Mixing up an unlikely concoction of vintage rock & roll and outlaw country, Cole Diamond is, depending on when you ask, either the stage name for singer/songwriter Ryan Otte or the collective handle for Otte and his Band. For years Otte spent most weekends behind a drum kit playing with too many band to list. The idea for Cole Diamond came about as a way for Otte to step out from behind the drums and try his hand at the front of the stage for once. In the few years since “Cole Diamond” was conceived he has released an EP, received airplay on 89.3 The Current, and opened for national acts such as Corb Lund. Drawing on influences that range from Waylon Jennings and Doug Sahm to Roky Ericson and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cole Diamond delivers a modern take on a classic sound.
"It is old school outlaw music of the 1980s – think Waylon Jennings or Leon Russell. I loved it; reminds me of family road trips with my dad. It’s definitely worth a listen."
- Ann Treacy, Mostly MN Music Blog
"I Challenge you to find a purer strain on Honky Tonk in the Twin Cities"
- Adventures in Americana