Diana Rein review…June 15, 2019…..

DIANA REIN

QUEEN OF MY CASTLE

GULF COAST RECORDS

YES I SING THE BLUES–WORTH–WALKING ALONG–THE MIDNIGHT LINE–TIME’S TICKING AWAY–QUEEN OF MY CASTLE–PURE SOUL–ONE FOOT IN–MY LOVE–IT’S YOU–IN THE CHILL OF THE NIGHT–I CAN’T QUIT YOU–GET DOWN–HEAT–ZOE

Diana Rein has been into the blues since the age of eight, when her folks took her to a Chicago blues club and arranged for her to sing on stage!  She’s never looked back, moving to Southern California to pursue her life’s passion.  Her latest is entitled “Queen Of My Castle,” recorded for Mike Zito’s Gulf Coast label, and produced by her long-time friend, Walter Trout’s drummer, Michael Leasure.  Clocking in at a robust fifteen cuts, Diana tackles life, love, wins, losses, and everything in between, and offers up some sweet tributes to one of her true guitar heroes, SRV.

She opens with the autobiographical “Yes I Sing The Blues,” a shufflin’ groove that defines who she is, “the feeling you give me, that I give right back to you!”  “Worth” is her anthem of empowerment, standing her ground in a “big man’s world,” refusing to believe those who say she doesn’t belong.  “The Midnight Line” follows two lovers and their torrid affair on a train, while the title cut is a drivin’ boogie that finds our heroine telling a lover, “you ain’t got the magic touch,” and she’s the “Queen Of My Castle, and you’ll never be king!”

We had two favorites.  Set over a rhumba beat, Diana pours her heart out to everyone’s hero, Stevie Ray Vaughan, in a poignant “love letter” format  “Pure Soul”.  She closes the set with a brilliant instrumental tribute to a lost loved one, perhaps destined to become her own personal “Little Wing,” “Zoe.”

Diana Rein is a hard-working woman of the blues who stands strong behind her own convictions.  A powerful singer, composer, and guitarist, please enjoy “Queen Of My Castle.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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