“A singer who deserves a listen...She is a lady with an adventurous soul. ” - GEORGE BENSON
What happens when a world class jazz singer returns to her Appalachian folk/country roots, then meets up with a veteran blues/rock guitarist who is also a gifted singer-songwriter? The Sun Canyon Band brings new life to celebrated genres from Texas swing to delta blues, from lilting ballads to heartland country rock.
WIth her honey-toned vocals and rhythm guitar, Diane Hubka reinvents herself as a folk singer, while retaining a spirit of improvisation. Combining Rick Mayock’s expressive guitar work, melodic vocals, and inspiring, genre-defying originals to a dynamic rhythm section, the band interprets traditional songs as if they were written today, taking the listener along for a joyful ride!
Their new CD, co-produced by bassist Chad Watson (Ronnie Milsap, The Burrito Brothers, and Janis Ian,) is slated for release on January 20, 2023, and features special guest, extraordinary guitarist Albert Lee!
Growing up in the panhandle of Western Maryland, the Appalachian Mountain-bred artist learned violin, trombone and guitar from an early age. While in college she studied jazz singing and guitar, developing a passion for jazz that led her to Washington, DC, and then New York, NY. Awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Diane performed up and down the East Coast, earning praise as “one of the top jazz vocalists of her generation.” (ALL MUSIC GUIDE.) While in NY, she recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, one with legendary sax player Lee Konitz. In 2005 Diane moved to Los Angeles and released three more CD’s, including I Like It Here/Live in Tokyo, sponsored by The Sinatra Society of Japan, which placed on Japan’s Jazz Disc Award. She played iconic venues Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s, and Vitello’s, and toured Japan and Turkey. In recent years, Diane has picked up her acoustic guitar and performed in L.A.'s Americana/folk music venues The Viper Room, Kulak's Woodshed, and Tanner's Coffee Company. No matter the genre, “she wraps her clear-as-mountain-stream sound around the songs with consistently winning results.” (JAZZTIMES)
Rick has been performing with bands and as a solo artist in the Los Angeles area and on the East Coast since the 1970's. He was an integral part of the Venice Beach music scene of the 70's and 80's, playing clubs across Southern California. Rick played for many years with rock and blues guitarist Slavin' David and in the band Street Smart with Peter Demian. He formed the original rock bands Spare Parts with singer Shawn O'Brien of the Cripples, and Primal Hearts with guitarist Linda Taylor. He is the founder and lead vocalist/guitarist of the band East of Lincoln, playing an eclectic blend of original rock, blues, R & B, and urban acoustic music. Originally from Wilkes-Barre in the Wyoming valley, PA, he still appears there locally with the West Side Blues Band with singer/songwriter Don Shappelle, and with legendary blues harmonica player Charlie Singer. A prolific songwriter, Rick Mayock's original songs combine driving rhythms, engaging melodies, rich vocal harmonies and imaginative, thought provoking lyrics.
Joe attended GIT where he studied with world-renowned jazz musicians Pat Martino, Ron Eschete, Joe Diorio, Tom Mason, Bob Magnusson, and Don Mock. After GIT he worked his way through college performing as a pit musician in over 20 musical theatre productions. Joe has performed with numerous bands in California, the U.S., and abroad, in a variety of genres ranging from R&B, Gospel, Country, and Rock n' Roll. Over his career, he has performed with many legendary musical acts including Richard Street of the Temptations, Al Wilson, The Impressions, The Delfonics, The Lads, Ron Bishop, and Barbara Morrison. Joe is a regular member of the house band for Andy & Renees's Annual Dylanfest, and also appears on recordings with Andy & Renee and Hard Rain, Esther Valentine, The Catalina Kings, Ron Bishop, Endless Rain, and Apollinaire. In addition to bass, Joe also plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.