|What People Are Saying About Diamond Dust
"If you are going to listen to the CD Diamond Dust be sure you can't do anything else for about 40
minutes. Each story holds you in a grip you can't escape. I have decided to make Diamond Dust the
CD of the month." George Backer...Country Special
Four star CD review. "What a great album this is. Claude Diamond writes dramatic stories, but keeps
them always funny in a very original way. Hope is always around the edge. Very soon this Diamond is
bigger in Europe than in America." Bart Ebisch
Diamond Dust was selected by WWW.ALTCOUNTRY.NL as a top album for the year 2004
Claude's song "Half My Doublewide" won first place in the country category of the Dallas Songwriters
Associations 2003 songwriting contest. His song "Edge of the World" won the winter 2004 lyric writing
competition. Both songs are on Diamond Dust.
Four star CD review. "This album is a real country gem. A true original country classic."
"So you retire and start a new career? You do if you're Claude...The amazing thing is that this is really
good! Who knew?"
Five star CD review. "This album is as young and as cool as roots country gets...Claude's songwriting is
exciting and his storytelling is unique. Some songwriters just have an inner gift for writing interesting
songs and Claude has this gift for sure."
"Claude Diamond is the American surprise of the year."
"Real songs people can relate to sung by someone who wrote and understands the life's lessons he sings
Mr. Wonderful...WJJC Music Director and Host of Americana 441
"Half My Doublewide" made me laugh and "The Phone Call" touched my heart...That's what makes
good country music...Song that makes you laugh and makes you cry.
Angie Gary...Editor, The Jackson Herald
"Thank you for your more than beautiful release...I will give it regular airplay because you are damn
good." Raymond...Radio Alt...Roots Revival"
Diamond Dust has met the criteria for soundtrack material with
Diamond Dust has made the recommended list for American Music 2004.
"Claude is without a doubt country to the bone and the stylistic diversity he uses to frame his first-rate
songwriting insures there's never a dull moment from start to finish. Claude Diamond is one of those
hidden treasures most assuredly worth seeking out and Diamond Dust is a true gem."
|What People Are Saying About Highway of Life
|"Highway of Life consists of 11 of the finest country music songs I've come across for some time. Hard
country with traces of Cajun, bluegrass adn rockabilly..."
DAVID ALLEN - COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Four Star Review: "I had already decided to love Claude Diamond when I read that he released his debut
CD at the age of 65. I know that's biased, but my instincts were proven right. Gentle Western songs
proving that you're never too old to make worthwhile music."
MAVERICK MAGAZINE (UK)
"The stories and voice are lived in, real, Diamond's own. And dammit, that's why we still turn our head
when classic old cars drive by..."
Four Star CD Review. "Country music needs more Claude Diamond..."
"Once again Claude Diamond delivers another outstanding earthy, diverse set that skillfully mixes his
country, bluegrass, Cajun, rockabilly and blues influences with smartly written lyrics filled with laughter
and tears, wisdom and wit"
“You just have to be impressed with Claude Diamond...The 67 year-old retiree has found his second
calling: Country Music…Lo and behold, the ol' duffer's got the goods. With a warm delivery that's
somewhere between John Prine and Townes Van Zandt,”
“His first release got a lot of attention and this one should too. His voice is weathered, but not phony. If
mainstream country radio sounded as good as this, there would be no alt.country.”
STEVE HUG - WWW.AMERICANA ROOTS. COM
7 out of 10 Review. "It may not be too late for Claude Diamond to make his mark on the country music
scene. Many people with much less talent have already done so!"
“Reminds of John Prine’s style…easy going songs…nice melodies.”
STEVE - YESTERDAY AND TODAY RECORDS -AUSTRALIA
“Many times an artist has one album in them…Once the second album comes along they have said all
they have to say…That is not Claude Diamond. Highway of Life proves this fact with each song.”
MR. WONDERFUL, WJJC
"Completely pleasing CD..."