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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After some great music camps, the Good Ol’ Persons reunion, and other summer fun, the Kathy Kallick Band is putting the finishing touches on a new album. The title track, “Foxhounds,” is based on one of Kathy’s memorable experiences with Bill Monroe — and inspired this silly photo taken by Anne Hamersky.

The new album is Kathy’s 20th, the KKB’s 5th, and the first with Cary Black.
Here’s an idea of what to expect ...

1. FOXHOUNDS (Kathy Kallick)  3:34
In the early 1980s, Kathy had the chance to sit on Bill Monroe's porch with him and listen to his foxhounds running at night, a source of great joy for him. Kathy’s reminiscence is an instant classic, and a fitting tribute to the Father Of Bluegrass.
When he was a boy he listened to the foxhounds
With his dad in the old Kentucky hills
The sound would carry on the wind
A mournful song that's always been
A melody that haunts the night time still

2. SO DANGED LONESOME (Kathy Kallick & Cary Black)  4:02
It turns out that Cary Black is a talented composer and arranger as well as about the finest bassist in acoustic music. Evocative and moving, this is another instant-classic bluegrass song.
Like a wind that blows through a cracked window pane
And chills you down to the bone
With icy fingers that freeze all the rain
So danged lonesome

3. I'M NOT YOUR HONEY-BABY NOW (Kathy Kallick)  2:45
The sound is burning old time, the situation a contemporary one. A kiss-off song with some attitude and drive.
Dishonest answers, what you're telling me
No honest answers, what you give to me
You told a lie, looked me in the eye
I'm not your Honey-Baby now

4. I'LL FORGIVE YOU (from Mac Martin)  2:56
Mac Martin has been an inspiration and source of deep knowledge for Kathy for years, and she treasures her numerous chances to sing and perform with him. Greg Booth’s dobro playing here reveals his many years as an accomplished steel guitarist.
So take from my heart this sweet token
Let it be as though we never had met
For tonight I'm the one who's heartbroken
I'll forgive you but I'll never forget

5. DON'T LET YOUR DEAL GO DOWN (trad.)  2:52       * instrumental *       
Greg is a distinctive banjo player, and has become one of the top dobro players in the known world, putting his individual stamp on whatever he plays. This is, of course, from Flatt & Scruggs, but Greg turns it into an instrumental, changes the key, and lets ‘er rip. Spot the quote from another song on “Foxhounds.”
6. SNOWFLAKES (Kathy Kallick)  3:35
Kathy turns contemplative and slightly folky while exploring the possibilities of being cut from the same cloth as someone else.
I look at you and you look at me
I look in the mirror and I know you’ll never see
The places I am going and the places I have been
I walk out and leave everything 

7. SALLY ANN (Allison Fisher)  3:20                  
This is not the traditional mountain tune of the same name, but a song learned from the late and much-missed Allison Fisher. Like many of Kathy’s songs, it sounds like a classic from long ago. It’s also evidence that Annie Staninec is a fine traditional singer as well as the most exciting fiddle player on the planet.
From my window I can see a clearing on the hill
A cabin in the sweet gum grove and old McKenzie's still
His daughter is a beauty, her name is Sally Ann
If I don't wed her someone will, so I'll catch her when I can

8. LONGEST DAY OF THE YEAR (Kathy Kallick)  3:44     
Kathy was in Alaska on the Summer Solstice, and tells us what happened. Also included in this whimsical sage: some Booth family traditions and a couple KK fantasies. How does she get so many emotions into a seemingly simple song?
Oh the sun rose early and stayed up late
Like a farmer out on second date
Caution thrown out to the wind
Just burnt that candle at both ends

9. ROSCOE (trad.)  2:59         * instrumental *                  
A good ol’ good one that Annie’s played in both old time and bluegrass contexts. She learned it from a recording by Kyle Creed and Fred Cockerham, who might have named the tune after their fellow member of The Camp Creek Boys, Roscoe Russell. Or not.
10. TEAR STAINED LETTER (Richard Thompson)  4:19
Del, NBB, and others have covered his songs, but not this one. Proof that every acoustic musician has some rock ’n’ roll in her/his soul — and that RT might be a closet bluegrasser.  
Well my head was beating like a song by the Clash
It was writing cheques that my body couldn't cash
Got to my feet, I was reeling and dizzy
I went for the phone but the line was busy

11. MY MONTANA HOME (Kathy Kallick)  3:54         
The KKB has had wonderful tours in Montana thanks to Ruby Jewel, and they’ve fallen in love with the landscape and the residents. This is Kathy’s ode to a special place for them; the emotional aspects of the song probably translate to other special places.
Rolling hills and acres of tall prairie grass
Slope east of the Rockies divide
A hundred valleys so green 'neath the purple mountains
Water flows along either side

12. BANJO PICKIN’ GIRL (from the Coon Creek Girls)  3:35    
Originating as a kitchen jam between Annie (on banjo) and Kathy, this has become a show-stopper in concert, and the opportunity to make up lyrics on the spot to reflect the show’s location. Check out the Midwestern reference in this recording.
I'm goin' around this world, baby mine
I'm goin' around this world, baby mine
I'm goin' around this world, I'm a banjo-pickin’ girl 
I'm goin' around this world, baby mine

13. KENTUCKY MANDOLIN (Bill Monroe)  2:45    * instrumental *    
Mandolinist Tom Bekeny is a fearless player and has a huge vocabulary; you can hear Jesse McReynolds, Frank Wakefield, Jethro Burns, and others in his playing. This is his homage to Bill Monroe, developed during the band’s many shows celebrating Big Mon’s centennial in 2011. 
14. IN TEXAS (Kathy Kallick & Riley Thompson)  4:45 
When Kathy’s daughter Riley told her about a trip to the Lone Star state, a song was born. The feel of the music is more appropriate to the region than to bluegrass, but it’s a fitting conclusion to the geographical portion of “Foxhounds" — and the album as a whole. Just imagine that fade still going …
Cowboy boots and a fringy jacket
Cuervo key chain and some longhorn glasses
Jar of salsa - stuff I got in Texas.
Three new songs and one sprained toe
From kicking rocks down a dusty road
When I ran out gas driving out of Texas


Check the SCHEDULE page for the CD Release Celebrations which have been scheduled. NOTE: Annie Staninec is also releasing her first “solo” album, so these shows will be double celebratory! And CONGRATULATIONS to Annie for her "Instrumentalist Of the Year" Momentum Award from IBMA! Well-deserved!!
Thanks for your support & the KKB hopes to see you soon!




















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