Classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger, who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
On her latest album GRAND AND GREEN RIVER, Kara sings of love, loss and heartache across a rich palette of swamp-blues, contemporary folk and fresh soul-pop grooves. It's a captivating blend of sounds - big on swagger, sugar and spice - and comes packed with passionate storytelling and provocative guitar work from a simply stunning entertainer.
GRAND AND GREEN RIVER was produced by David Kalish (Rickie Lee Jones, Ben Harper) mostly at Village Studios and Red Star in LA, and features additional production from Barrie Maguire, whose most recent work includes the last two Amos Lee albums. The album also showcases some of America's most celebrated musicians, including blues/jazz guitarist Eric Johnson, Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker), Jeff Young (Jackson Browne) Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Arnold McCuller (James Taylor), and Grammy Award winning pianist Joel Guzman (Los Lobos).
The album charted in the top 40 for over 17 weeks in the Americana Radio Music Charts after independently releasing her debut solo album in the US (Craving/MRI). The CD was also awarded best album of 2008, in the roots section of the IAP awards.
Kara has been going from strength to strength. She has toured extensively throughout Japan, Australia and parts of the US - national tours in Australia including opening spots for Eric Johnson, Amos Lee and Little Feat.
The title track from her "Secret Soul" EP has also been played across Australian radio, on BBC Radio 2 in the UK, and even received an honorable mention in Billboard's international songwriting competition.
So what drives Kara Grainger? In short, she has an unflinching desire to express herself combined with a daily dedication to her craft. In person, she exudes the depth, grace and authenticity, which really set her apart from others. Of the songwriting process, Kara says, "While many of my songs are framed in tales of hardship and heartbreak, they're really representative of life's spiritual challenges, and for me, a quest for the ultimate truth. It's very healing when the right words come for a song, so much so that when I sing them, it's like something is finally resolved."
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Reviews & articles
"A striking debut... Grand And Green River... is rich, full and lush, a fantastic rootsy record, chock full of the blues, a slight pop undertone, all overlaid with her haunting voice - a debut to be proud of... She's one to watch for sure, and this record heralds that to a tee." Sam Fell (Rhythms)
"For my money, something in Grainger's passionate performance reached out through the door, grabbed people by the figurative scruff of the neck, and propelled them inside." John T. Davis
"Kara Grainger puts an irresistibly funky stamp on 12-bar standards" Tony Hillier on the Woodford Folk Festival (The Australian)