Katie Smith
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Katie Smith

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Band Americana Country


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"Katie Smith O'Flaherty's Irish Pub"

Live New Orleans Review
Category: Music

June 25, 2004

Katie Smith's emotional vocal delivery made her set successful at O' Flaherty's Irish Pub Friday afternoon. She augmented her beautiful voice by producing a breathless gravel sound when the lyrics called for an expressive kick. It was just her, an acoustic guitar, a Coke, and her notes on stage.

Her guitar was signed by one of the Indigo Girls, but by what I've heard from the group, Smith had more of an edge. The covers she played were almost exclusively sad songs about the pain involved in relationships. Her folk songs were plaintive, regretful and desperate, with a smidge of hope thrown in here and there.

Smith produced an ethnic vocal sneer when she performed Irish and Scottish songs, but she also paid homage to her favorite contemporary musicians. She played alt/country rockers the Cowboy Junkies, Celtic pop/folk group The Pogues, new wave/punk band The Jam, and Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

"Jolene" was a great set closer. Smith poured her heart into the song like it was her own(Lyrics: "I'm begging of you please don't take my man/Please don't take him just because you can"). Jack White of The White Stripes did a similar haunting version of the song at last year's Voodoo Festival.

Smith got applause after each song, but there weren't many people around to hear her set. People would have done well to attend.

- Live New Orleans Review


EP to be released at the end of February 2008



Katie Smith's music is a melting pot of Blues, Folk, and Country that blends to create a contemporary style of roots music that cannot be denied. "She augments her beautiful voice by producing a breathless gravel sound when the lyrics called for an expressive kick." -Live New Orleans At the age of 17, Katie moved to New Orleans from Chicago and started playing at open mics, most notably the legendary Howlin' Wolf. Buzz about her performances got back to Danny O'Flaherty (owner of O'Flaherty's Irish Channel Pub) and Katie was hired as a resident musician. Playing every Friday and Saturday in the French Quarter enabled Katie to develop her sound. Having to play a bulk of Celtic music, Katie incorporated artists such as Lucinda Willliams, Loretta Lynn, and Steve Earle seamlessly. "KATIE SMITH is an exceptional singer and guitarist. Her moody and modest arrangements harken lonely city nights and quiet country mornings. Fans of NEKO CASE will no doubt like her stuff greatly. Somewhere, JOHNNY CASH just shed a tear and smiled." Katie's alt-country style and honest songwriting sparked interest in Nashville and she is in the midst of recording her debut EP with Dan Hagen Productions.