Kennedy’s self-titled debut album will be treated to a full band release show at The Rockland in Saint John on March 26.
Catherine Kennedy made her debut in 2018 with the delightfully elegant Fifty-Fifty Chance EP, a four song release that’s perfect pairing of voice and acoustic guitar introduced Kennedy as an emerging artist worthy of our attention. Since that time she has been working away on completing her full length debut album, a project that has continued to redefine itself from the outset.
“The project has been in the works for about three years and has shifted creatively since the beginning,” said Kennedy. “It started off with the vision of it being a solo album, but a lot of time has gone into delicately adding a group to the mix.”
Joined by Josh McKinley on guitar, Sandy Mackay on bass and Clinton Charlton on drums, Kennedy shared the album’s first single, Sam, near the tail end of 2021. With a deep in the pocket groove that saunters along at a lazy pace behind a vocal delivery firmly planted somewhere between Nora Jones’ debut Come Away With Me and that Escondida era Jolie Holland, Sam is both a major creative step forward for Kennedy and a throwback to the early 2000s when blues musicians seemed to be gaining a wealth of attention all over the Atlantic region. That’s not to say the regional nostalgia present on Sam speaks entirely to a bygone era but may instead be a harbinger of things to come and a strong reminder of music’s cyclical existence.
Described by Kennedy as “a great contrast” to her debut EP, her self-titled debut arrives on streaming services March 27, following the release show.
Catherine Kennedy Album Release Concert | March 26 | The Rockland (Saint John) | 7 p.m. | View Event