Katrin

Katrin

 Boston, Massachusetts, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

An engaging stage presence and dynamic guitar playing. Songs you want to listen to again and again! KATRIN’s voice is organic, pure and true; a rarity in these days of manufactured, "pitch-corrected" “talent”. KATRIN is WELL worth the listen. If you can see her, even better!

Biography

Singer/Songwriter Katrin Roush grew up in the suburbs of Boston. She's a self-taught musician who started out as a busker in Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall. Katrin has been on a journey, and it reflects in her voice, which is full of soul, emotion and strength. Her songs reveal colorful stories about her life. No whiny folk-chick cliche's here, just pure, raw and honest songs with an open tuning acoustic guitar style. Listening to Katrin sing in a live setting is mezmerizing. When she performs with her band, the influence that each musician brings to the stage turns every song into a lush tapestry.
Katrin is teaming up with legendary drummer and producer Jerry Marotta to record her next cd to be released in late Summer, 2011. Jerry Marotta is best known for his work with Peter Gabriel, The Indigo Girls, Elvis Costello, Sarah McLaughlin, Sheryl Crowe and many more popular artists.
Some of Katrin's career highlights include opening for Chris Isaak, Joan Armatrading, The Fixx and Orleans. She has toured thoughout Europe and has performed at Edinbugh Festival and Sunset Jazz Club in Paris. Katrin was also a recipient of a national songwriting competition award from Mountain Stage.

Lyrics

Little Things

Written By: Katrin Roush

It’s the roar of my car’s engine/a simple home cooked meal
Hearing that old song on the radio and how it makes me feel
It’s looking at stars in the sky and swimming in the sea
Capturing a dragon fly/ then letting it go free

It’s all the little things in my life
It’s all the little things that make me feel alright
So why do we always take for granted the seeds that we have planted
It’s a truth that we all know
We only reap what we sow

It’s a day dream in the shade of a tree
It’s the way that you look at me
It’s a thank you and it’s a smile
Or when you kiss me in the morning before you say goodbye

It’s all the little things in my life
It’s all the little things that make me feel alright
So why do we always take for granted the seeds that we have planted
It’s a truth that we all know
We only reap what we sow

It’s not what you own or what you believe
It’s not who you know or how much you have achieved
All these facets of life make up a precious stone
Underneath it all we are just flesh and bone

Waking up to golden sunshine after a night of pouring rain
It’s the silence of the winter/ the sound of peepers in the spring
Partying all night long and having no regrets
It’s the big stuff I remember
Why is it so easy to forget

All the little things in my life
It’s all the little things that make me feel alright
So why do we always take for granted the seeds that we have planted
It’s a truth that we all know
We only reap what we sow

Every day now, every day now
I don’t want to let it pass me by
Every day now, every day now
I’ve got to count the blessings in my life

Steppin' Stones

Written By: Katrin Roush

I don’t know how I got here, I just landed here somehow
Not exactly where I thought I’d be, but good enough for now
Been driving down this bumpy road, turns unpredictable
That’s what happens when you choose a path that unconventional

So I landed in this place not sure exactly what to do
Some times I worry about myself, if I’ll ever make it through
Set my sight to look ahead, then I will not be thrown
I remember everything I’ve done have all been steppin’ stones

Steppin’ stones/never know what to expect
Steppin’stones/jumpin’ from one to the next
Steppin’ stones/ I’m just passing through
Although I’m using steppin’ stones, I’ll never step on you

I’ve done so many different things you think I’d have my fill
Working all day in the hot sun just to try to pay my bills
Mama said honey-isn’t it time you settled down
Oh but mama don’t you know by now you can never keep me down

Steppin’ stones/never know what to expect
Steppin’stones/jumpin’ from one to the next
Steppin’ stones/you’ll never keep me down
I’m searching for higher ground

I learned my lesson/ I’ve got to keep on steppin’

Some day I’m gonna take these stones and build the highest mountain
Grow apple trees with golden leaves and marble wishing fountains
Until that day whan I can say, I’ve finally found my home-
I remember everything I’ve done have all been steppin’ stones

Steppin’ stones/never know what to expect
Steppin’stones/jumpin’ from one to the next
Steppin’ stones/you’ll never keep me down
I’m searching for higher ground

Home

Written By: Katrin Roush

I keep knockin’, knockin’ at your door
I keep comin’, comin’ back for more
Is there anybody home-
Is there anybody home?
I keep lookin’, lookin’ for a sign
I keep thinkin’ you’re gonna read my mind
Is there anybody home-
Is there anybody home?

Why the hell you playin’- playin’ with my heart?
If you’re not gonna finish-
Why the hell you even start?
Is there anybody home-
Is there anybody home?

Funny how sometimes I can be blinded by my faith
Don’t think I would have seen it if it slapped me in the face
Sometimes I have to go there just to know what I don’t need
Anymore

Someone turn the light on ‘cause I can’t see
Open up the window so I can breathe
Is there anybody home-
Is there anybody home?

Stroke me on the shoulder
Smack me on the butt
Tell me I’m your lover
Text me I’m a slut
Is there anybody home-
Is there anybody home?

Funny how sometimes I can be blinded by my faith
Don’t think I would have seen it if it slapped me in the face
Sometimes I have to go there just to know what I don’t need
Anymore

I keep wishin’- wishin’ it was good
You know I’d fix it- fix it if I could
But there isn’t any love
Is there anybody home?

I keep lookin’- lookin’ for a sign
I keep thinkin’ you’re gonna read my mind
Is there anybody home?
Is there anybody home?

"Far Away"

Written By: Katrin Roush

It’s a rainy afternoon
I’m just sitting in my room
Watching the cars go by
As the water falls from the sky
Siren sound and red lights flashing
Flood in the gutter where the children are splashing
This is my town

Jimmy’s smokin’ dope on the couch in his underwear again
I have the patience of a saint, but my heart is wearing thin
Now love and obligation keep me in this ugly neighborhood
I don’t remember how I got here, but the sex must have been good

Chorus:
Got a minivan parked right outside
It’s got a full tank- I could take a ride
Why does my heart refuse to leave?
Pack a bag of clothes and my guitar
I could write him a note
I could get real far away
From here

My dreams never fall asleep
They’re just lost somewhere in the laundry heap
And ground into the dirty kitchen floor
Jimmy numbs his mind by knockin’ cans
Says he never really understands
Why I just can’t sit
And Be

Chorus:
Got a minivan parked right outside
It’s got a full tank- I could take a ride
Why does my heart refuse to leave?
Pack a bag of clothes and my guitar
I could write him a note
I could get real far away
From here

I’ve got a funny way of sticking around
Long after the show and the curtain is down
And I’m sitting at the edge of my seat
I threw myself in way too deep
The promises I keep are not so easy
Not so easy

Chorus:
Got a minivan parked right outside
It’s got a full tank- I could take a ride
Why does my heart refuse to leave?
Pack a bag of clothes and my guitar
I could write him a note
I could get real far away
From here

Enough

Written By: Katrin Roush

What started out as child’s play
Has quickly turned to more
I knew that you were different
That was part of the allure
Dancing on the edge with you
Swimming up the stream
When I saw the shadow in you grow
It shook me from this dream

Chorus:
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate

I make excuses with my friends
So I can come and see you
I know it’s wrong but it feels so right
To be gambling in your arms tonight
Our bodies, our hearts, our minds are bound
Yet there’s part of you that can’t be found
An element out of control
That has you by your tortured soul

Chorus:
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate

We can tread on thin ice
We can skip on a wall
But Humpty Dumpty –don’t you fall
This ain’t no fairy tale or amusement ride
Where the story ends and everything is fine
This limbo, this lust, this adrenaline rush
All I want to feel is higher
I know I should leave, but still I believe
I won’t get burned by your fire

Chorus:
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate
I’m not strong enough
To hold your weight when you fall through the grate

Discography

"Out of Nothing" - 2001, full-length CD
"Nature Spirit" -2004, full- length CD
"Soul Wide Open" -2009, full length CD

Set List

Solo and Band sets are taylored to suit the environment and audience. In addition to original songs from four cd's, Katrin's repertoire of cover songs include but are not limited to:

Brass in Pocket, The Pretenders
That's the Way, Led Zeppelin
Fields of Gold, Sting
Silver Lining, David Gray
Use Somebody, Kings of Leon
Soul Shine, Warren Haynes
Angel from Montgomery, John Prine
Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper
Autumn Leaves, American Classic
Imagine, John Lennon
Hide your Love Away, The Beatles
Come Together, The Beatles
Killing Me Softly, Roberta Flack
Purple Rain, Prince
Big Yellow Taxi, Joni Mitchel
This Flight Tonight, Joni Mitchel
Friends, Led Zeppelin
Into the Mystic, Van Morrison
What's Goin' On, Marvin Gaye