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Posted January 7, 2013
2012 has been a great year for the KKB!
We finished recording our new CD, Time, and released it in September. It was a fun project, and one which developed its theme during the recording. We knew "Time" was the title song and, as we collected the songs for the rest of the album, we noticed the pattern emerging. That is, many of the songs were about looking back ("Precious Memories"), told stories of times gone by ("Lulu and Jack"), payed tribute ("Dark Hollow," Bill Monroe's "Lord Protect My Soul," both Rose Maddox's and Mike Seeger's "The Old Black Choo-Choo," Vern & Ray's "Thinkin' Of Home"), and marked the fluidity of time and timelessness ("Fare Thee Well"). In keeping with the theme, Tom reprised a tune of his first recorded (with Done Gone) 30 years ago ("Old Red Mandolin"). Annie and I listened to an old recording of my mom, and found her rendition of the old time song "Long Time Travelin'." My mom's version was haunting and beautiful, accompanied by her mountain dulcimer, and Annie had the idea to play clawhammer banjo and to keep the modal, jangley sound. It seemed an appropriate coda for the album.
We never had the big photo shoot that usually accompanies a new project, but collected photos from everybody's childhood, along with current images from a few sources. Thanks to Mike Melnyk for some more lovely photos, and also to Tom Size for taking off his recording engineer's hat and putting on the hat of a photographer! Tom's great sound and the brilliant art design of Lisa Berman made it all work, and we LOVE the finished product!
The new CD has been getting a lot of enthusiastic responses -- and airplay. At the beginning of January, the title song has been climbing the Bluegrass Unlimited chart for a couple months and the album just entered the Top 15. Thanks to the DJs -- and you -- for all the support!
After four fabulous years, we waved goodbye to Dan Booth as he took off for Virginia to join Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. It's a good move for Dan, but sad for us. While we'll miss him, we wish him all the best! We had the opportunity to play with several fine bass players for the rest of the year, and when Cary Black joined us in November for our gigs in the Northwest, it really clicked. His wide vocabulary of styles, gorgeous tone, and groovy time suit us nicely, and we're honored that he's agreed to play with us in the New Year. Happy!
We're looking forward to some wonderful performing experiences in 2013! We'll be making a trip in April to the Midwest, playing in Indiana, and the Chicago area; I'm particularly excited to play in my hometown, Evanston, IL, at the renowned venue S.P.A.C.E. Then we have a sweet series of concerts and festivals (including Parkfield and Cloverdale) back in the Bay Area in May, with some time carved out for more recording.
June will see us all teaching at the California Bluegrass Association Summer Camp. Then it's festival and music camp season, with us scheduled at Rockygrass in Lyons, CO (I'm also teaching at their Academy), High Mountain Hay Fever in Westcliffe CO, Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, and finally Pickin' In The Pines in Flagstaff, AZ. Whew! Please visit the Schedule page for all the events and details.
Members of the KKB are plotting solo projects, so watch for more news about them as they get close to release dates. It's a prolific and varied group of musicians we've got here, all with lots to say. We feel lucky to have found each other and our common language. It gives us the opportunity to meet all you wonderful folks, see some beautiful places in the world, and have excellent food and drink wherever we go. How'd we get so lucky?
Please come see us at one or many of the wonderful venues over the next year, and don't forget to say howdy!
Posted May 6, 2009
The Kathy Kallick Band was recorded live in the KPFA studio on May 3rd 2009 on Tom Diamont's "Panhandle Country" program. It's 48 minutes LONG.
Posted April 30, 2009
Ray Edlund interviewed Kathy on April 26th, 2009 on his "Pig In A Pen" program on KPFA. The interview is 45 minutes long and can be listened to by clicking the play button below.
Posted March 20, 2009
Rick Jamison is a songwriter, guitarist, and painter from Northern California. He also maintains a blog titled On Songwriting: Musings On the Art Of Composing Original Music wherein he shares some of his thoughts on the matter, and regularly interviews other songwriters to get theirs. Rick's two part interview with Kathy Kallick was first published on Feb. 28th and March 8th, 2009.
Read Part 1 of the Kathy Kallick interview, [Rick Jamison, February 28, 2009]
Read Part 2 of the Kathy Kallick interview, [Rick Jamison, March 8, 2009]