Kathy Kallick Band

“A profound songwriter and expressive singer, San Franciscan Kathy Kallick is a mountain gal at heart. Her singing has always been earthy and passionate. As a songwriter, she knows how to pen beautiful impressionistic pieces with memorable contemporary messages. A troubadour and exquisite storyteller, (her) arrangements are tightly crafted, with each song given its own non-formulaic treatment.” —Joe Ross, Bluegrass Now

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The California Bluegrass Association's annual gathering at Grass Valley on Father's Day weekend was Big Fun this year. The KKB played three fabulous sets, and there was lots of other powerful music, including Tom with High Country and Kathy with Laurie Lewis in a tribute to Vern & Ray. Thanks to Leslie Abbott for the cell phone snap below, and to George Martin's summation in the CBA's monthly magazine, Bluegrass Breakdown:

"I am hoping that Kathy Kallick can keep this edition of her band together as long as possible. Kathy has always had fine musicians backing her, but I think at the moment she has the perfect Kathy Kallick Band. Each member of the group -- Tom Bekeny (mandolin), Cary Black (bass), Greg Booth (banjo & dobro), and Annie Staninec (fiddle) -- is an amazing musician in his or her own right. And yet there is a synergy there (Kathy's profound lyrics and beautiful melodies don't hurt) that made their sets truly memorable."














On the Ides Of March, Kathy released Cut To the Chase (Live Oak Records), her 18th album, recordings which contain nearly 150 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. A few reactions are below.














"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." - Donald Teplyske, Lonesome Road Review

"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!" - Rick Anderson, CD Hot List

"More than a decade before the arrival on the scene in the late 1980s of the teenaged wunderkind Alison Krauss, a band called The Good Ol’ Persons emerged from California and proved that not only was it okay for bluegrass and country bands to have more than one 'girl singer,' but that a band composed of all or mostly women could write, perform, and draw crowds as well as the guys could. Nearly four decades later, with Cut To The Chase, Kallick demonstrates convincingly that not only are her bluegrass chops still in good working order, but she’s still among the more distinctive and adventurous talents in what’s come to be known as the 'Americana' format.
     "She’s backed up by her current Kathy Kallick Band as well as notable GOP’s alums Sally Van Meter and John Reischman, plus guitarist Clive Gregson, with whom Kallick wrote three of the thirteen cuts (and the other ten all on her own). Co-producing with Tom Size, the material and arrangements highlight Kallick’s keen ability to tell a good story. 'Same Old Song' revolves cleverly around the clichés that seem to mark every budding romance, 'The Night The Boat Capsized' travels from vulnerability and sheer terror to survival and confidence, and 'The Rustler’s Girl' is something of a modern version, set out on the range, of the old 'Black Jack Davy' ballads.
     "It’s on the collaborations with Gregson, though, where Kallick really stretches out. 'Franco’s Spain' is the tale of an American ingénue who learns that history takes place regardless of who’s around to watch, but 'all the discos let us in for free.' 'The Time Traveler’s Wife' elicits the seeming time/space distortion of wondering whether or not you’re in love or out of it. The album’s title track expresses the everywoman’s dream of telling the date from Hell to 'get the Hell away from me.' It’s daring writing for someone who’s been in bluegrass for 40 years, but she carries it off well. An intriguing instrumental aspect to the album is the pairing of Booth’s Dobro with Bobby Black’s pedal steel guitar, producing a sound with it’s own brand of lonesome.
     "Kathy Kallick has never been one to stand pat and do the same old thing, and it’s a big reason for the respect she’s garnered for so long."
- John Lupton, Sing Out!
And here's a list of those DJs we know about who are giving spins to songs from Cut To the Chase:
Al Kniola - WVPE, Elkhart IN 
Amanda Eichstaedt - KWMR, West Marin CA
Amy Luncan - WYSO, Yellow Springs OH
Amy Orlomoski - WHUS, Storrs CT
Anne Fuller - KRNN, Juneau AK
Arthur Berman - CiTR, Vancouver, BC Cabada
Artie Martello - WIOX, Roxbury NY
Barry Hazle - KCHO, Chico CA
Bill Revill - WESU, Middletown CT
Bill Wagman - KDVS, Davis CA
Biz Bisard - WNMC, Traverse City MI
Bob Brown - WNMC, Traverse City MI
Bob Weiser - WOMR, Orleans MA
"Cat" Catlett - Radio Free Americana, Verona VA
Chris Jong - KZSC, Santa Cruz CA
Chris McGill - WSPN, Saratoga Springs NY
Christine Linde - KBCS, Bellevue WA
Cousin Kate - WZBC, Newton MA
Dan Joseph - CKWR, Kitchener ON Canada
Darwin Davidson - WERU, Bangor ME
David Blakney - CJAM - Windsor ON Canada
David Sears - WBGU, Bowling Green, OH
Dennis Brunnenmeyer - KVMR, Nevada City CA
DJ MK - KAOS, Olympia WA
Don Jacobson - KBOO, Portland OR
Ed McDonald - West Virginia Public Radio Network
Eric Rice - KVMR, Nevada City CA 
Eric Teel - Jefferson Public Radio, Ashland, OR
Frank & Denise Gosar - KLCC, Eugene OR
Frank Hoppe - KCSN, Los Angeles CA
Gaye Auxier - WDBX, Carbondale IL
Gerd Stassen - Country Music 24, Germany
Gerry Goodfriend - CKUT, Montreal QC Canada
Ginger Hooper - KBCS, Bellevue WA
Greg Krush - KRFC, Ft. Collins CO
Greg Harness - KRBX, Caldwell, ID
Gwendolyn Reischman - CFRO, Vancouver BC Canada
Jean Geiger - KBCS, Bellevue WA
Jim Burnett - CFRO, Vancouver BC Canada
Jim Dubinsky - WUVT, Blacksburg VA 
Jim Fisher - WGCS, Goshen IN 
Jim Marino - CFMU, Hamilton ON Canada
Jim Rogers - WIUP, Indiana PA
Jim Schwall - WORT, Madison WI
JoAnn Mar - KALW, San Francisco CA
Jon Colcord - WSCS, Concord NH
John Hillman-Waters - WERU, East Orland ME
John Lupton - WVUD, Newark DE
John Rumsey - KVMR, Nevada City CA
Johnny Bazzano - KRCB, Santa Rosa, CA
Kate McNally - NHPR, Concord NH
Katie Laur - WNKU, Cincinnati OH 
Katy Daley - WAMU, Washington DC
Ken Batista - WYEP, Pittsburgh PA
Kevin Elliott - WEFT, Champaign IL
Kevin Vance - KALW, San Francisco CA
Larry Hillberg - KVMR, Nevada City CA
Laurie DesJardins - KVMR, Nevada City CA
Lee Michael Dempsey - WAMU, Washington DC
Lenny Epstein - KRFC, Fort Collins CO
Lilli Kuzma - WDCB, Glen Ellyn IL
Maggie Ferguson - WXOU Auburn Hills, MI 
Martin Anderson - WNCW, Spindale NC
Mary Tilson - KPFA, Berkeley CA
Michael Kane - WBRS, Waltham MA    
Mike Alzo - WSLU, Canton NY 
Mike Kear - Pacific Bluegrass Network, Australia
Nick Barr - WAMC, Albany NY
Norm Mast - WVPE, South Bend/Elkhart IN
Paul Norton - CFRO, Vancouver BC Canada
Peter Thompson - KALW, San Francisco CA
Ray Edlund - KPFA, Berkeley CA
Rein Wortelboer - Peelgrass, Venray The Netherlands
Rich Warren - WFMT, Chicago IL
Richard Gordon - WVUD, Newark DE
Richard Howard - KZMU, Moab UT
Rik James - KGLT, Bozeman MT
Roz Larman - KPFK, Los Angeles CA
Sharon Downes - 2MAX FM, Narrabri NSW AUSTRALIA 
Steve Edge - CiTR, Vancouver BC Canada
Steve Fisher - CKUA, Edmonton AB Canada
Steve Jerrett - KOPN, Columbia, MO
Sue Kessell - WNUR, Chicago IL 
Taylor Caffery - WRKF, Baton Rouge LA
Terry O'Laughlin - WORT, Madison WI
Tom Diamant - KPFA, Berkeley CA
Tom Funk - KGLP, Gallup NM
Wanda Fischer - WAMC, Albany NY
Warren Catlett - Radio Free Americana, Verona VA
Will Minor - KWMR, Pt. Reyes CA
Wrangler Jim - KRFC, Ft. Collins CO
Thanks to EVERYONE who's playing -- and requesting -- CTTC music. We hope you'll enjoy it too! The album is available at all the shows, festivals, and camps, as well as from CD Baby.

Just released! Kathy and Laurie Lewis' tribute to their bluegrass mentors, Vern Williams and Pay Park.













And the hits jes keep on comin' ...  

Hope to see you soon - 
Kathy, Annie, Tom, Greg, Cary



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