Donna Lynn Kay

Donna Lynn Kay

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

DONNA LYNN KAY is a Canadian singer and slide guitarist. Musically she draws her influences from the Mississippi Delta and from slide guitar greats like Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson and Muddy Waters. After 7 years in Austin she has recently returned home to Canada.

Biography

BACKGROUND
Donna Lynn Kay is a Canadian singer and slide guitarist. Musically, she draws her influences from the Mississippi Delta and from slide guitar greats like Robert Johnson, Son House, Blind Willie Johnson and Muddy Waters. After 7 years in Austin she has returned home to Canada. Donna's music is being played on radio stations in the USA and abroad. She can also be heard in Toronto on Danny Marks' show on JAZZ FM 91.1 Donna has recorded some original slide guitar work for movie of the week, Gospel of Deceit which airs in the USA and Canada.

MUSICAL STYLE
A mix of traditional Delta Blues Slide Guitar and more modern, ambient sensibilities. Critics have described her music as eerie and haunting. Her more recent work has branched out to include sampled beats, modern rhythms and ambient electronica. When asked how a woman from Sudbury came to play slide in a recent interview, Donna replied, "The first time I ever heard slide live was back many years ago when R.L. Burnside played the Horseshoe in Toronto. This music has an honesty and a soulfulness that reaches down inside of you. With every listen I seem to take away something new. I don't think anyone can ever really replicate the playing of the great masters but that's not the point. The secret is to find something of your own in the music."

IN AUSTIN, TEXAS
During her time in Austin, Donna Lynn was a regular on the Austin Blues Circuit, playing with such noted musicians as Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and the Muddy Waters Band. Donna was also the featured performer for the sneak preview concert party in celebration of the PBS series, The Blues by Martin Scorsese.

ELECTRIC BLUE
Electric Blue, Donna Lynn Kay's self-produced debut album, was released in 2003 in the USA to excellent reviews. Featuring a mixture of Delta Blues and original material, Electric Blue has just been released in Canada.

Lyrics

Take Me Dancing

Written By: Donna Lynn Kay/Dave Musson

I don't care what you've done
Or where it is that you come from
In your eyes I see a smile
Take off your hat and stay awhile

You told me that you're no good
But you tried your best when you could
Don't know what you want to be
But who you are is right for me

Take me dancing
In the moonlight
Take me dancing
Tonight, tonight

You told me that love's a weed
And a woman's kiss is just the seed
Hold me close in the shimmering light
Give me your heart tonight

Take me dancing
In the moonlight
Take me dancing
Tonight, tonight

Turn Back Time

Written By: Donna Lynn Kay/Dave Musson

I remember your name
I remember your face
You should see me smile when I
Remember that time
And remember that place
Maybe it's been too long

Maybe too much time has passed me by
For me to make your heart
A part of mine....

If I could keep you close to me
If I could change what was to be
If I knew then
What I know now
If I could turn back time somehow

I wonder now
If I found you somehow
Maybe it's been too long
Maybe we could try again
Back then it seemed like time would never end

If I could keep you close to me
If I could change what was to be
If I knew then
What I know now
If I could turn back time somehow

Discography

Electric Blue
Released 2006 in Canada

"Electric Blue" has garnered extensive radio airplay worldwide. Donna Lynn Kay can be heard in the USA, throughout Europe, Australia, Argentina and in Canada. In her hometown of Toronto "Electric Blue" is being played on Danny Marks' show on JAZZ FM 91.1; CIUT (University of Toronto); and CKLN (Ryerson University).

Set List

Donna Lynn Kay plays music by such great slide masters as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Son House and Muddy Waters. Her instrument of choice for intimate settings is a National Resolectric Guitar. Donna plays a Gibson Nighhawk for larger venues and Festival settings.

Set Length: 45 minutes
Number of Sets: 4

Some songs from Donna's set list include:
Come on in my Kitchen (Robert Johnson)
Cross Road Blues (Robert Johnson)
Love in Vain (Robert Johnson)
Drunken Hearted Man (Robert Johnson)
Walking Blues (Robert Johnson)
Sun Down (Son House)
Death Letter (Son House)
Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson)
Nobody's Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson)
Soul of a Man (Blind Willie Johnson)
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed & Burning (Blind Willie)
Feel Like Goin Home (Muddy Waters)
Can't Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
Roll and Tumble (Muddy Waters)
Louisiana Blues (Muddy Waters)
Country Blues (Muddy Waters)
Two Trains (Muddy Waters)
Waves of the Water (Fred McDowell)