The Kathryn Mostow Band
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The Kathryn Mostow Band

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States | SELF
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"A Voice Like a Bell"

Listening to Kathryn Mostow is like making a new friend. Not one of those difficult friends who never really let you know where you stand, or if it’s safe to leave them alone in your living room. She brings a warmth and a sense of knowing that all things are understood between sistas. Yes, I’m going to say it: her music is feminine. It’s wonderfully powerfully feminine, blissfully riddled with sleeping babies, youthful dreams and crazy peanut butter blues. She makes no apologies; she just sings her beautiful happy songs. I like that in a friend.

Her songs are little nuggets of contentment, offered in a conversational tone, rich with authenticity and simple charm. Her topics – children, dreams, hope and the power of them all – definitely date her; you very quickly get a sense of certain experiences and perspective with Mostow. I don’t see that as a negative at all. We all bring our life experiences to the communal table; the beauty of the stew is in its delicious mix of diversity and commonality.

Mostow’s stew is richer for its talented cooks. She has assembled a strong band with an eclectic and fresh mix of instruments. I love the unexpected Hammond B3 on “Pray Hard” and “Worth the Wait”s fiddle and cello. But she is always in charge, with that voice like a bell, pure and clear. She doesn’t strain to impress, she just cuts that natural joy loose to ride on her insightful lyrics and delicate acoustic guitar. There are the occasional Joni Mitchell overtones (“Promise of Spring”), but this CD is pure Kathryn Mostow, straight up.

Her optimism and her affection for humanity mark each tune. Check out the intelligence of “Freedom”; even when she’s preaching, she does it with such successful good intentions that you don’t notice the medicine going down. Her rich love of life spills all over the place, making Dreamers Everywhere the happiest of meals. Dig in.

"Little Nuggets of Contentment"

Within Seattle-based songwriter Kathryn Mostow’s long list of praises, one reviewer succinctly writes: “Kathryn’s songs are little nuggets of contentment.”

And it’s true. Mostow’s voice is pure and clear and her music is honey sweet. With ease, her songs manage to lighten the din of the day.

With two albums under her belt, the most recent being 2005’s Dreamers Everywhere, Mostow continues to bring her beautiful mix of folk and blues to the world, garnering mentions in magazines like Performing Songwriter and Victory Review, as well an assortment of news articles. She was also recently selected as one of ten finalists in the Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Contest.

Womenfolk is proud to introduce the seventeenth in its This Woman’s Work series with the inclusion of Kathryn Mostow.

- Womenfolk

"Dreamers Everywhere Review"

Some critics tag Kathryn Mostow folk and that is no big surprise because Mostow calls Seattle home and that city has always stuck by the genre. Indeed, Seattle (alongside Chicago, San Diego and a handful of New England states) has lived and breathed folk music from beginning to present and has a very developed support system of venues devoted to the cause. For decades, it has been a major stop for such luminaries as Jim Post, Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips and the like (it was, after all, home to a major folk group of the hootenanny days, The Brothers Four). Add popularity of local and regional favorites like Reilly and Maloney who were huge there in the '80s and streetsinger-turned-politico Jim Page, cult figure and razor-blade-sharp satirist-with-guitar, and you get the idea.

The thing is, the critics are only partly right. Mostow does embrace the the folk past on some songs, true, but steps beyond the realm on others. When she does, she fully captures the aura of the late '60s and early '70s when Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Sandy Denny dominated the female side of the genre. There was a softer, more introspective feel to many of the efforts then which is seldom heard today. Mostow captures it beautifully in Promise of Spring and Hello World, songs which would sandwich nicely between songs by any of the aforementioned greats. Mostow takes it a step further with Pray Hard, a soft-rocking ballad of early Stephen Stills ilk (it reminds one of maybe Church (Part of Someone), possibly because the chorus emulates the chorus of the Stills' classic). It doesn't hurt that Joe Crookston and Wayne Horvitz back up perfectly on tremolo guitar and Hammond b3, respectively. Mostow tiptoes into Rory Block's acoustic blues territory with a fine upbeat tune called Peanut Butter Blues, her normally floating voice stepping upfront admirably. All I, in which co-producer and backing voice Alicia Healey helps Mostow fingersnap her way through the lighter side of folk/gospel, is well-balanced and reverential and comes off very well.

The rest of the songs on the CD highlight the problem of pigeon-holing artists these days as, beautiful though they are, they defy genre. They do showcase Mostow's voice and compositional skills as singer/songwriter. Let us call them, say, "Americana" (thanks be to the person who gave us this junk mail approach to criticism), and that is not to say that they are not worthy, but just hard to define.

All of the ten songs here ride the crest of Mostow's voice which easily places her among the best Seattle has these days (and that is plenty good). A purity to the voice allows it to shine through, though one also need credit the fine understated production of Mostow, Healey and Garey Shelton, at whose studio this was finished. On a side note, Shelton shows a maturity beyond his days with Hi-Fi and his bass is perfecto. Ditto with other class guest artists: Jami Sieber/cello, Paul Elliot/fiddle, Zak Borden/mandolin and Wayne Horvitz/keyboards, to name a few. Indeed, all who played on this fit seamlessly within this project. The result is first class.

As good as it is, I would love to hear Mostow in an auditorium acoustically designed for solo performance. She proves on this CD that she can recreate that unexplainable aura of early folk and at times I think it is all but lost. Call it nostalgia or what you will, I long for it occasionally. It would be good to hear it again.


"Gratitude Review"

If someone extracted the essence of the film The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and produced a CD, it might come out resembling Kathryn Mostow’s debut disc. The honey-voiced singer celebrates friendship on “Moving Day,” a unique bond shared by women of all ages on “Circle,” and how a woman down on her luck is transformed to a person of love and beauty on “Tina’s Song.” The songs are mostly acoustic, with added bits of percussion and piano. The young Seattle-based artist writes with wisdom beyond her years, taking us on a journey through a set of warm folk expressions.

- Performing Songwriter


Gratitude, 2002
Dreamers Everywhere, 2005
Rich Girl, October, 2011



Raised on Donavan and The Beatles (with her older brother's collection of Jethro Tull and Led Zepplin thrown in for good measure), Kathryn grew up in a family that appreciated music but aspired to the "traditional" professions of doctoring and lawyering. So, despite years of choral training and encouragement in her singing, Kathryn put nose to the grindstone in college and left 4 years later with a degree in public health -- a profession she practiced for over 10 years. Kathryn did not pick up a guitar until 1998, during a lonely Christmas in Seattle. Over a series of days, a complete song emerged, and Kathryn's first love of music was rekindled. After a year of playing the open mic circuit in Seattle, Kathryn was "discovered" by some much more seasoned songwriters and invited to join the Seattle Performing Songwriters. Kathryn self-produced her first album, "Gratitude", which went on to be chosen by Performing Songwriter as a Top 12 DIY album in 2002. "Gratitude" was followed by Kathryn's second release, "Dreamers Everywhere" in 2005. Kathryn relocated to Fort Collins in late 2006 and formed a band in late 2009, when she was asked to headline KUNC radio's annual Tuna Fish and Peanut Butter show. Kathryn's sound has been likened to Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell and Dar Williams. Her live band shows are brimming with positive energy, and leave audiences feeling like maybe the world really can be a better place. Kathryn spent the past year recording her third studio album, Rich Girl, at Coupe Studios in Boulder, CO. Rich Girl was released October 2011.