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Web-Only Outtake: Alela Diane Performs 'Every Path'

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Alela Diane: Campfire Gospel

Alela Diane: Campfire Gospel

Web-Only Outtake: Alela Diane Performs 'Every Path'

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Set List

"Dry Grass & Shadows"

"White As Diamonds"

"To Be Still"

Alela Diane in Studio on World Cafe 4/7/09

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Alela Diane

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With a gentle acoustic style and evocative lyrics, up-and-coming folksinger Alela Diane has developed a devoted following. The Nevada City native was raised on music; her parents frequently held sing-alongs around the dinner table. After wandering in Europe, waitressing tables and finishing a degree, Diane self-released The Pirate's Gospel. Since that time, she's been touring in Europe, performing with The Decemberists, Akron/Family and Vashti Bunyan.

Diane's latest album, To Be Still, blends Americana and psychedelic folk with finger-picked guitar and clear, evocative vocals. Diane's music has been called "campfire gospel" for its hushed meditation on the surrounding world. Her lyrics paint pictures of nature with a rural feel, as Diane draws inevitable comparisons to Joanna Newsom and Gillian Welch.

In a session with host David Dye, Diane discusses how her music reflects her family's background, as well as her surprising popularity in France.

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To Be Still
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Alela Diane
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Released
2009

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