Happy New Year! Hope the holidays treated everyone well. Please be sure to visit the contact page and sign my mailing list, so I can keep you up to date about upcoming shows and releases! Hope to see you soon!
Back from the Americana Music Association Conference and Festival!
Stellar time– First time in Nashville. Feeling warmed up and inspired by SO MUCH good music. Had some fun playing at Jack Scott’s songwriter night at the Indigo on Tuesday, then dove into the conference and festival with both feet over the next few days. Met lots of cool folks from around the US and Canada. Highlights were many, and much is a blur. Late nights and random chats, but here are a few key things I WILL remember:
1. Bonnie Raitt, (AMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for performance for 2012) interviewed by Ann Powers. She gets more beautiful and cooler every time I see her. Spoke eloquently about the perils and joys of the music business and the current political situation (the “auction” season).
2. The Americana Music Association Awards ceremony at the historic Rhyman with house band: Buddy Miller, Don Was, Larry Campbell, Brady Blades and Rami Jaffee; Guy Clark, Richard Thompson, Bonnie Raitt and many others performed with them. So much goodness, it almost blew the roof off the place.
3. Phil Madeira with special guests (Emmylou Harris, Shawn Mullins, Kasey Chambers, and many more) at the gorgeous Downtown Church where Patty Griffin recorded her album of that name.
4. Whitehorse at the High Watt and again at Second Fiddle. Watch for them if they come anywhere near you. They are smokin’ hot. Damn Canadians– must be the water?
5. Eilen Jewell at the High Watt!
6. Corb Lund and Darrel Scott (not together) at Mercy Lounge
7. Reconnecting with an old friend, Lannae Long; being taken to dinner by her and her honey Matt Andrews to a beautiful locavore farm to table restaurant called City House. Matt also gave me a tour of the studio where he works, Sound Emporium, Nashville’s oldest continually operating recording studio. Matt has been involved with a mighty list of little projects… most recently recognized for his work with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawling’s, recording Harrow and the Harvest (Grammy nominee for best Folk Album of the year, winner of the AMA’s Best album of the year). He also engineered the “Oh! Brother Where Art Thou” soundtrack there and Old Crow’s first record. Yeah. Nuff said.
Overall, it was a GREAT trip, and I do hope to get back there in April, if anyone wants to join me!! OK, now I must get some sleeeeeep. Peace out my friends!
HOLY MOLY! I am heading to Nashville in the morning!! Tomorrow (Tuesday) night, Sept 11th, I’m playing a three song set at The Hotel Indigo, 301 Union Street, in Downtown Nashville. My set is at 6:45 PM EST, and it will be webcast. To watch live from music city, go to http://www.writerartist.com/indigo.htm
Then Weds through Saturday, I’ll be checking out the music and mayhem at the Americana Music Association Festival and conference. So excited for this journey! I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for listening!
Back from a really fun and productive time in the NW. Had some great shows, and it was especially fun to play with Dan Tyack a couple of times. Thanks so much to the old friends and new who came out to the shows! Also loved doing some radio spots and covering a fair bit of ground (3000 miles or so).
Continued Radio LOVE for Big Big Love, as the CD has been creeping up this month from #24 to #11 in the FAR (Free-form American Roots) Chart! To check out the chart, click here.
- John Conquest, who runs the FAR charts, and is the publisher of 3rd Coast Music Magazine out of Austin TX reviewed Big Big Love in the April issue! Click here to see a pdf of the review: 13RevsApril12.
“Blessed with a huge contralto, Chorover doesn’t just have power and range to spare, her voice is wonderfully expressive, brimming with emotional depth, as are her nine originals, particularly Movin’ On and Little Bird. She even scores points with her covers, Townes Van Zandt’s rarely recorded Brother Flower, and Ewan McColl’s Dirty Old Town (which Van Zandt himself also covered). On top of all this, she’s superbly served by producer Casey Neill, who delivers a crisp, wide open spaces sound behind her. I know nothing about Portland’s A-list musicians, but will happily take the one-sheet’s word for it that these handpicked musos are the cream of the local crop.” **** (four stars)
- From Eric Eyl, Denver Post / HeyReverb.com:
Though Chorover’s twangy delivery places her squarely in a country and Americana tradition, her songs have soul that seems to be drawn from blues and gospel music. With aching honesty, goose bump harmonies and simple strength, the veteran musician emerges from her hiatus with a record that will introduce her to a a whole new world of fans.”
- Ben Welp of The Grateful Web, wrote a lovely interview and review of my Denver show at the Gypsy House. Here’s a link for that one: http://www.gratefulweb.com/articles/grateful-web-interview-katya-chorover
Happy Spring! Hope the sun is shining wherever you are!
SO EXCITED!! I leave tomorrow for my tour, starting with a show in Denver at the Gypsy House Cafe. There was a great feature, called “Steal this Track” to highlight the upcoming show on the Denver Post’s “Reverb” Blog today!
And, yesterday, we got word, that Easy Ed, over at the iconic No Depression (online) Magazine, featured me in is own private festival, along with a bunch of great bands! What an honor! Thanks Ed!! http://www.nodepression.com/profiles/blogs/festival-frenzy-recap-easy-by-easy-ed-west
Hope to see you at one of the fine venues I’ll be visiting over the next couple of weeks!! Be sure and pass the word to friends and family along the way!
As I write this, the snow is coming down sideways outside my window here in Colorado. I do love the full cycle of seasons that we get to enjoy out here in the mountains.
I’m getting geared up and excited for another round of shows in the Front Range, and in the Pacific Northwest in late March, early April! Please check the schedule page for details on the tour.
It’s been a fantastic couple of months since the CD has been sent out to radio and press all over the US and Canada!
Such exciting news continues to come in! Big Big Love is getting some real radio love, and consistent plays around the US and the world!!
Big Big Love is #5 on this week’s Roots Music Report, a list compiling over 500 international stations: http://rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=charts&name=altcountry
And #2 for the state of Colorado!
And, the CD was sitting happily at #9 on the Folk DJ List for January: http://www.folkradio.org
Here’s a link to a nice little blog review:
Big Big Love will also be featured in the next quarterly issue of the Canadian Roots Music magazine, Penguin Eggs! Well known music writer J. Poet crafted a lovely tale of intrigue, tracing the winding path of my musical journey. Check it out online and on independent bookstore shelves after March 5th… “The band on Big Big Love crackles and Chorover’s vocals wrap around you like a favourite blanket on a cold night.” J. Poet, Penguin Eggs U.K.
Upcoming SPRING SHOWS (Venue info and show details on the Schedule page)
March 23, 2012 Denver CO The Gypsy House Cafe
March 25, 2012: Fort Collins, CO: Avogadro’s Number
March 25, 2012: On air radio interview 1:00 PM (MST) on KRFC, Fort Collins, Colorado; with Lenny Epstein on The Folk Show. Streaming on the web at http://www.krfcfm.org/programming/krfc-live-stream/
March 28, 2012: Vancouver, WA: The Grant House
March 29, 2012: Seattle, WA : Private houseconcert
March 30, 2012: Seattle, WA. : Egan’s Ballard Jam House (with Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro)
March 31, 2012: Olympia, WA: Traditions Fair Trade Cafe (with Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro)
April 1, 2012: Portland, OR: Houseconcert (with Dan Tyack on pedal steel and dobro)
April 4, 2012: Vancouver, WA: The Grant House
April 6, 2012: On air interview on KLCC, Eugene public radio on the “Living Large” show with Eric Allen 1:15
April 6, 2012: Cottage Grove, OR The Axe and Fiddle Public House
June 2, 2012: Dolores River Fest, Mainstage! Full band show!
June 3, 2012: Cambridge, MA, Club Passim!! Split bill with Casey Neill (flying out of Albuquerque at 6 am to play this one!)
Hope to see you on the road!!
Thanks to the hard work of the good folks at Hearth Music, a NW-based music promotion company, “Big Big Love” has been sent out to radio and press all across the country and there has been fast and enthusiastic response! So far, the CD has been played on stations in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Washington State; Montreal, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; and just today, in Israel. The CD has also been heard on several well-known Americana webcasts heard throughout the world on the web!
Here’s what some of the DJs are saying:
“New to me, but love, love, love her singing!!”
- Gerry Goodfriend of CKUT, Montreal
“Just got Katya’s CD on Thursday. It’s great! I’ll pass along to our Folk programmer here at the station. Guaranteed airplay!”
- Dan Joseph, Music Director, CKWR, Waterloo, Ontario
“Katya Chorover has received eight spins so far this week here at WERU. Our Americana morning drive disc jockeys seem to love the
album so far. Thanks for sending it along to us!”
- Denis Howard, Music Director WERU, Blue Hill, Maine
And, this note was sent to Hearth Music by Norm Mast, of WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana:
I just got your card sent to me… I’ve wanted to let you know for some time how much I appreciate the variety of sounds you’ve sent my way since your beginning. Not all of your music ‘fits’ my show, but a fair amount is suitable for the Porch. Your latest mailing of Katya Chorover is a prime example of this. She is not the typical sound listeners of the Back Porch will hear on a Sunday night, but I am not afraid to press the envelope when I host the show. Below is an email I received which says it all… Thanks for sending music that makes my listeners happy!
…I was absolutely bowled over with Katya Chorover doing “Brother Flower”…WOW!! I loved it! …That tune was special with the folky sound along with pedal steel and electric guitar etc. Perfect! …Hearing what Katya and the musicians came up with warms my heart and the fact that you played it on your show… Nice choice!’”
And, sent to Norm’s FB page for his show, The Back Porch:
“Thanks for turning me on to Katya Chorover! Just made my first new music purchase of 2012!”
We’d LOVE to know if you hear the music on your local radio station! And hey, if you haven’t, feel free to call in and request it!
Meanwhile some other lovely press items are trickling in:
Joshua Farber at Cover Lay Down, an influential and popular blog about covers of traditional/folk music listed my cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Brother Flower” as one of “The Year’s Best Singles”. He put it up as part of a mix with a bunch of other really cool artists here:
Thanks, DJs for all the support!
LONG LIVE community radio, the life blood of independent music!
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, peaceful new year!