Widely acclaimed US singer-songwriter Diana Jones has announced the re-issue of her critically lauded 2009 album Better Times Will Come – Reimagined & Remastered on April 7, to mark the 15th anniversary of its recording.
Diana enlisted studio engineer Steve Addabbo, fresh from his work on Bob Dylan’s Bootleg Series, to help her cast a retrospective eye over the tracks. Together they reimagined the mixes and the running order and added a previously unreleased song ‘Call Me Daddy’, to reflect changes she has envisaged since the original release.
The new version of the title track “Better Times Will Come”, featuring harmony vocals by Diana’s friend the late Nanci Griffith and a newly found additional chorus, is out now. Its abiding message remains so timely, given the hardships of recent years and those still being felt today.
Hailed variously in the press as the “Emily Dickinson of song,” “The lost daughter of the Carter Family” as well as a “Hillbilly Feminist”, Diana will embark on the Better Times Will Come – Reimag-ined & Remastered UK/IE tour in April and May, when she will perform the complete album along-side gems from her catalogue. Dates are as follows:
14-Apr Topsham The Bridge Inn
15-Apr Taunton Churchinford Village Hall
16-Apr Twickenham TwickFolk
18-Apr Birmingham Kitchen Garden Café
20-Apr Glasgow Glad Café
21-Apr Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cluny2 Theatre
22-Apr Redmile St Peter’s Church
25-Apr Barrow upon Soar Holy Trinity
26-Apr Bristol Hen & Chicken
27-Apr Hassocks Mid Sussex Music Hall
28-Apr Thame Listening Room @ Cross Keys
29-Apr Basingstoke The Forge
02-May London The Slaughtered Lamb
03-May Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
04-May Dublin The Workmans Club Cellar
Tickets on sale: www.dianajonesmusic.com
The re-release of Better Times Will Come – Reimagined & Remastered follows Diana’s widely praised 2020 studio album Songs To A Refugee which gave voice to the stories of asylum seekers worldwide; a testament to Diana’s commitment to social justice through her gifts as a consummate songwriter and performer.