Katy Bowser

Katy Bowser

BandAmericana

Katy and Kenny's high energy, playful performance is one obvious reason. In a town that reveres its history and respects innovation, Katy’s nostalgic vocals and Kenny’s virtuosity have garnered respect and high praise from their peers.

Biography

Katy Bowser

Four score and seven years ago or so, bluegrass, jazz and folk were all gestating in the womb of the southeast US, joining and splitting, creating original American music. Katy Bowser’s music is a small reenactment this phenomenon: But they feel obliged to point out that they didn’t do any premarital songwriting.

All Of My Friends is indeed a Katy Bowser album, but we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss the “Kenny factor”. Katy and Kenny each had strong musical histories of their own before finding one another. Katy had traveled and performed nationally as an independent artist for seven years, playing her folk/jazz/celtic blend in clubs, coffeehouses, theatres and anything else, including NPR’s Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and Nashville’s famed Ryman auditorium. Kenny grew up with a mandolin on his knee in a bluegrass loving family, and toured internationally with grassroots phenomenon Vigilantes of Love during the 90s, a time which included the Buddy Miller produced Audible Sigh album.

Since the two crossed paths, it’s no surprise that the songs Katy sings began to turn a new set of heads in Nashville. Their high energy, playful performance is one obvious reason- no two shows are alike, and oftentimes a Katy show will suddenly take a turn down memory lane toward one of the many old jazz or country tunes they love, for kicks. But in a town that reveres its history and respects innovation, Katy’s singing and Kenny’s virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel and most other things with strings have garnered respect and high praise from their peers . And their songs about the golden rule, traveling, overprotective girlfriends, gospel, and forward woman are delighting afficianados and everyday music lovers across the board.

After a near miss with a record deal, Katy and Kenny knew exactly what they wanted- right down to the homemade-feeling brown paper bag wrapper with sealing wax. They put their shoulder to the wheel and produced their EP at home- doing it exactly the way they wanted, and taking as long as necessary to do it. “Recording at our home studio meant that when it wasn’t quite right, we’d stop and have tea, and wait until it did. Or sleep on it and give it a go over our first cup of coffee”. The proof is in the listening: the result is a sonically sweet gem where every note counts, rife with Kenny’s mandolin, parlor guitar and pedal steel, Katy’s vocals and Jake Bradley’s upright bass, and little else.

On the side, they also comprise two-thirds of the band for rising Americana darling Julie Lee (we hear her adding a guest harmony vocal on EP title track All Of My Friends), who takes every occasion to show off her friends with opening slots and mid-set. This past year has included appearances with her on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, Mountain Stage with Alison Krauss (at her request), a benefit for families of West Virginia miners, and a track on the Song of America project with Grammy winner Ed Peterson Additionally, Katy and Kenny participated in a Katrina benefit with Janis Ian, Tim O’Brien, Jim Lauderdale, among other Americana luminaries.
As they kick into high gear and change the oil, they are looking forward to the Americana Folk Festival, WDVX’s famous Camperfest with Julie Lee and Woodsong Festival in the San Juan islands. They love to play, and can’t wait to hit the road again.

Lyrics

All Of My Friends

Written By: Katy Bowser/Kenny Hutson

CHORUS
All of my friends
They want to see me
Want to see how love looks on me

All of my friends
They want to see me
See if he’s any good for me

VERSE
Want to see if my cheeks are rosy
If my feet are on the ground
If I’m doing my hair differently
If my head is in the clouds

If my palms are sweaty
If it’s fear or fever
If I think he’s ready
If he’ll stay or he’s a leaver

CHORUS
All of my friends
They want to see me
Want to see how love looks on me

All of my friends
They want to see me
See if he’s any good for me

CHORUS
All of my friends
They want to see me
Want to see how love looks on me

All of my friends
They want to see me
See if he’s any good for me

They want to know if we’ve been kissing
And if they think we should
If he’s the kind to takes things slowly
And if he’s any good

INST. VERSE

Bridge
Is he gentle Is he patient
Affectionate or mean
And is he stubborn
Enough to put up with me

Want to know if he is faithful
If he’d leave me for another
Can he hold a steady job
And does he have a brother

CHORUS
All of my friends
They want to see me
Want to see how love looks on me

All of my friends
They want to see me
See if he’s any good for me

I'd Like To Be Where You Are

Written By: Katy Bowser/Kenny Hutson

I’d like to be where you are
I’d like to realign the stars
Kansas ain’t the bayou
And I am too far from you
I would like to be where you are

I’d rearrange the USA
Who’d notice if I moved a town or two
We’d have Midwestern mardi gras
Some Baton Rouge big sky
I’d rearrange the USA

Why’d you go
You left me to guess
Lousiana’s something
But you left someone in Kansas

Far from you
Is my least favorite place
I only meant a little while
When I said needed space, baby

I’d like to be where you are
I’d like to realign the stars
Kansas ain’t the bayou
And I am too far from you
I would like to be where you are

I’m holding on until I’m holding you
My head is playing hopscotch in the stars
Till the dotted lines connect us
And all the stop signs go
I would like to be where you are

Turn The Other Cheek

Written By: Katy Bowser/Kenny Hutson

Turn The Other Cheek

Turn the other cheek, darlin', it's only right
Do unto others what you'd have them do to you
And I'll kiss, I'll kiss that cheek too

Go the extra mile honey, it's only right
Go the one then go another, too
And I'll go, too,
I'll go anywhere with you

Let your yes be yes
Your no be no
Say what's true
I say yes, yes, darlin',
Do like you'd have done to you

Love your enemy, sweetheart,
it's only right
Love her when she doesn't like she should
When you love me like that
I want to love you good

Let your yes be yes
Your no be no
Say what's true
I say yes, yes, darlin',
Do like you'd have done to you

An eye for an eye,
I'm looking at you
It's the right thing to do
I say yes, yes, darlin',
Do like you'd have done to you

Discography

All Of My Friends, 2006
Longing, 2001
Laryngitis. 1999

All Of My Friends is being played on KVNF, WDVX, HPPR, WIVK, WPVM, KLCC, KRFC, KGNU and other public and americana stations nationwide.