Ilana’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives deep into the Blues. Her unique style – as a solo artist and in a band – has taken her to the stage and to the studio with greats such as BMA Winner Ronnie Earl, W.C. Handy nominee Barry Levenson, NY Blues Hall of Famer Bobby Radcliff, multi-grammy nominated Cedric Watson and current Grammy nominee Chas Justus - to name a few. In addition to her Blues and Appalachian music mainstays, she is a versatile, improvisational musician, as comfortable performing solo in large theaters as she is being featured in 14 piece rock bands or on Boston’s Subway platforms (where you can find her most Fridays).
Her 2014 debut CD, “I’ve Got Something To Tell You,” earned her a finalist spot for “Coolest Blues Song in the World 2015” by Big City Blues Magazine for her original song “Marlyn’s Blues.” Ronnie Earl, who joined her on that record, also covered another of Ilana’s originals from that record - “Runnin’ in Peace” on his own “Good News” record.
Her newest CD - “Movin’ On” - from Regina Royale Records - features Ilana, Cedric Watson, Barry Levenson and Bobby Radcliff. Ilana’s voice and fiddling put new spins on early traditional Blues songs and dovetails nicely into her more modern original songs and instrumentals. There is even Ilana scat singing while playing the fiddle. (Official Release: March 2016)
A few quotes about Ilana’s music:
“Brilliant and Soulful” – Ronnie Earl, Blues guitar master
“Ilana’s debut CD is fun, her playing heart-felt, and solid as a rock!” – Bruce Molsky, Appalachian music guru
“Honest, sincere, beautiful music from the heart. It’s sad and it’s sweet and makes you want to tap your feet.” –
Diane Blue, Soul Singer, Founder of Regina Royale Records