Enduring figures of women's music, together on stage
Deidre McCalla came of age in the fiery blaze of NYC's folk heyday - a time when Greenwich Village clubs were filled with the likes of Dylan, Baez, and Ochs; a time when Motown ruled the top of the charts and the streets of America screamed with anger and civil unrest. Her first album, "Fur Coats and Blue Jeans," was released when Deidre was 19 and a student at Vassar College. With a theater degree tucked under her belt and an acoustic guitar tossed in the back of a battered Buick station wagon, releasing three albums with the pioneering women's music label Olivia Records/ The Miami Herald affectionately dubs her a "dreadlocked troubadour," and she shared the stage with a long list of notables that includes Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, Holly Near, Odetta, Cris Williamson, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Deidre comes to Michigan with a new album, "Playing for Keeps."
Tennessee songwriter Dianne Davidson has been called "a belter of rare ability" by Cashbox. Born in West Tennessee, Dianne was a gifted and precocious child. Singing and writing songs before she formed her first band at age 11, she had, at 17, “an album instead of a diploma.” Her musical education was undertaken in such diverse settings as rowdy West Tennessee bars, California nightclubs, Greenwich Village listening rooms and major concert halls. Her musical history includes five albums, three singles, and a list of performing credits that vary from Linda Ronstadt to B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett to Tammy Wynette, Barry Manilow to Leon Russell. Dianne has taken a hiatus from the rigors of touring to spend time with her son. Now every show is a special appearance!