Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin blues guitarist Cathy Grier launched a full-length studio album I’m All Burn through the summer season of 2020. The album was recorded at Steve Hamilton’s Milwaukee studio, Makin’ Sausage Music, with The Troublemakers (Tony Menzer on bass, Jamey Clark on drums, Larry Byrne on keys, Jim Ohlschmidt on guitar, and Pauli Ryan on percussion). Visitor musicians embrace Greg Koch, Billy Flynn, Matt Liban, Westside Andy, Steve Cohen, Andrew Spadafora, Deirdre Fellner, and Liv Mueller.
I’m All Burn is your newest album containing sixteen tracks. Inform us in regards to the inspiration behind the album.
The albums I’ve finished the previous few years have largely been live-in-studio solo recordings, however I’ve all the time needed to return to an album manufacturing with a full band. After I moved to Wisconsin from NYC 4 years in the past, I met so many nice gamers that it appeared just like the time was proper. I completely needed to ensure I produced the title track, “I’m All Burn,” because it was impressed by the #metoo motion and the idea that girls in 2020 nonetheless should work a lot tougher than males to get observed.
Making this document gave me the chance to lastly produce older originals with full preparations, like horns. I’m additionally a part of an amazing songwriting collaborative, Metal Bridge (which is why I really moved to WI), and had new songs that impressed me to pursue this album venture. The idea was to have the album circulation with every track enjoying off the opposite. I like to learn liner notes after I’m listening to a document, all the time have, so I additionally put collectively a e-book of lyrics and credit for this venture as a result of I wish to give the listener extra info.
Who had been among the musicians that joined you on the recording?
There are such a lot of nice musicians on the album. Bassist Tony Menzer I met in Madison and he launched me to the Wisconsin Blues scene. Larry Byrne (Luther Allison) on organ gave me precisely the sound I envisioned. As a guitarist myself, I needed to have a guitarist who may praise my groove, and Jim Ohlschmidt was simply the one to do it. Additionally, visitor soloist Greg Koch who’s so tasty together with his licks and was a thrill to have him play. You may say that I really like the harmonica as a result of the album options 5: Steve Cohen, Johnny Orlock, Billy Flynn (who additionally performed guitar on two tracks), Pat MacDonald, and Howard Levy. And to not miss, there are stand out backing vocals by Deirdre Fellner and Liv Mueller.
Is that this your first collaboration with Steve Hamilton? What did he carry to the desk?
That is our first album collectively, however I’ve labored with Steve for the final 4 years on initiatives with Metal Bridge right here in Sturgeon Bay. And he has been my go-to reside engineer for large exhibits like Summerfest. When Steve supplied me using his superb studio in Milwaukee (Making Sausage Music) to document, I knew we’d produce some nice music collectively. He had the right vitality to work with. What Steve delivered to the desk was focus, an inexhaustible consideration to element, and unimaginable modifying (we joke that he can “play” any instrument as a result of he can extract one of the best of a take and tweak it simply sufficient to make it magical). For the reason that album was self-funded, that labored wonders for my restricted price range. Plus, his musician contact listing is insanely stuffed with who’s who within the Blues world. He launched me to lots of the unbelievable gamers on the document.
What devices did you play on the album?
I performed Tokai Stratocaster, Rose Telecaster, Gibson L6-S, sitar guitar (solo on “I’m All Burn”) and a 4 string Rose cigar field guitar (“Cathy’s Bike Tune”) YouTube hyperlink https://youtu.be/O6rClfpjfac
You give credit score on 4 songs from the album to Metal Bridge Inventive Basis. Are you able to share with us the collaboration and the mission behind the inspiration?
The Metal Bridge Inventive Basis began as a one-off pageant in 2005 to avoid wasting a Historic Metal Bridge in Sturgeon Bay, WI, from demolition. Wisconsin native and songwriter musician pat MacDonald (Ttmbuk 3, Purgatory Hill) invited pal Jackson Browne for a profit to carry out and immediately, there was an annual pageant (and certainly the bridge was saved). It’s a collaboration of songwriters often called Vacation Music Motel. Produced by Pat and melaniejane (Purgatory Hill) 3 times annually, dozens of writers collect within the namesake motel to create. There may be actually nothing of this sort, together with an web radio station with content material written and recorded on website (steelbridgeradio.com). The Basis’s mission is all about collaboration and celebrating the Metal Bridge.
Grier launched a melancholy vacation track about shedding a beloved pet and lacking them through the season. She tells us, “Guess it may very well be fairly pertinent for anybody who misplaced a beloved one to COVID.”
Grier additionally carried out a solo recording reside in her studio for a digital present that aired November nineteenth, authentic track “Happiness Blues” on NPR affiliate WNIJ in Illinois https://youtu.be/4RTCCFQGFTc
Take a look at the newest launch I’m All Burn at CathyGrier.com