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The KKB had a fabulous 2013, including a hit album/song ("Time"), cover story in Bluegrass Unlimited and nice article in Acoustic Guitar, accolades aplenty, and some great festivals (RockyGrass, Pickin' In the Pines, High Mountain Hay Fever, Parkfield, Cloverdale, IBMA showcases, etc.) and concerts. Already in 2014: the always-wonderful WinterGrass and a week in marvelous Montana (and Spokane)!
We're looking forward to more, and hope to see you along the way. Confirmed concerts, festivals, and music camps, all with links, are on the SCHEDULE page.
Kathy just released a new album: Cut To the Chase (Live Oak Records), her 18th release, recordings which contain well over 100 of her remarkable original compositions. The new one is a collection of Kathy's story songs, and continues her tradition of once-a-decade releases of not-quite-bluegrass original material.
The first review of CTTC comes from Lonesome Road Review's Donald Teplyske, who says, in part: "Kathy Kallick is a versatile recording artist. Folk, bluegrass, Americana, pioneering trailblazer… labels have never meant too much to Kallick, have never limited her creativity. Having written a collection of new songs that will come to stand with her finest, Kallick provides ample demonstration that she continues to hone her art. Cut To the Chase is several steps away from the music of the Kathy Kallick Band, and allows Kallick to continue to develop her own style of acoustic Americana. It is a beautifully constructed album of personal and poetic music that should appeal to all who have appreciated Kallick’s music and insights."
In addition, Rick Anderson has made the album one of the CD HotList's April 2014 Picks, saying, "A pioneering woman’s voice in bluegrass music is that of Kathy Kallick, founding member of the groundbreaking woman-led Good Ol’ Persons. Her solo career has taken her in a variety of directions (she made a children’s album years ago that was a favorite with my kids), and her latest effort is a collection of original 'story-songs.' Several were written in collaboration with English singer-songwriter Clive Gregson, and while the flavors of bluegrass and acoustic Americana are never absent, there are also lots of new elements here: torchy jazz, acoustic pop, honky tonk country, even a hint of calypso. Lyrical pull quote: Get the hell away from me/Get the hell away. You tell ‘im, Kathy!"
But Cut To the Chase contains new and quite wonderful collaborations as well. The revered guitarist-singer-songwriter Clive Gregson co-wrote three of the album's songs with Kathy, and plays his distinctive guitar on four tracks. Sylvia Herold and Paul Kotapish are both members of two beloved Bay Area bands, Wake the Dead (also with Cindy) and Euphonia, and bring new sounds to Kathy's music. Pedal steel legend Bobby Black sweetens a number of the songs, as do contributions from other Bay Area luminaries Molly Tuttle, Patrice Haan, and Richard Brandenburg, as well as Seattle's Nova Devonie.
The album was released on the Ides Of March, so has not been in DJs' hands (or ears) for long. Despite this, it is receiving significant airplay on a station near you. Here's a list of those DJs we know about who are giving spins to songs from Cut To the Chase:
P.S. Kathy & Laurie Lewis will release their Tribute To Vern & Ray at the CBA's Father's Day Bluegrass Festival in June.
P.P.S. The band begins work on the next KKB album this summer. Some great new songs and tunes are being road-tested, and await your response.
And the hits jes keep on comin' ...
Hope to see you soon -
Kathy, Annie, Tom, Greg, Cary