Kathy Kallick 'Cut to the Chase' - Self-Release

This West Coast Bluegrass artist has released 17 recordings over a long and distinguished career. Here Kathy delivers thirteen tracks that she describes as ‘story songs’. Several were written in collaboration with English singer-songwriter Clive Gregson and while the flavours of bluegrass and acoustic Americana are never absent, there are also lots of new elements present.

Pedal steel guitar blends seamlessly with mandolin and fiddle on a number of songs to deliver a high standard of musicianship and an impressive maturity that is appealing. Feet on the Ground and Not as Lonesome as Me, are two songs that showcase this fine interplay between musicians and my advance copy does not tell me who plays what; just that seventeen different musicians join Kathy at various points along this musical map. This is an impressive and strong release.