APRIL DATES WITH GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS
"The lovely Western swing found on On High might be best described as a feminine companion piece to Neil Young's Harvest, but Maki never loses sight of her own destination." - American Songwriter
"Like the best country singers, alt or otherwise, Maki's voice is conversational yet somehow self-contained, as if it'd be quite happy talking to itself sitting on an open plain, or whistling to itself behind a wheel." - Mojo
"On High is an eclectic buffet of old-time folk/blues and country/rock that's at times very Giant Sand-like in its idiosyncrasies without sacrificing one whit of Maki's distinctive personality." - Harp
Northern Ontario's Kate Maki and her band will be opening for the Great Lake Swimmers on their North American spring tour which begins in Canada in March 2009, and ventures to the U.S. in April 2009.
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Kate's third album, On High, was released in February 2008 to rave reviews, and it continues to receive praise and radio play. The album's single "Blue Morning" was selected as NPR's "Song of the Day," KCRW's "Today's Top Tune," and WXPN's "Morning Download" whose program director, Bruce Warren, described the album as "an acoustic record of simple beauty. You can hear the space between the notes and the sighs between the chord changes. Sometimes this record reminds me of Neil Young's After The Goldrush in that it touches emotions with effortless sentiment and it also reminds me of Iris Dement's country-folk classic Infamous Angel. Pure and innocent as Canadian Snow."
Co-produced with legendary Tucson, Arizona phenomenon Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), the album was recorded at Little Bullhorn Studios in Ottawa, Ontario over a period of five days in March 2007, and features Howe on piano and guitar, Dave Draves on optigan and organ, Dale Murray (Hayden) on pedal steel and guitar, and Nathan Lawr (Royal City) on drums. Kate and Howe met at a show in Toronto, Ontario in 2004 where the young singer made a lasting impression on the desert rocker, very much like M. Ward (Gelb released Ward's debut in 2000) did some years back, and Gelb eventually signed Maki to his label, OWOM.
"Kate's a hardy country type of pioneer woman. Her guitar pickin' rhythm is like a drum, and she can belt out, even when she is quiet, like a storm," says Gelb. "Her music carries its own necessity of illuminating and her songs represent what the Canadians have, a real natural beauty of writing tunes that feel like a friend you've never met, but that you've known forever."
Kate's debut Confusion Unlimited and follow-up The Sun Will Find Us were both recognized as "Album of the Year" at the Northern Ontario Music & Film Awards in 2004 and 2005. Fans can expect a new album to surface before the end of 2009.
U.S. Tour Dates:
Tuesday, March 31 - Seattle, WA: The Tractor Tavern
Wednesday, April 1 - Portland, OR: Doug Fir
Friday, April 3 - San Francisco, CA: Bottom of the Hill
Saturday, April 4 - Los Angeles, CA: Spaceland
Sunday, April 5 - Tucson, AZ: Plush
Tuesday, April 7 - Austin, TX: Stubbs Bar-B-Q
Wednesday, April 8 - Denton, TX: Hailey's
Friday, April 10 - Atlanta, GA: The Earl
Saturday, April 11 - Asheville, NC: Grey Eagle Tavern
Monday, April 13 - Charlottesville, VA: Gravity Lounge
Tuesday, April 14 - Washington, DC: Black Cat
Wednesday, April 15 - Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
Thursday, April 16 - Northampton, MA: Iron Horse Music Hall
Friday, April 17 - New York City, NY: The Bowery Ballroom
Saturday, April 18 - Cambridge, MA: The Brattle Theater
Monday, April 20 - Newport, KY: The Southgate House
Tuesday, April 21 - Chicago, IL: Schubas
Wednesday, April 22 - Minneapolis, MN: 7th Street Entry
Thursday, April 23 - Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon
For full listing of Kate Maki's tour dates including the Canadian dates in March pop over here.