Becki Di Gregorio is one of the most innovative singer/songwriters
to come out of the Santa Cruz, California, music scene. And the release
of her debut CD, Seven Worthies... of the Bamboo Grove has expanded
her reputation on a worldwide scale.
DiGregorio's music is an artful balance of edgy folk-rock and pop, with a touch
of psychedelia and middle-eastern flavour nestled inbetween. The songs touch
upon relationships, dreams and reality, with an underlying theme of a search
for truth. From raging acoustic and electric guitars to violins and middle-eastern
percussion, diGregorio's diverse musical interests are reflected in this eclectic
choice of instrumentation. Some of the most respected and talented musicians
from the Bay Area and abroad contributed to the CD, including San Jose's John
Wedemeyer (Charlie Musselwhite) on guitar, Randy Hayes (the Chris Cain Band)
on drums, and Don Lax (Camper Van Beethoven) on violin. Special guest Dave Gregory
of Britain's XTC adds his unmistakable stylings on guitar and keyboards. The
result is an amalgamation of style and sound that transports the listener on
alternating waves of rock and trance.
Since its release in May of '97 the CD has sold briskly, especially in Europe,
gaining radio play in Belgium, Germany, Italy and China, as well as across the
United States. Rave reviews have also appeared in respected music publications
from these countries and others. The CD is currently being distributed throughout
Europe as an import by Jarmusic of Germany. Due to the fantastic reception of
diGregorio's music, Jarmusic has chosen to release a four song mini-disc and
devote considerable energies to radio and media promotion.
DiGregorio has won several prestigious songwriting awards, including two Best
Song Awards from the Northern California Songwriters Association, and a Certificate
of Achievement from Billboard Magazine's song contest for her song, "On
The Edges Now." In addition, several of Becki's songs are being included
on various compilation CD's such as "Best Of Taxi" (The Independent
A&R Company) and one from GammaPop, an Italian music magazine. "Paper-Thin
Immortals," a new film from Wayside Entertainment, will include one of
diGregorio's tunes on its soundtrack.