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Teach • Inspire
• Be Real!
is Diane’s newest CD release.

Folkgoddess Diane Patterson sings the world awake with strong voice, rocking guitar, sweet ukulele, and revolutionary lyrics.

Her sincere spirit and wild heart joyfully plant seeds of love and light in every listener.

Diane’s been performing at festivals and venues since 1989, beginning with a season playing electric bass for the excellent Sacramento, California-based Blues Duo; then co-fronting a world beat band in Davis called The Heat from 1989-1991. She started in 1993, with Joe Kojima Gray and Dave Theno, the award-winning Diane Patterson Sextet, with Jan Peters and two percussionists, Warren Jones and Rita Hosking . . . yes, THE Rita Hosking! Following The Sextet have been 20 years of solo, duo, and trio work, often with Al Torre on guitar.

Currently Diane is touring her fabulous new CD, Teach, Inspire, Be Real!!  This album is a powerful collection of producers, songs, & healing vibrations!!  Patterson has also published three other full length CDs: Build a Bridge (2013), World Awake (2010) and Hip the Hip (2005). In the works is an album with producer Mike Napolitano in New Orleans!

“Joni Mitchell meets Ani DiFranco. Patterson is a modern day folk goddess.”
“Diane is a young Pete Seeger.” —Percussionist & Composer, Geoffrey Gordon
“FANTASTIC. Diane, you are a great musician.” — Paul Emery Music, Nevada City, Ca. Oct. 2015
“She’s good!” — Ani DiFranco


Since 1990, wordsmith Patterson weaves spirit and unifying social commentary, now around the world, on festival stages, at folk music and conscious music gatherings, healing gatherings and in concert venues of Southern Oregon and Northern California, in Hawaii every winter for the last nine years, in Europe summers of 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016, and December 2012 in Mexico for Synthesis Festival! Based in Southern Oregon, independent and supported by her community, Diane considers herself a micro magical munition of manifesting: nature consciousness, cleanest food for body and mind, best balance and highest integrity of relations between all Beings. We are grateful for an amazing year of three major tours for Teach, Inspire, Be Real: the 2016 Album Release and Adventures on the High Frequen~Seas!


Diane occasionally writes long stories from her adventures. Check ’em out here.

Listen here or on Soundcloud!

Go here to find the lyrics for “Teach • Inspire • Be Real”

For more information check out stories and herstory

Recent Posts

You have to learn a lot of things to make a good prayer.

Author and teacher Martin Prechtel says we have to learn a lot of things so we can be nimble and eloquent with our words to make a good prayer.

Today I was happy to learn direct and in person from people who’ve lived and traveled in Israel and Palestine, Jerusalem and Ramallah. I learned that there are Jewish people helping Palestinians to rebuild. There are Israeli and Palestinian elder women doing a sewing project together, in which they talk and get to know each other. There are musicians from both of these cultures performing, rehearsing and recording together.

We learned that there are many political schools of thought in the Israeli government besides the extreme hardline racist fundamentalists who are in office now. Just sayin.  Some say they would change things for the better in Palestinian-Israeli relations.

And we heard about the olive tree pruning project where American and Israeli Jews work with Palestinians to care for the trees together. This is Dr Frank Romano’s most recent example of hands-on, active change, active peace-making, as opposed to the “feel-good” dinners and events he says are attended by Israeli and Palestinian people but sometimes never followed by action. Actions such as continued work and connection together create lasting and positive relationships.

Lasting, positive relationships make change. When we create and activate through positive projects together — be it music and art or rebuilding or policy change — then we can better live together for the longterm.

Frank Romano teaches at University of Paris, lives in Paris, and has family in the Rogue Valley where I currently live. He and his friend and cohort Suzanne happened in on our First Friday Kickoff Party at Love Revolution on January 6th. The uber talented Finn Juhl and I played 3 hours that evening, directly delivering the love, at the love shop! Frank invited me to play my song, Holy Land the next day at a nearby cafe as a part of a book signing he was doing. He just released his fourth edition of a book that came out in the last year and a half, all from his own experience and travels. Love and Terror in the Middle East is his memoir as an expert in Middle East studies as well as from “a man working in the field, face to face with people from all kinds of factions, including extremists on both sides.” He teaches law, literature, history and philosophy of law at the University of Paris Oeste.

What an inspired afternoon we had! I know for myself, I’ve spent many hours and days contemplating Israel and Palestine in their conflict as a microcosm of where humanity is at in our evolution, in our ability to revere the sacred, to share the treasures of our common history, to arbitrate our differences, and to focus on the health of our societies rather than on a profitable arms race. Boom.

Looking at a bit of Wikipedia today I learn: Jerusalem, a shared spiritual capital, and Ramallah (Ram – “height” and Allah – “God”), a Palestinian capital city, sit within 6 miles of each other on a 2,500ft plateau in the Judean Mountains. Side by side through the ages, side by side in this conflicted present, both cities and their constituents reach towards reconcilliation in the interest of health and wholeness for the children, for the wild, for the land.
So that is my prayer today.
Thank you for reading!

All Blessings to you and yours in the coming new year.
May peace, abundance, health, happiness and joy be yours.
May the awakening of the returning light be yours.
Diane Patterson


photo credit: thank you Jason Ross!

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