Saturday, July 19, 2014, 3:00 PM
A favorite of the Festival as Big Band singer, Kathleen Grace returns with her own band and her own songs that fuse the musical language of jazz, rock and folk with extraordinary storytelling abilities.
“Smart, alluring and evocative” (Washington Post), Kathleen Grace has traveled the world sharing her country, folk and jazz inspired music with audiences from New York to Peru. Her latest release, No Place to Fall, presents Grace’s dynamic original songs alongside revelatory covers of artists as diverse as Duke Ellington, Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and The Meat Puppets. Grace’s trademark pure sound and deep lyrical connection infuse every moment of the album, from her deliciously honky-tonk interpretations of standards, to her own original music. The LA Times has described Grace’s latest project as “Haunting steel-guitar riffs crossed with Grace’s jazz-infused interpretations? Pure buttah!” The ten tracks on No Place to Fall were produced by Sheldon Gomberg whose recent work with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite just won the 2014 Grammy for Best Blues Album. Grace will be joined on tour this summer by longtime Nashville and LA-based guitarist David Steele, who has spent years performing with John Prine, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams. Her frequent collaborator, Erik Kertes, will join her on bass.