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Madi Diaz Live at Acoustic Long Island

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Uploaded on Sep 7, 2007

http://video.acousticlongisland.com -- Raised in Pennsylvania Amish country by ultra-liberal parents (her father plays keyboards in a world-renown Zappa tribute band, and her mother sports a nose-ring), Diaz began writing songs at age 14, not long after the family left the Lancaster County countryside for Philadelphia. In the summer of 2005, Rock School, a documentary about the Paul Green School of Rock, opened nationwide. While the film exposed the school director's often bizarre teaching methods, it also showcased the talent of several promising young musicians, and featured Madi prominently. Skin and Bone, Madi's d├ębut solo album, is filled with songs rich in precocious wisdom, unassuming poetry, and melodic sophistication. Without paying direct homage to a particular time or place, the record evokes the locations of Diaz's youth: the wide-open spaces of the Amish countryside, the unsettling thrills and daunting possibilities of Philly's urban jungle -- and the longing and loneliness common to both. Diaz's powerful voice, both uniquely engaging and steeped in rock tradition, calls to mind such icons of Americana as Shawn Colvin, Sheryl Crow, and Patty Griffin. Madi Diaz has begun making her bones on the roots rock scene. More at www.myspace.com/madidiaz. VIDEO Podcast also available! video.acousticlongisland.com or iTunes. Produced by Dave & Rob Dircks.

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