Alela Diane, a native of Nevada City like Joanna Newsom, grew up in a musical family and sang from early age. She took to the acoustic guitar, and starting writing soft folk songs, characterised by psych-infused fingerpicking and personal lyrics.
The Pirate’s Gospel was released in 2006 and garnered critical and public attention. Diane has toured with Newsom, with whom she is often compared, Vashti Bunyan, Iron & Wine, and other performers from the folk scene. On her follow-up, To Be Still (2009), Diane employed a full band and introduced a country influenced sound, which she pursued on her third album, conceived with the Wild Divine, Alela Diane & the Wild Divine (2011).