Kate Steele

Kate Steele

 Victoria, British Columbia, CAN
BandFolkCountry

Haunting, narrative-driven folk/alt country. Compared to Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant. Currently #6 on Earshot Folk/Roots chart (Canadian College Radio Chart).

Biography

Kate Steele lives in Victoria, BC. She spent her childhood in a handful of small towns in Saskatchewan. She has also lived, worked and performed in the U.S. midwest, an island off the south coast of Japan and the middle east.

It's possible to see all of these places and the people Kate's met in the songs of her debut album, Curve of the Earth.

Saskatchewan's landscape plays powerfully in Kate's lyrics and music and she maintains strong ties with her family there. In BC, reviewers and fans have picked up on her small town roots, noting a warmth and a lack of pretension in both her music and her shows.

Steele's musical influences include Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Sarah Harmer and Bob Dylan.

Her attention to lyrics developed in part through her appreciation of these songwriters and through her study of writing in university.

Lyrics

Bus Stop

Written By: Kate Steele

When those girls came so close today
So close you could smell their hair
You could have touched their hands
How did you feel?

You rushed to take cover under the bus shelter
There was no other seat
So they sat beside you
Huddled together they talked about
What did they talk about?
School or sex or lipstick
Or nothing at all

When the bus pulled up there was a flurry
A magnificent moment of chaos
When everything was equal
There was no time to notice
Whose shoes weren't cool
Who was standing beside who

When those girls came so close today
So close you could smell their hair
You could have touched their hands
How did you feel?
They moved something in you
I saw you smile

Railway Breeze

Written By: Kate Steele

Think I'll take a walk
It's cool now after dark
Listen to the railway breeze
Baby how I need you, please
The truth is I could sure use you now
It's true
Hey I could sure use you now

Been thinking about our sighs
Oh, across these lines
How hard it's been to know
If you've sunk, or if you'd show
Don't think I can't feel you now
Don't think that I don't wanna
Feel you now

Somewhere around this time of day
You find it hard to stay
Remember that field we found
Beside the highway, not a sound
You said you could see to the curve of the earth
You said you could see to the curve of the earth

Discography

Curve of the Earth, 2008

Set List

Time Out of Mind
Why Do We Suffer
Railway Breeze
Thank You
You Think You Know
First to Lose
Up, Up, Up
Lonely Moon
Talking to Him
Wayward King
Pretty One
Trouble
Church Bells
The Other Side
Bus Stop

Typically, my sets are about an hour and a half, broken into two 45 minute sets. Covers include Aimee Mann, Smokey Robinson, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Gillian Welch, Elvis Costello. I often play solo.