Kathy Kallick Band CD Release Concert

Sep 17, 2023 (Sun) / 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Buy Tickets here: https://knct.club/3P0Tg4I
Venue: St John United Lutheran Church, 5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

The Kathy Kallick Band opens our Fall 2023 concert season Sept 17th (Sunday) celebrating the release of their newest CD, the Lonesome Chronicles! We’re hosting this concert at St John United Lutheran Church on Phinney Ridge (5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, 98103).

The Lonesome Chronicles CD Cover“Kathy Kallick has been a keystone of the West Coast bluegrass scene for decades. Her punchy rhythm guitar, sure-handed songwriting, and stellar contralto voice create a rich, engaging sound that should appeal to everyone from fans of hardcore Monroe-style bluegrass to the modal mountain melodies of mentors Hazel & Alice to more contemporary acoustic and urban folk styles … A true heroine in the pantheon of female vocalists in bluegrass, Kathy Kallick’s deeply soulful voice, magnificent delivery, and  compelling musical styles shows she’s one of the greatest bluegrass vocalists of her generation — or any other.”
– David J. McCarty, Bluegrass Unlimited 

Kathy Kallick’s exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her mighty band: Annie Staninec (fiddle), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), and Cary Black (acoustic bass), all of whom are also wonderful singers.

“Lonesome’ is such a big part of bluegrass, and always has been. One doesn’t have to dig deep to get that, but the deeper you go, the more variety there is in the quality of lonesomeness — from the upbeat, happy-sounding lonesome to the heart-wrenching, desperate lonesome. The last few years have been the lonesomest ever. Being separated from each other, from the musical conversation, collaboration, and camaraderie all really hurt and compounded the sense of loss. What a glorious celebration to play music together at last!” – Kathy Kallick

The album’s highlights are six new Kathy Kallick compositions, several written (as you can tell from the titles) in response to the pandemic: “Just Lonesome Ol’ Me & the Radio,” “It’s Lone-some Everywhere I Go,” “This Old Lonesome Song,” “25 Chickens,” “The Weather Song,” and “I’m Gonna Miss This House.” All killer, no filler.

Keeping with the theme, the band also covers the Osborne Brothers’ “A Lonesome Feeling” and Ted Lundy’s “Never Been So Lonesome.” Dobro/banjo player Greg Booth has written a new tune titled “Lonesome Dobro Blues,” and mandolinist Tom Bekeny’s new original instrumental is titled “Reunion,” celebrating the band’s coming together again after the lockdown. Fiddler Annie Staninec puts her own spin on Dennis Fetchet’s tune (with a great backstory), “Roscoe Got the Rabbit,” and the band got such strong responses to their versions of “A Beautiful Life” and a dobro-led “Foggy Mountain Chimes” that they’re also part of The Lonesome Chronicles. The Kathy Kallick Band also includes their interpretation of John Prine’s “Souvenirs,” which Kathy decided to add to their repertoire after performing it in the Freight & Salvage’s John Prine Tribute last fall, saying, “This one really resonates, as we discover what remains with deep meaning after all this time. The OED defines the word ‘souvenir’ this way: a thing that is kept as a reminder of a person, place, or event. We’re all finding things we need to keep as reminders, and music is one of those elements that live in our bones, as well as our mind. Like a beautiful scent or flavor, music brings it all right back and right up front. We’re so grateful and happy to have the opportunity to share this with all of you!”

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