Nevada County native Alela Diane celebrates the release of her new CD, “About Farewell,” with a very special homecoming concert Sept. 5 at the Center for the Arts.
Alela grew up singing with her musician parents and performing in the Nevada Union High School choir. Her first recordings were self-released in 2003 as Forest Parade. Her first solo public appearances were at the invitation of fellow Nevada City native Joanna Newsom. She also did a stint in the Nevada City slow grass band Black Bear before continuing with her solo pursuits.
Diane has toured the U.S. both solo and with Tom Brosseau and opened for Iron & Wine, Akron/Family, The Decemberists and Vashti Bunyan. She has toured extensively in Europe: U.K., Ireland, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
She sang on a 2008 album of cover songs, “The Silence of Love by Headless Heroes.”
Her second album, “To Be Still,” was released in February 2009. That same year, she toured the U.S. opening for Blitzen Trapper.
Her third album, “Alela Diane & Wild Divine,” was released in April 2011 and was recorded with a backing band, Wild Divine, which included guitarist Tom Menig and co-writer Tom Bevitori. She and Wild Divine toured the U.S. and Europe to promote the album and the same year, opened for the Fleet Foxes on a string of dates.
Alela’s new album, “About Farewell,” explores her recent divorce and an entire last decade of relationships with honesty and nuanced insight. Her first self-released recording in years, “About Farewell” was released on her own label, Rusted Blue Records, in France and Europe in June. Her U.S. tour includes three dates: San Francisco, Seattle and the Grass Valley show.
In her new songs, Alela’s voice takes center stage. The songs are somber and truthful, and glimmer with her signature poetry. The entirety of the album was built around her voice and simple guitar arrangements, a departure from the full band she has worked with in the past.
The record is a return to her roots as a songwriter. Hailing from Nevada City, the homespun charms of her origin place have never left her.
Local group Pagie Anderson and the Fearless Kin will open. The show starts at 8 p.m. Sept. 5. Tickets are $15 for members of the Center and $18 for non-members, For information, go to http://thecenterforthearts.org/.