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26Mar 20

Cancellations Galore

Hello, friends–

As you might expect, all my upcoming gigs for March and April have been canceled. The Covid-19 situation worsened rapidly just as Hope Dunbar and I landed in Europe to start our planned European tour, and like everyone else, I’ve been canceling things ever since.

I am grateful beyond words to the folks who have stepped in to help me in this time of financial uncertainty, while I’m very aware of the fact that I am far from the most marginalized or threatened in this situation. That said, if you have a little extra to give, you can help me by buying things from my online store, donating to me on Venmo (@katiedahlmusic) and PayPal, and supporting me on my new Patreon page, which allows folks to support me for as little as $3 a month.

I hope you all are staying home and staying safe. Thanks, as always, for listening.

Katie

30Jan 20

Writeup in American Songwriter!

“Wildwood” got written up in American Songwriter!

Wildwood’s 11 songs are about family and friends, land and love, history and highways. She delivers razor-sharp lyrics with a hearty, soulful voice.”

Read the whole thing here.

08Oct 19

“Wildwood” Hits the Folk DJ Charts!

“Wildwood” hit #7 album, and “Worry My Friend” hit #5 song, on the international Folk-DJ charts for September! What a thrill. Here’s the full chart: https://www.folkradio.org/

26Sep 19

“Wildwood” Review: “One of modern folk music’s greatest treasures”

Check out this new review of “Wildwood”! Read the full thing below or here.

Those bitter Midwestern winters we love to gripe about have indirectly given us one of modern folk music’s greatest treasures in Katie Dahl, a singer/songwriter and masterful storytelling poet who caps her first decade as a recording artist with Wildwood – a powerfully compelling collection of modern and historical, personal reflections and heartfelt, colorful family stories branching from the Minnesota native’s beloved adopted ancestral home region of Door County, Wisconsin.

Katie was a college freshman when she slipped on a patch of sidewalk ice and broke her wrist. Unable to play oboe in her school’s orchestra, she taught herself guitar – playing chord shapes while strumming strings with her stiff right hand. Under the production guidance of JT Nero, frontman of Americana/folk band Birds of Chicago who shares a lifelong history in Door County, Katie is still strumming her melodies beautifully, enhanced on this graceful, ballad dominated set by spirited pedal steel (Steve Dawson), fiddle (Kristin Webber) and vocal (Allison Russell) harmonies.

Yet it’s her soulful, expressive and inviting vocals and the clever, colorful and insightful narratives she weaves that make Wildwood the glorious journey it is. Even as she takes an overriding loving view of the region and her ancestors that settled there, she is upfront and honest about fears and hard times (hers and her antecedents) as well. “Anna Lee” finds her seeking the solace of a mysterious visiting bird to bring light, calm and healing. Katie balances the solace of a California vacation with fears that it’s all a teasing mirage by calling “Worry my Friend.”

Other key tracks include “Helen” (about the desire to escape the north country for less confining realms), “Good Northern Ground” (a grand tale of her ancestors’ discovery of “good Northern ground),” and “The Fisherman’s Daughter” (a lyrical gem from her second musical of the same name). Katie also breaks the ballad mode a few times with a whimsical romp about her ongoing affection for her home state of “Minnesota” and Pat MacDonald’s swampy and whimsical “Valmy.”

22Aug 19

Kickstarter Finishes Strong!

The Kickstarter campaign for “Wildwood” finished strong last week, thanks to the generosity of 405 backers on the Kickstarter site (and almost 50 who contributed off-site). “Wildwood” will be officially released September 13. Until then, you can pre-order (and get an immediate track download of “Helen”!) on iTunes. Or you can pre-save it on Spotify for the chance to win a free t-shirt.

Enormous thanks to all who contributed to the Kickstarter. The elves are busy packaging up your rewards!