Kathy Kallick Band brings blazing bluegrass to The Palms on Friday, Aug. 16

Kathy Kallick Band brings blazing bluegrass to The Palms on Aug. 16
Photo info (left-right): Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals), Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals), Kathy Kallick (lead vocals, guitar), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals) Cary Black (acoustic bass, vocals). Irene Young/Courtesy photo Photo caption: The Kathy Kallick Band––featuring (from left) Annie Staninec, Tom Bekeny, Kathy Kallick, Greg Booth and Cary Black––will bring music from their latest release to The Palms in Winters on Friday, Aug. 16. Irene Young/Courtesy photo

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There’s an ongoing debate in bluegrass circles between adherents of traditional, Bill Monroe-style music and other musicians’ enthusiasm for blending in contemporary influences.  The Kathy Kallick Band moves right past the talk to deliver music both traditional and contemporary with authority and flourish.  The Kathy Kallick Band will perform at The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Friday, Aug. 16 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 ($12 with student ID).  Kallick has been a leading figure in the vibrant California bluegrass scene since co-founding the internationally acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons with Laurie Lewis in the 1970s. They helped pioneer and expand women’s roles in bluegrass by making lead playing, songwriting and singing lead and harmony more accepted activities for women in what had an old boys’ club.  Seamless blending of traditional music and new songs is one of Kallick’s strengths. A prolific songwriter – she’s recorded over 150 of her own compositions––Kallick hits her stride combining the sound and style of trad bluegrass with her own fresh compositions.  As a lead vocalist, Kallick brings a clear, warm tone to a genre known for its high lonesome singing. She has won a Grammy and two IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) awards. She formed the Kathy Kallick Band in the 1990s. With members based in the Bay Area, Portland, Seattle and Anchorage, the quintet is definitely a West Coast outfit. Featuring Kallick on lead vocals and guitar, the KKB’s roots are in the Northern California bluegrass tradition of Monroe-style propulsive music that incorporates new songs and isn’t adverse to women’s contributions.  Crowd-pleasing fiddler Annie Staninec, who turned pro when she was 12 years old, can play with whip-like quickness or a lyrical lilt. She received the 2015 IBMA Instrumentalist Momentum Award, the 2008-2010 Fiddle Player of the Year awards from the Northern California Bluegrass Society and the 2006 Dudley Hill Award for Outstanding Young Musicians at Djangofest Northwest.  An in-demand musician, Staninec started touring with the Rod Stewart Band in 2015. Yes, pop-star, arena-touring Rod Stewart. Suffice to say, Staninec has range. Mandolinist Tom Bekeny has been playing with Kallick since 1996, is an alum of Laurie Lewis & Grant Street and has performed with Jerry Garcia, David Grisman and Peter Rowan. Bekeny is also the fiddler in High Country, plays mandolin in Bill Evans’ Bay Area all-star bluegrass combo Bangers & Grass and performs with gypsy jazz guitarist George Cole.  Bassist Cary Black has performed and recorded with Dan Hicks, the Harry James Orchestra, the Kingston Trio, Mark O’Connor, Boys of the Lough, Keith Little, Rose Maddox, Nina Gerber and Petula Clark. Like Bekeny, Black was a member of Laurie Lewis & Grant Street, and he sang and played bass on Lewis’ IBMA-winning Song of the Year “Who Will Watch the Home Place.”  Greg Booth started as a traditional bluegrass banjo player, but claims that long Alaskan nights lend themselves to musical exploration, leading to a style of his own. It also led to the Dobro––and Booth winning the RockyGrass dobro competition a year after picking up the instrument.  The KKB released their sixth album, “Horrible World,” last year. Don’t be dissuaded by the title; the second half of the lyric is “It’s a beautiful world,” and the album cover shows the band snuggling puppies instead of holding instruments.  Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.  For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and kathykallick.com.]]>

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