In the Deep Rolling Hills

IN THE DEEP ROLLING HILLS OF SAN FRANCISCO: A Collection of Bluegrass & Old Time Music (Bluegrass Signal, 2013)

Produced by “Bluegrass Signal” producer/host Peter Thompson, this 20-track CD presents some of the best of the area’s bluegrass and old time music. It includes an otherwise unreleased live performance of Kathy Kallick’s “One Slow Dance,” recorded in 1995 with the Good Ol’ Persons: John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, Kevin Wimmer, and Todd Phillips. There are also contributions from David Grisman, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Kathy Kallick Band, High Country, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Blue & Lonesome, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, The Tuttles with AJ Lee, Suzy & Eric Thompson, The Stairwell Sisters, and John Reischman’s “Bluegrass Signal” theme tune. Many live and/or previously-unreleased performances.

American Lullaby

AMERICAN LULLABY (Ellipsis Arts, 2003)

Part of an award-winning series of lullabies from around the world, this includes performances from a number of Bay Area musicians: Maria Muldaur, David Grisman (with Tony Rice), Suzy Thompson, Laurie Lewis – and Kathy Kallick. There are also sleepy-time songs by, among others, Bill Staines, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Sweet Honey In the Rock, and Beth Nielsen Chapman. On it, Kathy sings “Hobo’s Lullaby,” accompanied by Laurie & Tom Rozum. Kathy notes: “This song, best-known as sung by Woody Guthrie, was popular in the 1960s Chicago folk scene. My mother and I used to sing it together when I was just starting to perform. I was reminded of this song when my daughter was too excited to sleep on her first overnight train. So I sang this, and it’s become a favorite for us, often including lots of made-up lyrics about mommies and daughters riding the rails.”

O Sister The Women's Bluegrass Collection


19 songs from Rounder’s deep catalog of bluegrass women, issued (as the name implies) at the height of the “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?” popularity. Kathy’s song, “Just Like Rain” from the first duet album with Laurie Lewis is included, as are selections from a wide variety of musicians: Hazel Dickens, Delia Bell, and Wilma Lee Cooper to Rhonda Vincent, Lynn Morris, and Suzanne Thomas to Carol Elizabeth Jones, Ginny Hawker, and Phyllis Boyens to Alison Krauss, Claire Lynch, and the Cox Family.

Diamond Cuts

DIAMOND CUTS (Hungry For Music, 1997)

This first of nine collections of baseball songs and poetry from an organization which supports music education and cultural enrichment by acquiring and distributing quality musical instruments to underserved children with willing instructors and a hunger to play. Kathy’s re-working (with additional lyrics) of “Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” follows the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s eulogy for Rev.Jesse Jackson and precedes Buck O’Neil’s “I Was Right on Time.” Other participants on this album include Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sam Bush, Bill Kirchen, Yvonne Hood, Big Bill Broonzy, Tom Paxton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Bob Bossin, Chuck Brodsky, and Bob Costas.

True Life Blues

TRUE LIFE BLUES: An All-Star Tribute To The Father Of Bluegrass (Sugar Hill Records, 1996)

The IBMA-winning (Album Of the Year, Recorded Event Of the Year) and Grammy-winning (Bluegrass Album Of the Year) compilation tribute to Bill Monroe. Kathy sings two duets with Laurie Lewis – the title track (“True Life Blues”) and “Used To Be” – accompanied by Tony Trischka, Mike Marshall, John Reischman, Jim Nunally, and producer Todd Phillips. Other participants include Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Mike Compton, Jerry Douglas, Pat Enright, David Grier, David Grisman, John Hartford, Bobby Hicks, Del & Ronnie McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Alan O’Bryant, Peter Rowan, Craig Smith, and Roland White.

Tinsel Tunes


The only recording of Kathy Kallick & the Little Big Band – Kathy, Keith Little, John Reischman, and Todd Phillips — finds them performing a fabulous Roy Forbes song, “Ring the Bells At Midnight.” Other participants include the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen, Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Lonesome River Band, Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Psychograss, Mollie O’Brien, The Fairfield Four, Chesapeake, and others.

The Bluegrass Suspects

THE BLUEGRASS SUSPECTS (Kaleidoscope Records, 1990 – out of print)

A compilation of music recorded in the early and mid-1980s; Kathy and most of the Good Ol’ Persons appear on three songs — “Life’s Too Short,” “What Does the Deep Sea Say,” and “Free Little Bird” — with this line-up: Kathy, John Reischman (mando), Bethany Raine (bass, vocals), Paul Shelasky (fiddle), and Tom Stern (banjo). Appearing on other tracks: Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Frank Wakefield, Don Reno & the Reno Brothers, Darol Anger, Todd Phillips, Markie Sanders, David Nelson, Don Humphries, Maria Muldar, Ron Thompson, Alan Senauke, Sue Shelasky, and Ed Neff.