Diane won third place in the Singing Competition! Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival 

Rick Mayock played/sang harmonies. You can see everyone who placed in all the music competitions here: www.topangabanjofiddle.org/2023-contest-winners

Diane Hubka & the Sun Canyon Band, You Never Can Tell. 

"Hubka captures the joy in Guy Clark’s “Baton Rouge” and will likely have you singing along to her version of Bob Dylan’s classic “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.” The traditional “Shady Grove” and Chuck Berry title cut are endearing as well, as is a brass-spiced cover of Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927.” Also likable are “Albuquerque,” a Western swing–influenced acoustic guitar showcase; and “Dancing with My Shadow” and “Belly of the Whale,” both of which were written by the band’s Rick Mayock, who chimes in on vocals." -  Jeff Burger

Lovely Haiku Review for our new Single: "Baton Rouge"!

Country melody, 
pretty voice and good story. 
Gonna cool my heels.

Diane Hubka & the Sun Canyon Band
Single Release 12/22: "Home"

By Melissa Clarke

Americana Highways brings you this premiere of Diane Hubka and the Sun Canyon Band’s song “Home,” from their forthcoming album "You Never Can Tell", due to be released on January 28. The song will be released on December 8. You Never Can Tell was produced by Chad Watson, Rick Mayock and Diane Hubka; recorded, mixed and mastered by Frank Rosato at Woodcliff Studio, Los Angeles CA. Album art, photography and design were by Janis Wilkins at www.artGraphica.com

“Home” is Diane Hubka on vocals and rhythm guitar; Rick Mayock on guitar; and Joe Caccavo on bass.  Rolling hills, faces, “and I wanna go home” are all hallmark images of Diane’s introspective folk style.  Her songwriting will soothe and calm your wayward jitters. 

"I wrote this song while living in the East Village of New York City and missing my family home in western Maryland. It evokes memories of making the eight hour drive through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and eventually to the Appalachian Mountains of western PA and western MD. I would make the familiar route several times a year, in all seasons, all types of weather. Once I got to Bedford, PA, the landscape changed: with huge mountains on either side of the valley, traveling south on Rt. 220, as I made my way to Cumberland, MD, I would feel I was finally home.  The funny thing to me is that when I wrote the song, I was a full-on jazz singer/musician, performing in NYC clubs and very involved with the jazz community. I thought it was odd that the song I ended up writing was a folk song! I guess the simple fingerstyle guitar touches my heart, and evokes the sense of traveling back home.  There’s a spiritual layer to the song in lyrics like, “I close my eyes and I see,” connecting to an inner source of strength, and “the bluest blue I’ve ever seen above me” evokes the spiritual feeling I get when I’m in the remote and beautiful rural setting where I grew up." — Diane Hubka 

Find more information, tour dates and music, here: https://linktr.ee/dhubka 

Musicians on the album are Diane on vocals and rhythm guitar; Rick Mayock on vocals, acoustic, electric and baritone guitars; Albert Lee – (Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers) on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; Chad Watson (Ronnie Milsap, The Burrito Brothers, Janis lan) on bass, mandolin, trombone, guitar and vocals; Lynn Coulter (Leon Russell, Carole King, Rita Coolidge) on drums, percussion, vocals, and whistle; Joe Caccavo on banjo and bass; Chris Elliott on trumpet; and Nora the dog on bark.

"Diane is a finder of songs. She has a knack of knowing what songs work best, presented in a variety of genres. The way she and the band reinterpret songs is a stroke of musical genius, not to mention, their lyrical and harmonious original tunes."

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