A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Roberta B. Schwartz

Diane Zeigler has one of the clearest, most vividly gorgeous voices on the contemporary acoustic music scene. It has a beautiful, bell-like quality that rings through all of the songs she writes and sings. She writes about the landscape she knows best: love, friends, motherhood, family and the rural countryside where she lives. But don't be fooled - there is something special going on here.

Paintbrush is Zeigler's third recording. Her first recording, Sting Of The Honeybee, found on the Rounder/Philo label, was recorded in 1995. After a break of several years to raise a family, she made a wonderful self-recorded "comeback" CD - These Are The Roots. With Paintbrush, Zeigler makes a firm commitment to continuing her legacy of beautifully written tunes sung in that crystal clear voice.

Ride That Rail opens the recording. It's a rollicking, upbeat tune about a normally downbeat situation - a man who is deep in the bottle and battling his way back. Zeigler infuses the song with great hope and encouragement. She is ably supported by T-Bone Wolk on accordian, who provides a whole carnival's worth of sound, with husband Geoff Sather on bass, Carter Stowell on drums, and Gregory Douglass on backing vocals.

Indian Paintbrush is a lovely tune about how the natural world brings up thoughts of the one we love. It's brought to life by the inspired fiddle playing of Sarah Blair. This song was written by Zeigler's husband Geoff Sather.

A mother's love for her child is beautifully expressed in the ballad The Well. With Zeigler accompanying her pure vocal on guitar, it is simple and lovely. This is Zeigler at her best.

Zeigler closes the recording with the traditional tune, Wild Mountain Thyme, accompanying herself on guitar with Adam Frehm lending a hand on dobro. The song celebrates love in the natural world, which fits into the theme of the CD, and with the beauty and clarity of Zeigler's voice.

Paintbrush is a wonderful addition to Diane Zeigler's musical catalog. There's a song here for everyone who celebrates life and music created by one of New England's finest artists. And the sound of Zeigler's voice will linger long after the CD has ended. This is music to be played well into the summer night and beyond. It is something to be treasured.

Track List
Ride That Rail
Indian Paintbrush (Geoff Sather)
Gentle Soldier of My Soul (David Carter)
Prickly Pine
With My Eyes Closed
It Grew in Front of Me
Say it Isn't So
The Well
Wild Mountain Thyme (traditional; 3rd verse by Diane Zeigler)

All songs written by Diane Zeigler except where noted.

Edited by David N. Pyles

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society and Roberta B. Schwartz.
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