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Ani DiFranco

Up Up Up Up Up Up

Righteous Babe

This is a bad time to be alive if you don't like Ani DiFranco. It seems you can't pick up anything without reading about her. She's graced the covers of some of the biggest music magazines. She's been nominated for a Grammy. She is consistently acclaimed by critics and has a loyal fan base. She's done this without being on MTV, VH-1, or being signed to a major label. Ani is the queen of D.I.Y., with her Righteous Babe Records now boasting thirteen titles. The latest title, Up Up Up Up Up Up, is a better record than the previous, Little Plastic Castle . It returns more to the edge she perfected with Dilate . It's rough and heart-felt with some amazing acoustic guitar work. For all the accolades Ani DiFranco gets for her songs, she is underrated as a guitar player. She gets more out of her six-string acoustic than most people do with a Stratocaster. If you love Ani, you'll love this record. If you don't know her, this is as good a place to start as any.

Righteous Babe Records, P.O. Box 95, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205

--Phil Bailey