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Servin' up songs chock full of almost all the sweat, grit, tragedy, bare truth, deep love & sacrifice that you can squeeze out of the blues.
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- - - - - - WILDSANG CDs available at wildsang.com, or cdbaby.com - - - - - - *Independent Music Awards FINALIST for "JOSIE" Best Blues song - 2005. *Pasatiempos Best New Mexico Album "SKY DIRT SPEAK OUT TRUTH" - 2003. WILDSANG delivers songs chock full of all the sweat, grit, tragedy, bare truth, desperation, deep love and sacrifice you can squeeze out of the blues. WILDSANG makes a ton of sound for two people. They grab hold from the first guitar strum and harmonica wail with a gripping, energetic sound as full as an entire band, speaking the truth of the Blues from the core of the cellular memory of the American Experience. They are a trip back in time to the early years of blues. Soaring harp. Crying slide guitar. Scorching vocals. Real emotion. This is the Real Deal. It is an answer to the old time male blues singers. It is feminist blues. Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton would be proud.
Band/artist history
*Independent Music Awards FINALIST for "JOSIE" Best Blues song - 2005. *Pasatiempo's Best New Mexico Blues Album "SKY DIRT SPEAK OUT TRUTH" - 2003. WILDSANG makes a ton of sound for two people. They grab hold from the first guitar strum and harmonica wail with a gripping, energetic sound as full as an entire band, speaking the truth of the Blues from the core of the cellular memory of the American Experience. They are a trip back in time to the early years of blues. Soaring harp. Crying slide guitar. Scorching vocals. Real emotion. This is the Real Deal. It is an answer to the old time male blues singers. It is feminist blues. Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton would be proud. Hillary Kay's roots are buried deep in the black musical tradition and she grew up steeped in music of all kinds. In the Kay home Brahms, or Bach could easily be followed by Mississippi prison field hollers, or James Brown. Joe "King" Oliver (and his Creole Jazz Band), one of the originators of jazz music & Louis Armstrong's mentor, is her great uncle and classical composer Ulysses Kay is her father. Hillary's mother - Freedom Rider Barbara Kay - marched side by side with Dr. King and was arrested and imprisoned in Mississippi's Parchman Penitentiary in the fight for voting rights and racial equality. It was the Freedom Songs that fueled the spirits of the protestors through their trials in the jails, and this same spirit lives on in Hillary's voice and music. Hillary has had the opportunity to work with many great musicians, including Reggae artist Annette Brissette & Sistrens, Bev Grant & the Human Condition, Ubaka Hill & the Shapeshifters, pop singer Sophie B.Hawkins, Gwen Avery, Maxine Feldman, Suhir Blackeagle, Suzanne Shaunbaum and The Berkeley Women's Music Collective and Canadian artist Lucy Blue Tremblay. Then, inspired by the music of Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Patton, Big Momma Thornton, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt and Son House, Hillary acquired a resonator guitar and embarked on a trip into the deep blues. She is still on what has become a life journey. Kate Freeman fell in love with the blues the moment she heard Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Momma Thornton in 1964. Next, she picked up a $2.00 Hohner Blues Harp and never put it down. Shortly thereafter, the richness and spirit of the music from the Mississippi Delta and North Carolina's Piedmont Plateau got under Kate's skin and there began a lifetime love affair with the blues. A San Francisco native, Kate was surrounded by the musical greats of the Sixties. At any given time you could be jammin' or hangin' with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin & Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, or Moby Grape. You never knew who would be around the corner and music and magic were definitely alive and well. Kate dedicated her life to the blues over thirty-five years ago and this dedication has never wavered. Norman Darwen, of Harmonica World Magazine stated Kates playing ranges from barely restrained rage on Aint No Strange Fruit and chugging rhythmic support on Spoonful, to the sweetly melodic Big Top Circus and the less is more approach on My Baby the epitome of the wisdom of a few well chosen notes. After performing together, "FANG", aka Tom Byrd Hoskins - the man who discovered Mississippi John Hurt - said of Kate Freeman "you're the finest harmonica player I've ever heard". Humbling praise that moves one to strive for excellence. WILDSANG has shared the stage with, Taj Mahal, Ani DiFranco, Corey Harris, Gov't Mule, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Iris Dement, Ritchie Havens, Eliza Gylkison, Sophie B. Hawkins, Chris Williamson, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Buffy Saint Marie, Arlo Guthrie, Rick Danko of The Band, Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Tony Furtado & The American Gypsies, Henry Butler, John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pete Seeger, Janis Ian, Toshi Regan, Judy Mowatt of the I-Threes (Bob Marley's back up singers). WILDSANG CDs: BLUES (2001); SKY DIRT SPEAK OUT TRUTH (2003). Available online at www.wildsang.com, or write - wildsang@wildsang.com.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
WILDSANG plays anywhere the Blues is welcome. SPECIAL MOMENT - Performing two sets at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival!!!
Your musical influences
Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Patton, Big Momma Thornton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Little Walter, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, Odetta, Sippy Wallace, Son House, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Guy Davis, Rory Block.
What equipment do you use?
1935 Martin 0-17, 1933 National Resonator-style O, Gibson-Dobro Resonator, S.B. McDonald Electric Resonator, 1995 PRS Electric Guitar & Mesa Boogie Heartbreaker Tube Amp. Hohner Blues Harps, Lee Oskar Harps & Victoria '59 Bassman Tube Amp.
Anything else?
Stay Blue ... we'll see ya'll out there on the road.
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