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Open Road

by Diane Patterson

Guitar- and ukulele-driven songs with compelling voice and lyrics tell stories of how we rise, how we heal in diversity, praise the beauty and grieve the losses; with Ani DiFranco's tasty and rockin' rhythm section, Terrence Higgins and Todd Sickafoose.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rogue River Highway
3:34 $0.99
2. Spliff Song
4:09 $0.99
3. If There Are Words
3:33 $0.99
4. Full Moon
5:05 $0.99
5. Baby Loves Love
3:26 $0.99
6. Raven
3:56 $0.99
7. Eagle Feather
5:25 $0.99
8. Open Road
3:50 $0.99
9. Shape of Your Sorrow
4:26 $0.99
10. Come on Rain
6:23 $0.99
11. Resolved
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Diane’s guitar and ukulele drive the songs and her lyrics tell stories of how we rise, how we heal in diversity, how we praise the beauty and grieve the losses. There is a spirit search, an integrity and a longing in the words. And as well there are some exciting supporting musicians recorded here; Ani DiFranco plays on Come on Rain and sings on Shape of Your Sorrow! Ani’s drummer and bass player, Terrence Higgins and Todd Sickafoose, appear on most tracks, and supah lady drummer Janelle Burdell plays for Come on Rain. Producer Mike “Nappy” Napolitano perfectly honors this Folkgoddess’s sound between solo acoustic, acappella, and full acoustic band mixes. The fabulous and accomplished singer-songwriter Alice DiMicele performs backing vocals on tracks 2, 3, 6, 7, & 10. Great West Coast festival-star guitarist Al Torre plays on Eagle Feather, Raven and Open Road. Max Ribner, horn man for Nakho and Medicine for the People, plays in the horn section on Baby Loves Love.
This is Diane’s wise womyn album. She’s making it at the ripe age of nifty fifty and including a couple of songs 15 years or so in the repertoire.

Open Road refers not so much to a musician’s tour schedule, but rather to antique peoples who lived nomadically, with animals, moving with the seasons, with music, rich artistry, and magic. The opening song, Rogue River Highway calls out to honor the refugees with a healing spell in which the highway along our Southern Oregon Rogue River becomes a band of light around the globe, leading and protecting the people on their ways to new homes. The album began when Diane and her partner Sheba visited Ani and her husband Nappy and their kids in their New Orleans home. We decided to get in the studio and record something. They picked Come on Rain and soon Ani was picking up the resonator guitar and figuring out a nice part that solidifies and threads through the whole mighty rain song. So exciting, and so good. From there Diane asked if they had time in the studio to make a whole record, and Nappy had space to take on a new artist. And here we are.



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