Band brings country flair to Cotati for CD release party
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By Kaydon Coburn  March 29, 2013 12:00 am

Rohnert Park-Cotati based county-folk-blues band E Minor and the Dirty Diamonds will be debuting their new album, “Longcuts,” at their  CD release party this Saturday night.

“The overall theme to the album is good times… it’s an upbeat, fun, good-time havin’ album. Songs are based on events in life that happen that are less than ideal,” reveals band member Eric Enos, acoustic guitar-vocals.

Resident country music fans will have the chance to decide for themselves if the Dirty Diamonds are a valuable asset to the musical community once they witness a live performance and listen to the newly released “Longcuts.”

“All the songs are real and are based on real things that happened,” Enos explains. He feels “Longcuts” is a balanced recording and each track has equity. “I am partial to all the songs myself.”

The Dirty Diamonds claim country, rock, and hillbilly blues originals and musical influences ranging from the Allman Brothers, Creedence Clearwater and Hank Williams Sr., with a taste of Howlin’ Wolf, Ralph Stanley and Tom Waits. 

Along with Enos, the young outfit, all in their early to mid-20s, is comprised of Justin Davis on bass-vocals, Carlos Wells on banjo-vocals, percussionist Kevan Ruijpers, and Brandon Chester, steel/electric guitar. 

The current crew has been together for about three years and are from the Cotati/Rohnert Park area.

Recording “Longcuts,” which features seven locomotives aimed in one direction as the cover image, began in May of 2012 and was recently completed after some unforeseen events. 

With only the steel guitar tracks and some final vocals to be recorded, tragedy struck in July when the Cotati house where the bands’ bedroom-converted recording studio caught fire and was destroyed.

“We started recording in the spare bedroom of the house I grew up in. A little more than three-quarters of the way (recording) through, the house ended up burning down…I was able to salvage the recordings we had done so far,” said Enos. “I went back inside and was able to recover the external hard drive the recordings were on. I was excited that it hadn‘t been lost.” 

After a five-month hiatus so Enos could get his personal life situated, the Dirty Diamonds completed recording “Longcuts” last January at Panda Studios in Fremont.

Down-to-earth gems on “Longcuts” are “Drowning“, “Southbound Trains,” “Bloodhound,” “Family Tree,” “Nobody's Blues,” “Whiskey River,” “Cheap Red Wine,” “Settle Down,” and location inspired tracks “Old Eel Riv,” and “Crane Creek.”

What was the inspiration for the title “Longcuts?” “At the time (writing songs), we all had long hair and beards,” Enos answers.

E Minor and the Dirty Diamonds’ debut album release party will be Saturday, March 30, at Spancky’s Bar in Cotati with “Longcuts” available for purchase at the show. 

The show begins at 9 p.m. with no cover charge. Hear more from E Minor and Dirty Diamonds at www.eminorandthedirtydiamonds.com

“I hope that a lot of new people who haven’t heard us will get a chance to check it out,” said an enthusiastic Enos.

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