"I have been a Jimmy Carpenter fan for 20 years, from the first time I heard him play with Jimmy Thackery. He's always been one of the premier sax players around. But Jimmy is also a stellar songwriter and singer. His voice is at its best on ‘Soul Doctor’, Jimmy's best record to date.This album oozes cool and rocks hard with a classic sound that only Jimmy Carpenter can bring to the table.” — Mike Zito
Since the start of her career, Diana Rein has used her Fender guitars exclusively on stage. Preferring the sweet sound of the Stratocaster and the ease with which it plays has been a big factor in her choice to stick with the brand. As well as the fact that her guitar heroes are known for playing Strats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall JR, Jimi Hendrix, Philip Sayce and Bonnie Raitt.
Supporting Fender and their products for years and hoping to become an endorsed artist, this is a proud moment to officially be able to announce this wonderful news!
Currently Diana's guitars are a 1998 California Series Stratocaster in Candy Apple Red, a 62 Reissue Hot Rod Vintage Strat in Honeyburst and an American Performer Stratocaster in the color Penny. Her current amps are a Princeton Reverb with a 12" speaker, a 68 Custom Vibrolux Reverb and a 1976 Super Reverb.
Makes You Stronger is the third studio album from the award winning writing team of Ron Sayer Jr & Charlotte Joyce, and a continuation of their alternative blues style. The album follows on from Better Side (2011), Hard To Please (2013) and Live At The Little Theatre (2015). Containing a diverse selection of all out rockers, powerful blues ballads, country shuffles, haunting laments, fusionesque funk and roots rock, Makes You Stronger interweaves Charlotte’s soulful, dynamic vocal with Ron’s incendiary, yet classy guitar.
The album also marks a new phase in the Sayer & Joyce story as Charlotte provides lead vocal on all tracks, thus leaving Ron free to concentrate on delivering what he does best; guitar, guitar and more guitar! In fact the pair cover most duties between them on this album with Charlotte supplying vocals, Hammond B3 and piano while Ron contributes electric and double bass lines, percussion and additional keys as well as guitar.
Long-standing drummer Paul Wooden lends his talents to the mix, and another first for the new album is the addition of a brass section (Dave Land, Clive Hitchcock) not to mention Charlotte’s own choir members joining in for the roots-rock of the song Life Is What Happens.