With influences from art rock to Chicago blues, Motown to mbaqanga, and funk to folk, Maggie's mostly-acoustic music is minimally processed.
No click tracks, steroids or artificial flavors.
It is all about the groove.
Maggie has played bills with a diverse array of pop, blues, country, folk and rock artists from Acoustic Alchemy and Joan Armatrading to Ronnie Milsap and Matt 'Guitar" Murphy to Michelle Shocked and Al Stewart to Townes van Zandt and Warren Zevon. Not to mention Hot Tuna, Guy Clark, The Band, Steve Forbert, Robert Earl Keene, Jr. and Chris Smither.
Her original music has graced airwaves on four continents and American Indian Satellite Radio, charted in nine of ten U.S. test markets, and been downloaded in over 30 countries.
"...too many people get behind an acoustic guitar and channel Bob Dylan; she gets behind an acoustic guitar and channels maybe James Jamerson." - Bruce Kula
by Dana Fdn Arts Ed Newsletter Maggie Council DiPietra, 45, musician The artist: She's a singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs as Maggie Council, and released her most recent CD, Not in the House, in August. The...
MAGGIE COUNCIL: "NOT IN THE HOUSE" by Tampa Tribune (myspace.com/maggiecouncil): Council's a mom, as you might have guessed from the CD title, as well as Track 3, “When Mama's Happy.” Council also celebrates her home on “Nebraska Avenue” and “Palm...
by Dana Fdn Arts Ed Newsletter Maggie Council DiPietra, 45, musician
The artist: She's a singer, songwriter and guitarist who performs as Maggie Council, and released her most recent CD, Not in the House, in August.
The educator: She teaches at the Rock School at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Patel Conservatory. Rock School groups mostly young, aspiring musicians into bands and teaches them to play together.
Why teach: "I put on my promotional stuff that I'm self-taught, but that doesn't really happen. Nobody learns in a vacuum. Rock School gives me a chance to take what I've learned from other people and return the favor by passing it along."
On arts education: "I can really only speak from my experience at Patel, where we've got great programs and kids who want to learn. From what I've heard we've got it better than some."
MAGGIE COUNCIL: "NOT IN THE HOUSE" by Tampa Tribune (myspace.com/maggiecouncil):
Council's a mom, as you might have guessed from the CD title, as well as Track 3, “When Mama's Happy.” Council also celebrates her home on “Nebraska Avenue” and “Palm Trees in My Backyard.” Council has a knack for capturing life's tiny details that strike a chord with listeners. This is her first release in quite a while and it's very welcome return.
Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange review by acousticmusic.com A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
You may not have heard of Maggie Council, but she's far from unknown, having shared stages with Al Stewart, Joan Armatrading, Hot Tuna, Steve Earle, Warren Zevon...yeah, I was shocked too (oh, and that reminds me: she opened for Michelle Shocked, as well). Council blends Joni (especially in the title cut), Melissa, Rickie Lee, Melissa Ferrick, and kindred chanteuse / provocateur / composers into a persona that's light and breezy while biting, satiric, and warmly intelligent all wrapped in one. Her compositions run to modern folk strains layered up in her own backing vox atop stripped down but rhythmic backgrounds, everything informed by a vivacious ennui (an odd conflation, true, but one listen will convey what I mean).
The recording has a slightly boomy and hollow big-room quality that dips the disc in a blues atmosphere even more than is otherwise present, veneering a patina of sepia and magnolias onto the brownstones and back alleys of the mode. Council's voice alternates between Betty Crocker sweet and upbeat, and then Mae West tart and knowing, someone who sees the bullshit and ignorance but is amused by it while not being fooled. Nonetheless, the tone here is positivistic amid many other virtues. Look especially for numerous very cool unusual decorations like her own voice-brass recessed "horn" backing in the opening cut, Nebraska Avenue.
Though she has six sessioneers on Not in the House, this is really all Maggie Council, everything else a matter of shading watercolor tints beside the singing and playing (guitar, piano, bass, toy piano)…except perhaps for the drums, which are kinda hard to muffle no matter what the context. The entire thing is perfect summer music, designed to cool you off a bit in the balminess of the presentation, and, since that season is almost here, ya might wanna think about not replacing that raggedy damn malfunctioning air conditioner in the back parlor, which is gonna cost ya an arm and a leg anyway, and just get this CD instead.
It's a thought.