(One of the ways Mario Escovedo made his transition from performer to manager in the business side of things was to work with Requiemme Management and Music. One of the acts Mario had the chance to work with was Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, a band he calls one of the best bar bands he has ever seen. Here’s what the interweb has to say about this rock and soul outfit – FATS)
A staple in San Diego for more than a decade featuring some of the most talented musicians around, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds are the regions premier blues act. It’s a boogie-woogie dance party that goes all night.
The band leader, Lady Dottie, is a soulful woman in her early 60s named Dorothy Mae Whitsett. Singing everywhere from the kitchen to the pulpit, she was raised in a family of 14 and performed in a gospel choir. “It was hard coming up, but I’m still here and feeling good, too” Whitsett admits. “Days of hunger made me stronger!” An Alabama-bred fireball, Dottie’s curvier than Lombard and got more gumption than a pack of wolves. She’s a tambourine-toting, hip gyrating powerhouse with a sultry voice that will leave you trembling.
“I feel privileged to turn a new generation onto the blues” Whitsett says. “We have to realize that people are meant to come together, and nothing does that like music.”
Without fail, Dottie and her Diamonds work audiences into a fevered frenzy. This band seems God-sent. Shine On You Crazy Diamonds!