Kara Grainger. Grand and Green River.
"There's a whole lot of Bonnie Raitt in songs on Grand and Green
River. Grainger's alternately throaty and honeyed voice floats over
a slickly produced bed of bluesy accompaniment."
Imagine this artist: classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals,
and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very
few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the
hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger,
who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues
and soul music. After nearly 2 years in the United States, Kara Grainger
is returning to Australia to release her debut album Grand And Green
River which will be released through Inertia on May 24th. The album,
which was recorded in Los Angeles with producer David Kalish (Rickie
Lee Jones, Ben Harper) and Barrie Maguire (Amos Lee) at the helm, showcases
a stunning line up of some of America!s most celebrated musicians -
blues/jazz guitarist Eric Johnson, Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, John
Lee Hooker), Jeff Young (Jackson Browne, Sting) Richie Hayward (Little
Feat), Arnold McCuller (James Taylor), and Grammy Award winning pianist
Joel Guzman (Los Lobos). The album includes a duet with Blue Note artist
Amos Lee with whom she toured nationally in 2007.
On My Way (Featuring Amos Lee)
"Amos is a very special person, incredibly gifted in melody and
lyric writing. He was finishing his session at Redstar recording studios
and overheard a track we were working on entitled On My Way. He has
a great love for blues and soul, as with most people who come from
the Philadelphia music scene and being a musician at heart he was thrilled
to be part of the Song. Although it was not written as a duo, no lyrics
needed to be changed and it still came out feeling very natural. On
My Way can be interpreted as making your way back to the one you love
after traveling all over the world or on a more spiritual side it just
means that no matter where I travel I'm just on my way to that home
in the sky."