Diana Chittester stands on stage with an arsenal of acoustic guitars. Whether she's solo or with her 4-piece band, the show is always brought to life with signature percussive multi-part playing, mimicking a full band on a solo acoustic guitar without the use of gadgets or a looper. She blends her intricate finger-picking guitar style with intelligent and articulate lyrics. The personal stories and vulnerability she shares on stage resonate with audiences as she invites them along on her journey.
Music Connection Magazine noted her “intelligent and articulate lyrics” on the review of her first full-length album, In This Skin (2012). Dubbed a “Guitar God” by Skinny Devil Magazine and “a complex guitar acrobat” by ArtVoice Magazine, in 2017 she was invited to perform on the "Cellar Sessions" series recorded live at City Winery in NYC. Diana tours regularly in the US and Canada including folk-rock venues such as The Ark, Music Box Supper Club, Rockwood Music Hall and Performing Arts Centers across the Midwest. Her latest album is Paradox, which is available now.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter Diana Chittester brings emotional testimonies meant to challenge perspectives and the definition of reality with her latest release, PARADOX.
“...with its powerful vocals, [Paradox] recalls Tigerlily-era Natalie Merchant” - Scene Magazine
► Tour with Chris Trapper (of the Push Stars), 2018
► Special guest performer, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Celebration, 2018
► 1st Place Winner: “Rock Like Rosetta [Tharpe]” Competition, 2018
► “Freedom” featured on multiple Spotify playlists, May 2018
► Featured performer at Cleveland's first contemporary music festival, LaureLive, 2016
- Jennifer Conn (The Devil Strip)
"Like Michael Hedges and Ani DiFranco, Chittester is a master guitarist who employs open and alternate tunings—and provides her own percussion by rapping on the body of her instrument."
- Examiner.com (from Colin Hay review)
“Diana really connected with the audience with her lyrics, guitar playing and great
energy. Her storytelling & explanations of her songs resonated thoroughly, receiving a
great ovation & an encore for her opening set, which I haven’t seen before.”
– Arnie Ivsins (Barrie Folk Society, Canada)
“An intelligent and articulate artist”
– Music Connection Magazine
“Demonstrated prowess on the guitar and [a] penchant for wrenching vocals.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
“She is one woman, one guitar, and no gimmicks…and she is one of THE most
important artists on the scene in years, and one to watch closely for years to come.
And, for guitarists, one to study closely…”
– Skinny Devil Magazine : Guitar Gods: LIVE
“A complex guitar acrobat”
– ArtVoice Buffalo
“Her lyrics both delve into stories and are fearless in its questioning with an intense
guitar style backing it up”
– Her Society, Joy 94.9 (Australian Radio)