Alela Diane – The Pirate’s Gospel

by oz on April 9, 2007

Alela Diane

Back in December, I wrote a post called Karen Dalton, Where have you been all my life? Unfortunately, Karen is dead so we won’t be hearing any new material from her. Today, however, I was listening to XM Radio and heard Alela Diane singing the title track from her debut album, “The Pirate’s Gospel.” I honestly thought I was listening to Karen Dalton for a split second.

The Pirate’s Gospel sounds like a precious artifact from the past, which is fitting since it was recorded in her hometown of Nevada City, a town best known for it’s place in the California Gold Rush. Like Karen Dalton, Alela’s voice is haunting and every verse has been crafted with care. She’s a soulful, folk-poet that only needs the accompaniment of a guitar to captivate you. Oh, and she’s only in her early twenties.

I think that somewhere, Karen Dalton is looking down and smiling. It looks like Alela Diane is in London now, but will be back around Northern California in May. I plan to catch her at The Mission Creek Music Festival. You can find her album now in iTunes.
Alela Diane – The Pirate’s Gospel (from Undomondo)

Alela Diane – The Rifle

And here’s that Karen Dalton track that I stumbled upon last winter, “Katie Cruel.”

Karen Dalton – Katie Cruel

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Salty June 25, 2007 at 7:20 pm

This song is is golden…how can anyone compete with a yo ho? Great lyrics and beautiful melody. any pirate would be pleased in a melancholy sort of way. yarrrrgh!

Brennan Novak July 27, 2007 at 10:31 am

I though exactly the same thing, although I discovered Alea Diane about a year before I had heard of Karen Dalton. Alea is now based out of Portland OR where I’ve seen her play a few times… she’s awesome. Another thing to note is that they are both native american. Cheers, B

Rod November 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I just heard her singing today for the first time, I thought of Karen Dalton inmediately, she has the same kind of voice and the singing styles are very close

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