February 7, 2013
Reid brings Third Wave style of music to Bozzini's Feb 16
Released by Mano, Bozzini's Restaurant/Copy courtesy of Richard Flohil
the all-persuasions crowds drawn to her shows, Reid is doing it for
the ladies and everyone else with a yen for her fiery performances
and rare ability to glide from laugh-aloud sing-alongs to intense
tales about the price some pay in staying true to their own
trailblazing sexual identities.
Critics have been
cheering her on as much as her diehard fans and the new album
follows the wave of acclaim that
greeted 2009's "I’m Just Warming Up". Indeed, Reid was voted
Favourite New Discovery of 2009 by Penguin Eggs Magazine (Canada's
Folk, Roots and World magazine) critics, received a Canadian Folk
Music Award nomination for Best New/Emerging Artist of the Year
(2009), a Toronto Independent Music Award nomination for Best
Acoustic Album (2010). In the interim she has toured like a
flame-haired banshee while nurturing a grassroots audience that now
stretches east across Canada and south into the U.S.
Reid now lives on idyllic Bowen Island just north of Vancouver
following years in the heart of Vancity’s culturally diverse east
side. Known for a style she once termed “slam poetry meets folk
music,” the farm girl raised in Ayr, Ontario has dialled in more
directly on the folk, country and roots directions hinted at on the
last album and her 2006 debut, "Comin' Alive". She cites some of her
influences from folk, country and rock genres alike: Ferron, Ani
Difranco, Tracy Chapman, Indigo Girls, Ridley Bent, k.d.lang, Johnny
Cash, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Dixie Chicks, The Allman Brothers,
Bob Dylan, Neil Young along with comediennes like Ellen DeGeneres
and Margaret Cho. She credits Toronto-based producer, Adam King
(Jill Barber, Jully Black, the Good Lovelies) for the sparkling
sound of "Doing it for the Chicks", high five-ing the cast of
musicians who augmented her own guitar and harmonica with lap steel,
banjo, fiddle and mandolin and percussion.
Passionately delivering alt-culture songs that move audiences to
laugh, think and cry is Reid’s strength, and the new disc’s 11
originals (plus that one Zeppelin cover) showcase her fast-talking
humour, activist spirit and compassionate take on life’s bittersweet
truths. The title track, Doing it for the Chicks was written in
response to a man who agreed to host a house concert for Reid before
realizing that not only is she queer, she sings about it too.
Revolution is a hard-hitting protest song about violence against
women. Isn’t No Drama Queen chronicles the struggles of being out
and speaks to the queer youth suicides that dominated the media in
the fall of 2010. My Baby’s in the Beer Tent Again is already a
crowd favourite on the festival circuit. And while a real-life,
cross-dressing tugboat driver from Nanaimo, BC inspired Captain
Cupcake and the Cambie Hotel, Closet Femme is a hilarious
confessional about Reid’s own penchant for cross-dressing.
Kate Reid continues to build her audience by touring across the
country and down in the US. And, she'll be unapologetically flying
the flag whether performing for large festival audiences, in clubs,
house concerts or Pride events across the country. Says Reid, “I
definitely like shaking up opinions and perceptions. And yet, it
seems that my lyrics resonate with people from all walks of life,
because the songs aren't really about being queer, they are about
being human. I also love seeing people howl, tap their feet and
respond to what I am singing about, whether they get teary or they
bust a gut laughing. That’s when I know I am doing my job right.”
"Anyone who'd write a song called "The Only Dyke at the Open Mic"
deserves a medal. And when she follows it up with "I'd Go Straight
for Ridley Bent" and "Co-op Girlz" (about trying to pick up chicks a
health food store), she should be eligible for the Order of Canada.
A woman who breaks the stereotypes and makes us all think as well as
laugh. I am, not so secretly, in love with this woman!" - Richard
“....gut-splittingly funny” - Stuart Derdeyn, The Vancouver Province
Kate Reid is, quite simply, one of the best songwriters to emerge
from the Canadian folk roots scene since David Francey. -Tim Readman,
Penguin Eggs Magazine #44, 2009
Saturday Feb 9 2012.
Doors 8:00 Show 9:30. Tickets $ 15. Available now at Bozzini's or
call 604 792 0744 to reserve by phone.
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