Bible Belt

Bible Belt

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by Diane Birch
Diane Birch's much-lauded debut record hits stores across the country today. Written entirely by Diane and expertly produced by Grammy winners Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini - working together as a team for the first time since the first two critically acclaimed Joss Stone albums - 'Bible Belt' was recorded in New York and New Orleans


Diane Birch's much-lauded debut record hits stores across the country today. Written entirely by Diane and expertly produced by Grammy winners Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini - working together as a team for the first time since the first two critically acclaimed Joss Stone albums - 'Bible Belt' was recorded in New York and New Orleans with an impressive group of accomplished musicians, all of whom were so dazzled by Diane's songwriting that they agreed to come together as her band for the recording: Lenny Kaye (of The Patti Smith Group), Adam Blackstone from The Roots, George Porter of The Meters, acclaimed drummers Stanton Moore of Galactic and Cindy Blackman, saxophonist Lenny Pickett, and trombonist Tom 'Bones' Malone. And while Diane sings most of the album's background vocals herself, both Betty Wright and legendary Jive Five lead singer Eugene Pitt join in on occasion to lend their vocal magic.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching, and with help from Joss Stone's producers and top-shelf players, she nails some vintage sounds.1/2

Product Details

Release Date:
S-Curve Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Diane Birch   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Bells,Hand Clapping,farfisa organ,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping,Wurlitzer
Betty Wright   Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Flugelhorn
Cindy Blackman   Drums
Jim Hines   Trumpet
Joel Katz   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Lenny Kaye   Electric Guitar
Jeanne LeBlanc   Cello
Frank London   Trumpet
Lou Marini   Saxophone
John McCurry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Angelo Morris   Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Suzanne Ornstein   Violin
Sandra Park   Violin
Lenny Pickett   Saxophone
George Porter   Bass
Shannon Powell   Tambourine
Erik Ralske   Horn
Mary Wooten   Cello
Sophie Shao   Cello
Eugene Pitt   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Stanton Moore   Percussion,Drums
Eileen Moon   Cello
Raymond Angry   Hammond Organ
Fionn Ó Lochlainn   Electric Guitar
Daniel Panner   Viola
Phil Myers   Horn
Lisa Kim   Violin
Jenny Strenger   Violin
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Jung Sun Yoo   Violin
Liza Lim   Violin
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Adam Blackstone   Bass
Shan Jiang   Violin
David Creswell   Viola
Minyoung Chang   Violin
Desiree Elsevier   Viola
Karen Marx   Violin
Michael Longoria   Vocals
Bobby Jay and the Hawks   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sarah OBoyle   Violin
Eugene Briskin   Cello
Steve Greenberg   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Tomas K. Carney   Violin
Eva Burmeister   Violin
Kuan Cheng Lu   Violin
Wei Hong Yu   Cello
Cole Williams   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sumyia Dabney   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Sumire Kudo   Cello
Jose Moro   Vocals,Hand Clapping
Annaliesa Place   Violin
Arnaud Sussmann   Violin
Michael Roth   Viola

Technical Credits

Betty Wright   Producer
Tom "Bones" Malone   Horn Arrangements
Mike Mangini   Producer
Alicia Svigals   String Arrangements
David Gorman   Packaging
Howie Beno   Engineer
Steve Greenwell   Engineer
John R. Angier   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Sheldon Steiger   Engineer
Maxim Moston   String Arrangements
Diane Birch   Composer
Steve Greenberg   Producer,Executive Producer

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Bible Belt 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
misty2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this CD. I found it relaxing and very soothing. I could listen to it over and over.
theresamoe More than 1 year ago
If you like the beautiful vocals of Norah Jones, Ella Fitgerald, and even the rock style tone of Stevie Nicks then I highly recommend Diane Birch's Bible Belt! Her music is easy to listen to and has a wonderful bluesy quality. She definitely has the voice of an angel that I could listen to over and over again. The title of her one song, "Nothing but a Miracle," sums up the whole CD, her style and vocals are a miracle worth listening to.
Ellybean More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed listening to her music. Diane's voice is quite bluesy with a kick of jazz. I found her music also very similar to the uplifting revival music I grew up with in church as a child. Overall I enjoyed listening to her songs which were all written by her in entirety. I completely respect and think highly of musicians that write their music! Diana kept it real by sharing songs with her listeners that we can all can relate too. There were songs of heartache, love, loss, and the perseverance to keep on going. If you are looking for a new artist with a sound of their own, do check out Diana's Birch cd Bible Belt.
KathyW24 More than 1 year ago
The CD title doesn't describe the genre of this music. I did hear some gospel reflected in the instrumental however the lyrics are easy listening pop with a little country in some songs. Diane has a bit of a country twang but the sound is reminiscent of Carol King and the 1970s easy listening folksy sound. I found the music easy to listen to while driving and doing housework. It is a good background music for reading once you get past the first couple songs. Fire Escape the first song really caught my attention and I found myself humming it long after listening to the CD. However after the first three tunes my attention drifted. The music is pleasant enough however I wasn't enthralled after the 3rd song. All original songs I believe.
aloc More than 1 year ago
Diane sounds like a mix of Stevie Nicks and Linda Ronstadt! Her music is classic and reminds me of a simpler time. It's like I've heard her music before, so it makes me like it even more. Most songs on the album are terrific. One of the few albums where I would buy the entire thing. She will be a big hit!
Lynne_Bradley More than 1 year ago
It's a fun new album. Jazzy style music similar to other artists like old Steve Nicks, Norah Jones, and even Amy Winehouse. Fire Escape is a great song as well as Valentino. Heck the whole album is good. You'll want to listen to it often. Enjoy this new artist. She's fun and the music is great!
BlessedMommy More than 1 year ago
When I opened this album I was not sure what to expect. I can honestly say I am a huge fan now! I love the soulful music and her voice. All of the songs are catchy and I find myself singing them throughout the day...without the music even on! LOL It is easy listening and very peaceful music. A wonderful way to start, I hope there are many more CD's to come!
mommysreview More than 1 year ago
I agree Diane Birch does have a little Norah Jones in her voice and music, but it also has a little country along with some gospel. I enjoyed this CD very much although most of the songs did start to sound alike. I will listen to this Cd over and over and I can't wait to see what's next for her. She can only move forward with her voice and music abilities.
jean242 More than 1 year ago
I just love this CD. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by the way the songs each have a different sound to them. Folk, blues, gospel. Diane Birch's voice is just amazing. Great CD to unwind
KimB32 More than 1 year ago
I love music, I love alto vocalists (cause then I can sing with them!), I love Diane Birch. Her voice is so smoky and sultry. She is original, funky and just plain amazing. She reminds me of Norah Jones, Joss Stone and Carole King with a lot of her own originality included. You will not be disappointed in this amazing album that she has written.
ss4000IL More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I had never heard of Diane Birch until listening to this CD. I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. As I listened to Fire Escape, the first song on the CD, I was reminded a bit of Carly Simon's No Secrets album from 1972. Ms. Birch is hard to categorize. Her music is a bit pop, blues, jazz all mixed together with a touch of country funk thrown in. Her music is obviously written from the heart, and her voice has a clear lilt that is quite enjoyable. The first time I played the CD, I was mostly interested in hearing this new artist. By the time I played it the second time, I was singing along and really enjoying the diverse mix of songs. My favorite song is Don't Wait Up. I think Diane Birch has a long future ahead of her, she is unique and very talented.
SageandSavvyMom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the songs on Bible Belt, many of which have obvious gospel, jazz, blues, and soul influences, which is evident on such tracks as Fire Escape and Rise Up. I found myself constantly singing along to Nothing But a Miracle, grooving along to the mellow beat of Mirror Mirror, and crooning to Photograph, a bittersweet ballad. My favorite track is Valentino, a fun, upbeat, and whimsical song. Many of Birch's songs are reminiscent of tunes of the 70s, and her raspy, powerful voice is simply beautiful, reminding me of other female vocal superstars such as Joss Stone and Norah Jones. Bible Belt is a fantastic debut CD that showcases Birch's vocal and song-writing talent, featuring many songs that you'll never tire of.
trista17pluto70 More than 1 year ago
Diane Birch has a voice as smooth as chocolate. No two songs on this album are alike. There is the rebellious "Don't Wait Up", the melancholy "Rewind", the introspective "Mirror, Mirror", "Valentino" will have you bouncing in your seat and my absolute favorite "Choo Choo". Diane Birch's album is something new pop, blues and gospel, sung with the evocative power of one twice her age. She is one to look out for. Thanks to O2O Network for the chance to hear this great album.
animalgal More than 1 year ago
This is her first CD but you cannot tell. To me, she sounds like an old favorite! Diane wrote the music herself, and she writes like a pro. The music is very relatable and some of the songs are haunting. Her music stays with you for a long time, but in a good way! There are several ways to describe her music-smooth, soulful, easy listening, raw, stripped, earthy, simple, and unique. You can really feel her energy, and feel what she was thinking when she wrote her lyrics. Among other things, this CD would be perfect for a day at the beach with a good book. My favorite song is Ariel-it just stays with me! Her sound is similar to Carly Simon, but a modern version. I foresee a long and successful music career for Diane!
girlsrus More than 1 year ago
Diane Birch sounds like an old favorite, with all the sparkle and magic of a breakthrough talent. People says she sounds like a combination of early Carole King, Linda Ronstadt and Stevie Nicks, with a little Joss Stone and Cat Power mixed in. Bible Belt is only her first record, but it's one of the most accomplished albums you'll hear all year. From the opening track "Fire Escape" to the closing "Magic View," Diane's stunning voice is mesmerizing. Written entirely by Diane, Bible Belt was recorded in New York City and New Orleans with an impressive team of Grammy-winning producers: S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Mike Mangini, in their first project together since producing Joss Stone's first albums.
LegalBeagle More than 1 year ago
Recently, I discovered Diane Birch via her new CD Bible Belt. I found her style to be a mix of Carly Simon/Carole King/Norah Jones. She has very mellow and relaxing sound. It's a great CD to pop in when you come home from work and drink a glass of wine. I'm glad it is in my collection.
DebraBoston More than 1 year ago
I listen to a lot of music, but, it is rare for me to find someone who is truly a rare bird. Diane Birch is that fresh new voice whose debut album "Bible Belt" just came out this month. Diane is in her mid-twenties, but she truly sounds like an old soul. As I listened to her cd, so many of my favorite women singers came to mind: The Indigo Girls, The Dixie Chicks, Aretha Franklin, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Adele, Laura Nyro, Ricki Lee Jones, even Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday. I truly questioned how someone could remind me of all these stellar women and yet be completely her own person, yet that is the paradox and the joy of Diane Birch. Diane's music has an eclectic feel and seems to encompass all sides of her personality and musical loves. Her life has covered a lot of ground thus far as well. She was born in Michigan, but spent her childhood traveling between Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia before her family settled in Oregon. Her father was a preacher, and, in some ways, Diane rebelled against the constraints that this placed on her. And, yet, what's fascinating is that after all that rebellion, a lot of her early influences are part of her music now as she is inspired by church hymns and sings about angels, heaven and forgiveness. Now, imagine taking blues, classic rock, du wop, and combining them with jazz and gospel and you'll have a hint of what Diane's music is about. She's also a brilliant piano player. The cd opens with one of my favorites, "Fire Escape". It's a soulful sultry song about love and loss. Diane's music is the type that slowly saunters in wearing an unlikely hat. It beckons to you, seduces you, slowly charms you and soon you find yourself dancing in a familiar dream. Her music speaks of heartbreak, of finding oneself, of life's experiences - but even through the tears, it soars. Her music does not drag, but instead finds wings, upbeat grooves to carry it. Another favorite, "Rise Up" is inspiring. I have gotten so tired of people trying to be trendy, of musical fads that come and go, of formulaic overproduced pop. And, for me, Diane Birch is the antidote. She writes all of her own songs and is a gifted musician in the true sense of the word. She is fresh and new, yet her music hearkens back to the 60's and 70's. In short, her music is timeless, which to me, is the very best thing to be. I can't really give it enough stars, but, I can say, give it a listen. I really think you'll love it. Another favorite of mine is "Rewind", about how you wish you could just go back and press start again, but, you know you can't. "Valentino" has rhythms which, for me, are reminiscent of "Iko Iko", a popular New Orleans folk tune, covered by the Dixie Cups. Honestly, there is not a song on this cd I don't like. "Bible Belt" was recorded in NYC and New Orleans with the same producers who collaborated on Joss Stone's first albums. Diane is working with the best and it shows. Diane Birch's voice is heartfelt, full of soul, and completely fearless - powerful, yet nuanced. Her music is that of a true artist who needs to create to fulfill their vision and their passion. Sometimes you have to "sing the blues" - and sometimes the blues just have to sing, dance, and soar beyond the sky. This is the magic of Diane Birch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great CD, she is soulful and gives off an intense blues sound. The music sounds and feels like New Orleans. My favorite cuts are Fools and Choo Choo.
SaphireEyes More than 1 year ago
I had never heard this artist before listening to this cd. I was pleasantly surprised. This album is a soulful, fresh sound great for all ages. I find it to be a mixture of Dianna Krall and Patsy Cline The lyrics are very meaningful and will touch your heart as they potently relate to true life experiences we have felt or been through at some pint in our lives.
SW_Sounds More than 1 year ago
I had this CD for a few days before I popped it into my car on a long drive, and couldn't believe I had waited so long. There's something about a singer-songwriter album that gets me every time and Diane Birch's Bible Belt is no exception. Her soulful melodies and raw but refined voice are a powerful combination. I can imagine it as the background for a mellow cocktail party where everyone would be taken with the cool sounds. I love discovering new artists when they're on the upswing, and I am confident Diane Birch has a long career ahead of her.
Petula More than 1 year ago
I usually don't branch out too much from my usual music (R&B, jazz, a little hip hop, reggae), but I took the time to listen to Bible Belt by Diane Birch and I was really impressed. She has a familiar yet new sound that's comforting, soulful and a delight to listen to.
Blessedwithgrace More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this CD. The above bio describes her sound as a mix of various artists. When I heard her, I thought Carole King and Nora Jones. She definitely has the jazzy sound of Joss Stone, as well. This is music I like. Had I not been given this CD for review, I could see myself purchasing it, for my own personal collection. There is an easiness to the music. From slow mixes to uptempo tunes, you will want sit and listen to the CD in it's entirety
Lacibird More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most unique CDs that I have listened to in a long time. Her voice and sound remind me so much of Carol King. I love the soulful and bluesy sound of this album.
Smiles11 More than 1 year ago
Diane Birch has a wonderful and fresh sound. She is an absolute joy to listen to, especially if you want to relax. Her voice is so elegant. Her new CD Bible Belt really moves me and I love it during the drive home after a busy day. Pick it up if you can, you won't be disappointed. She is very talented and I think you will be pleased. "Valentino" and "Fire Escape" are my two favorite songs on this album. Five stars to this talented newcomer!
rugame2 More than 1 year ago
Diane Birch's, Bible Belt puts you in a bluesy mood with her soulful singing, and smoky room filled piano playing. You have to listen to "Rewind", which is a thought provoking song. It makes you wonder if the circumstances were different, would you have made the same decisions? So many people have felt this way, but she articulates it perfectly in a thought provoking manner. The rest of her cd is similar, in the fact that it makes you really think about your life and how you live it. The anthem, Little Sister should be included in every teenagers cd collection.