Allison Dietz sings in a voice both naive and experienced, like honeysuckle and heartache, or sunshine and sorrow. She's equal parts Loretta Lynn, Ford F-150, and Johnny Walker Red. No stranger to the stage, Allison has recently embarked on a journey from singer to artist, finally giving her songwriting skills priority. The result is 'Pretty Lies' and with it, she gracefully delivers songs filled with both anguish and redemption on a remarkable debut album.
Born and raised in Maryland, Allison’s musical roots began with the classic folk, rock, and rhythm’n’blues records her parents frequently played. An avid devotee of all genres of music, it was during her college years when americana, roots rock, blues and classic country began stirring her desire to write. Willie Dixon, Elmore James, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, and Patty Griffin all became personal songwriting heroes.
What inspired the songs on this album? “Most were at least in part inspired by things I have personally experienced, bad love, good love, lost love, and mercifully, real love. To balance the cheating, drinking, lying songs I seemed to be writing, I wrote 'Nobody Loves Me (Like You Do)' to honor joy and the real love in my life, and 'Let Me Keep you Warm' was written as a hopeful song for someone close going through some trying times. 'Parade' is a little different, as it was inspired by a large, formal funeral procession for a local fireman who passed away in the line of duty. I was driving a back country road when I saw it coming. I pulled over, got out and stood to pay my respects. It was one of the most moving and heart-rending things I have ever witnessed and, although a stranger, it affected me deeply. I can only imagine what his colleagues, friends and most especially his family were going through”.
Is there one song on the album that you feel has captured who you are as an artist? “I'm still discovering and experimenting with who I am, stylistically. However, if I had to choose one song that most captures my essence, it would be 'Can't Get Away'. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the album and it's a little sad and a little dark but a little redemptive and a little badass too. And I just love it”.
On 'Pretty Lies', Allison Dietz sings past the graveyard with a tone that makes it clear that she knows what it is to be nose-to-the-linoleum-heartbroke. But her delivery is without guile or artifice, purely innocent in all the best ways.