Katie Pearlman

Katie Pearlman

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

If Bonnie Raitt and Don Henley had a daughter, her name would be Katie Pearlman.

Biography

"Katie ultimately sings about life’s unforgettable experiences, both the good and bad, and those joyful and regretful."
- Matthew Mendoza, My Crazy Music Blog

Katie Pearlman is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist best known to Northeast music audiences for her prowess on the drums, which she’s been playing since she was 10. More recently, she’s stepped out from behind the drum kit and sought to connect with audiences more intimately with her voice and an acoustic guitar. Katie’s recently released third album, Girls Like Us, features 12 story songs celebrating women who have been through life experiences and come out on top. It was inspired by Andrea Buchanan’s book Note to Self: 30 Women on Hardship, Humiliation, Heartbreak & Overcoming It All.

While Katie’s previous recordings and live performances have veered more to pop-rock and jam-band stylings, Girls Like Us has more of an Americana feel and features a new band (including her husband, Jeff) and harmony vocals by Cathy Kreger and Jessie Haynes. Although she does not compare herself to any of them, Katie admires the musical work of Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack and Lori McKenna.

Katie performs solo acoustic or with musical accompaniment, depending on the venue.

Website: www.katiepearlman.com

Some Notable performances:

RhythmFest in Ohio
Rivertown Showdown Songwriting Contest in Columbus, GA
Utica Music Fest in Utica, NY
Bellport Singer Songwriter Series, Bellport, NY
Floyd Fest in Floyd, VA - 12,000 people!!!
Be-in Festival in Patchogue, NY
Musefest in Ithaca, NY
Comes A Time Neil Young Festival in Burlington, VT
Evolvefest at sussex county fairgrounds in nj
Patchogue Theatre Live in the Lobby Songwriter Showcase
Park City TV in Park City, UT

Some Notable venues played:

Patchogue Theatre in NY
Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, GA
The Bitter End in NYC
Kenny’s Castaways in NYC
Sullivan Hall in NYC
Mexicali Blues in NJ
Stanhope House in NJ
Nectar’s in Burlington, VT
Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA
The Loft in Columbus, GA

Katie Pearlman is on the radio...

Hit number #1 on CMJ Chart in Ohio and #4 in Pennsylvania

WUSR 99.5 FM (Scranton, PA)
WYBF 89.1 FM (Springfield, PA)
WVOF 88.5 FM (Fairfield, CT)
KRVS 88.7 FM (Lafayette, LA)
WECS 90.1 FM (Willimantic, CT)
KALA 88.5 FM (Davenport, IA)
WDPS (Dayton, OH)
WGAO 88.3 FM (Franklin, MA)
WIZN 106.7 FM (Burlington, VT)
WPRK1 (Orlando, FL)
WSGE 91.7 FM (Greensboro, NC)
KABF 88.3 FM (Little Rock, AR)
KKFI 90.1 FM (Kansas City, MO)
KRVM 91.9 FM (Eugene, OR)
WAER 88.3 FM (Syracuse, NY)
WKRL 100.9 FM (North Syracuse, NY)
WSCS 90.9 FM (New London, NH)
WNTI 91.9 FM (Hackettstown, NJ)
WBFO 88.7 FM (Buffalo, NY)
WFSK 88.1 FM (Nashville, TN)
WIDB (Carbondale, IL)
WMPG 90.9 FM (Portland, ME)
WNHU 88.7 FM (West Haven, CT)
WPKN 89.5 FM (Westport, CT)
KOTO 91.7 FM (Telluride, CO)
KPFT 90.1 FM (Houston, TX)
WERU 89.9 FM (E. Orland, ME)
WSJU (Jamaica, NY)
WUSB (Stony Brook, NY)
WBKM.org (Burlington, VT)
WGDR 91.1 FM (Plainfield, VT)
WSUS (Franklin, NJ)
WLIR (New York)
WVIA (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, PA)
KBAC 98.1 FM (Santa Fe, NM)
KDNK 88.1 FM (Carbondale, CO)
KMUD 91.1 FM (Redway, CA)
WMHB 89.7 FM (Waterville, ME)
KBUT 90.3 FM (Crested Butte, CO)
KRSC 91.3 FM (Claremore, OK)
KVDU (Denver, CO)
WBOR 91.1 FM (Brunswick, ME)
WCKG 105.9FM (Chicago, IL)
WDBX 91.1 FM (Carbondale, IL)
WDCE 90.1 FM (Richmond, VA)
WLOY (Baltimore, MD)
WMEB 91.9 FM (Orono, ME)
WMPG 90.9 FM (Westbrook/Portland, ME)
WPKN 89.5 FM (Bridgeport, CT)

Lyrics

Dinner With The McCrays

Written By: Katie Pearlman

Pulled pork and coleslaw
Peach cobbler and a southern twang
In Dallas, Texas
is where I met the McCray’s

I saw the hurricane Katrina on TV
I had to do something
Cause what if it were me?
I went down to the Red Cross
To work with refugees
That’s where I met all the McCray’s

I was a single woman
4 kids of my own
Had a house with 4 bedrooms and a living room
I figured we could fit 20
And that’s just what we did
We welcomed in all 20 McCray’s

And we had…
Pulled pork and coleslaw
Peach cobbler and a southern twang
In Dallas, Texas
It’s dinner with the McCray’s

They stayed together through a hurricane
You know nothing could cause them to separate [again]

The littlest McCray was just 3 weeks old
The family had no luggage
And they lost all their clothes
The neighbors brought gifts
And some necessities
They never ever tried to complain

In February, 2006
The McCray’s moved back
To their home they would fix
And we never will forget
The fun we had indeed
We never will forget the McCray’s

Girls Like Us

Written By: Katie Pearlman

Greta grew up as a tomboy like me
But she had two brothers not three
She even learned to play guitar
And write songs just like me

We like to run out with the boys
Girls like us don’t bother with toys
We like to prove we have no fear
And do the same things boys can do

Cause beauty alone
Isn’t good enough for love
Boys like girls
Who show who they can be
Cause beautiful
can’t only run skin deep
There has to be more underneath

Her mama was smart and pretty
Miss Alabama she was in ‘61
She always said that beauty fades
So get noticed for what you do

Cause beauty alone
Isn’t good enough for love
Boys like girls
Who show who they can be
Cause beautiful
can’t only run skin deep
There has to be more underneath

'Cause the day will come when your body changes
And you will have to redefine
All that is beautiful in your lovers eyes tonight

Cause beauty alone
Isn’t good enough for love
Boys like girls
Who show who they can be
Cause beautiful
can’t only run skin deep
There has to be more underneath
There has to be more underneath
You know there's so much more underneath

Tomorrow Will Be Better

Written By: Katie Pearlman

In New York City, there’s a woman running passed me for the train
She’s running faster ‘cause she has to catch a plane

She’s making a living and is flying back to Dallas every week
She’ll do anything she has to see her family

She knows any day she could
Change her mind
But she don’t want to leave this
Job behind
She keeps telling herself
Tomorrow will be better

Four years later a new guy came to run the company
In just 9 minutes she was kindly asked to leave

He didn’t know it was weeks before her major surgery
She’s lose both breasts and her femininity

She knew any day she could
Change her mind
But she don’t want to leave this
Life behind
She keeps telling herself
Tomorrow will be better

There’s no easy explanation for what she’s faced
Stronger now and all that she could say is
Tomorrow will be better….
Than yesterday

Give Me That Moment

Written By: Katie Pearlman

There’ll be times in life
When you’d rather be
Someone else
Anyone but you

But you’ve seen the light
On the darkest day
And you’ve realized
What you can do

Chorus:
Give me that moment
Of light
Give me that feeling
That I wanna feel
To Make me feel good

Just a few more nights
Is all I need
To show me the way
And what I should do

So I booked a flight
Down to Rivertown
To sing my songs
To anyone like you

Give me that moment
Of light
Give me that feeling
That I wanna feel
To Make me feel good

If there's a mountain, climb it
You need an answer, find it
You hit a wall, don’t mind it
Cause there’s a path behind it
With a rainbow on it
With everything you wanted

To give you that moment
Of light
Give you that feeling
That I wanna feel
To make me feel good

Little Minnie

Written By: Katie Pearlman

Little Minnie got bullied in school
She just wanted to feel cool
But all the girls there didn’t care

The boys teamed up with the girls
She hadn’t a chance in the world
To make them like her as they should

She’s all grown up now
Just livin’ her world
She’s still the same inside
As that little girl
She’s all grown up now
Just livin’ her world
With her own family
She’s still that little girl

She went on to Ivy league school
And earned her MFA
Found that writing was her escape

She wrote a musical
Worked on it for seven years
When it came out the critics booed

They couldn’t know what it feels like
To be in her own shoes
Needing their approval was something she held on to
Until that fateful day when she realized that writing
Was her escape

Chorus (2x)

Discography

Katie Pearlman - Girls Like Us 2012
Ronnie Penque - Only Road Home 2010
Rupert Wates - Joe's Cafe 2010
Varied Artists, 'Kinks Unkovered' 2010
Katie Pearlman - We Make This 2009
Katie Pearlman - Dreaming Again - 2008
Moodras ‘What You Don’t Know’, 2007
Moodras ‘Had No Choice’, 2005
One Eyed Jack ‘Sunlight Blue Madness’, 2001
Alison's Disease, 1994

Set List

Sets range from 30 min. to 4 hrs.

Original songs:
1. Ain’t Nobody
2. Listening To You
3. DLTG
4. So Worthy
5. Jealousy
6. Holding On
7. Little Demons
8. Tuesday’s Comin’
9. Reach Out
10. Dear Daddy
11. Live In Honor
12. Rollercoaster Ride
13. What Could Be
14. Life Gives
15. Then and Now
16. Dreaming With You
17. We Make This
18. One Mistake
19. Looking For Something
20. Whenever You Need
21. Something’s Got to Happen
22. I Feel
23. Wishing Well
24. You Wrong
25. I can’t Sing this Song
26. I’ll Be Waiting
27. Winding Road
28. Only Time
29. People
30. This is the Time
31. Great
32. Give Me That Moment

Covers:
4 Non Blondes - What's Up?
Alanis Morissette - Head Over Feet
Alanis Morissette - Hand in my Pocket
Allison Krauss - Stay
Allman Brothers Band - Ramblin' Man
Allman Brothers Band - Not My Cross to Bear
Allman Brothers Band - Whipping Post
Allman Brothers Band - Melissa
Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider
Anna Nalick - Breathe 2 am