Hat Full of Diamonds
'Hat Full of Diamonds is just the second solo CD released by Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter Barbara Phaneuf, but already she exudes the confidence of a veteran. And with good reason. A gifted composer, guitarist, and singer who shifts easily between '50's-style country pop, sprite folk tunes, acoustic swing, and torchy blues ballads, Phaneuf often evokes the spirits of such past masters as Ray Charles, Brenda Lee, and Patsy Cline. Phaneuf conjures up an aural world redolent of black and white movies and a bygone, slower-paced era. (It's worth noting that she spent much of the '80's writing and producing musicals.) Most of all, Phaneuf is a consummate craftsperson whose acoustic-guitar-based songs take on richer hues with each listen.' Performing Songwriter Magazine editor, Russell Hall 2000.