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Kim Adams and the House Cats is a satisfying cover band whose repertoire is centered around blues, with healthy influences of jazz, swing, gospel, and soul.
This band's leanings tend to be varied and sometimes far-from-mainstream. "I'm drawn to songs that are lesser known", says the band's namesake, whose vocal stylings have been compared from Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin to Patsy Cline and Ella Fitzgerald. Although she laughingly doubts the comparisons, she declares "I'm flattered. I simply try to deliver a song with straight-ahead sincerity and passion." True enough.
Born and raised in a small town not far from Knoxville, Tennessee, Kim was weaned on country, southern gospel, and Appalachian music. "I believe my love of music comes from my Daddy, Samuel Franklin Adams. I'm still completely awestruck that he was a travelling bluegrass musician in the 1930's in the southern Smokey Mountains. He sang and played banjo, but didn't talk about that part of his life - until almost the end of his own. After serving in the war overseas, he returned home to a wife who wasn't too keen on him travelling around with his buddies. So, unfortunately, the music chapter of his life ended."
As a teenager, Kim emigrated to Montreal with her family. She has sung in several choirs, cutting her teeth with classicial music, traditional hymns, and gospel. She spent eleven years as the main soloist with a choir that performed in and around Montreal, one of those defining performances having been at the Montreal Jazz Festival. "I was lucky that my Daddy was able to attend one of my concerts before he passed away at 92. I know it tickled him to boast that my talent came from his genes! I had always adored singing, and when I sang gospel, I recognized something very familiar. It was then that I realized that gospel, blues and country were so intertwined, and so in my blood."
It was also in that choir that she met Ted Phillips, one of the House Cat musicians. Ted is an accomplished and respected pianist, composer, arranger, and former founder and director of a 20-voice vocal ensemble. The fortitude of their 18-year musical partnership is immediately apparent.
Joining them on bass is Michel Dansereau, whose notable onstage appearances include backing the strippers in the heyday of Montreal's psychedelic sixties!
On guitar is Bernard Yeo, who hails from Singapore, via London, England. His many years spent as a full-time, gigging musician lends a certain credence and experience to playing the blues.
Drummer Jeremiah Mitchell is a Concordia music graduate, who's currently pursuing a second music degree in order to establish a professional career teaching music. This is one versatile cat. Don't let Jeremiah's smooth brush work fool you; this man can let loose with raw blues just as well!
Vickie Mortensen rounds out the group with her backing vocals. A fan of folk and roots music, she lends her sweet harmonies to most of the songs in our repertoire.
These are talented musicians indeed! Kim, Ted, Michel, Bernie, Jeremiah and Vickie - but their true strength is witnessed when they appear on stage as the expressive and soulful Kim Adams and the House Cats.
Kim Adams and the House Cats
Kim Adams - Lead singer
Ted Phillips - Vocals, Piano
Michel Dansereau - Bass, background vocals
Bernard Yeo - Guitar, background vocals
Jeremiah Mitchell - Drums, background vocals
Vickie Mortensen - background vocals
Kim Adams and the House Cats can be heard on Internet Radio at www.RadioIndy.com and at www.jango.com.
All You Can Eat
You Don't Know Me - Duet
There Must Be A Better World Somewhere
Lullaby of Birdland
RadioIndy Review of Kim Adams and the House Cats
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Kim Adams and the House Cats. This CD has a great list of music and talent. Kim’s voice is bright a... Kim Adams and the House Cats. This CD has a great list of music and talent. Kim’s voice is bright and clear and very listenable. With “Come to Me” Kim is joined by the voices of the group. It gives the listener a great treat with the accompanying instruments of a great guitar lead and back up drums. This is a great sing-a-long tune. Kim shows great talent having followed her love most of her life and displays that experience with this CD. She is accompanied by her partner, Ted Phillips, respected pianist, composer, arranger on the piano. On guitar is Charles-Etienne Doucet, a classically trained guitarist of note. And talented drummer Dave Mosher adds his licks to this collection. Joining them on bass is Michel Dansereau an experienced musician. “True Love” gives display to drummer and guitar both in intro and throughout this selection. This is one of those CD that takes both jazz and country and blends them working together to make a simply great CD. If you like either of these genres you will love this.
-Lea & The RadioIndy Reviewer Team
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Our repertoire includes covers of blues, jazz, soul, gospel (and sometimes a little country blues), and would be suitable for outdoor venues, as well as indoor, soft-seater venues.
A typical repertoire would include covers of songs by Big Maybelle, Patsy Cline, Irma Thomas, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Benatar, Lou Ann Barton, BB King, Susan Tedeschi, Koko Taylor, Bill Withers, and Emmylou Harris.
Depending on the event and venue, typical sets are anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour in duration. We can offer one, two, or three sets, and are quite adept in tailoring our sets for your particular event and venue.