Matt Brown is an old soul, and that is evident in the music he creates. With a voice seasoned by influences such as Ray Charles and guitar styling steeped in the tradition of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brown’s artistry is filled with as much blue-eyed soul as his baby blue Fender Telecaster,“Stella Blue.”
Growing up in the small dairy town of Washougal, Washington, Brown’s love for music began as a child, soaking in the classic melodies of The Beatles that filled the house. Brown demonstrated a natural rhythm by banging along to the beat whenever music was played, Matt’s father gave him a guitar when he left home for college in Seattle, encouraging him to follow in the family musical tradition. During college, Brown fell in love with the guitar and started performing at open mic nights, revealing his innate ability as a vocalist.
Since that time, Brown has fronted bands, played hundreds of shows, recorded several albums, opened for acts like Train, Chris Isaak & Huey Lewis, and journeyed across the country to Nashville to continue developing his craft of songwriting. Brown’s songs are fresh but familiar and tend to move the heart as much as the head and feet. His music grabs the attention of the young and old, while being deeply rooted in timeless soul. There is an authenticity in the words and delivery that create Brown’s signature sound.
“If you don’t believe an acoustic solo performance can fill a room with raw power, elegance and intelligence concurrently, you haven’t experienced Diana Chittester”
– Jennifer Conn (The Devil Strip)
DIANA CHITTESTER is known for her signature percussive “guitar acrobatics” (Buffalo ArtVoice), bold vocals, and “intelligent and articulate lyrics” (Music Connection Magazine).
Born the daughter of a minister, Diana Chittester was on track to become an English teacher until she purchased a used copy of Ani DiFranco’s Living In Clip with her last $11 while in college. Inspired by the passion and truth DiFranco brought to her music, Diana set out on the path of “fiercely independent musician.”
Coming out to her conservative family at the age of 21 forced Chittester to turn to her own songwriting to deal with issues of isolation, religious struggle and personal relationships. Her music became personal testimonies on issues many try to deal with privately.
Taking to the stage as a solo performer for most of her early career, Diana began to develop a unique multi-part playing style when she imitated a 3-piece band on a solo acoustic guitar. Percussive thumping, popping bass lines and melodic picking patterns became a signature sound that elevated Chittester from bars and coffee shops to folk clubs and Performing Arts Centers.
Diana has opened for artists’ Lisa Loeb, Joan Osborne, LP, Kim Richey, Colin Hay, Chris Trapper, Melissa Ferrick, and Royal Wood; and also headlines shows at Music Box Supper Club, Club Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, and PAC’s throughout Ohio.