hooked.  You know those rare instances when someone starts playing on stage and you know instantly they are going to blow you away with talent?  Diana crafts a wide variety of catchy melodies and the band lays down tight grooves that appeal to any audience.  The instrumentation on each song is deliberate.  Some tunes are straight rock (piano/organ, bass, drums, guitar), but others paint beautiful colors with strings (love their regular cello player), brass, woodwinds (love the clarient and oboe) and percussion (e.g. vibraphone).  She has got some serious piano and vocal chops.  You should definitely pick up this album.  I've had it on repeat all day today and yesterday, and it gets better each time.


D&D making sounds I want to hear.
Ms. Lawrence is damn fine. The music reminds me of my favorites; like Warren Zevon, Fats Domino and Clarence "Frogman" Henry.