|The picture above was taken at Burgerweeshuis in Deventer, Netherlands. It was one of
four public performances Claude gave in Europe in May, 2007.
More images and videos:
Video of Claude performing at the party in Panningen, Netherlands
Claude at Triple R Blues Radio in Panningen
Rounder Europe has released a compilation
CD of Claude's albums, Highway of Life and
Four Star Review:
"Well, here's a trend bucker. Claude Diamond
was 65 when he cut his first album...Now
Rounder has reissued it and his follow-up on
this 2on1, and boy am I glad they did...a
lifetime of observation has gone into...this
album by the best 'new' singer I've heard in
years." Douglas McPherson,
Country Music People
|In 2004, at the age of 65, singer/songwriter Claude Diamond released his debut album Diamond
Dust on the Vettset label. Now he has released his second album, Highway of Life. The new
album includes eleven original Americana/Roots songs that are a diverse mix of musical styles
including bluegrass, Cajun, blues and country. In the manner of Billy Joe Shaver and John
Prine, he writes and sings about the realities of life using both humor and sadness to tell his
unique stories. Claude writes and performs music you wish you could hear on mainstream radio
- but can't. If you are looking for some great original stories written in a fresh style, you will
love this album! Some are funny, some are sad and all are a pleasure to hear. Once you start
listening, you will keep riding until the highway ends.
|When Claude started college, he met John
Whitt and Dewey Kilgore and formed a band
called The Ones. They played a variety of
venues from honky tonks to churches.
|John Whitt, on the right, and Claude
looking tough at college.
|The Ones on stage in the
fifties. Dewey is out front,
Whitt is on drums and Claude
is in the back dressed as a
Cuban Maraca player.
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|Read Claude's article "Songwriting and Beyond"