For fans of the song and how to feel it. Kath Bloom (USA) is some kind of legend. She comes from a special place where country, blues and folk are made beautifully translucent and emotive. She has a special gift – her voice is delicate and tender, yet retains that raw emotion and hard worn truths that allows each sung word to be felt.
The more you hear of Kath Bloom, the more you notice it’s not just the arresting voice, but the power of the songwriting. “Beautiful” is the typical response—the kind of beauty that comes from truth, musical and the deeply lyrical. There are no good comparisons, but if you like the deep well of Emmylou Harris, the more poignant lyrics of Lou Reed, the joy of Maher Shalal Hash Baz or even Joni Mitchell, you're kinda in the right zone. In reality, she’s simply Kath Bloom: horse whisperer, vocalist, mum, songwriter and a beautiful person.
Her albums recorded with Loren Mazzacane Connors in the 70′s/80′s are rare things, full of songs that float and melt into the ether. Impossibly beautiful and hard to find on LP, but check the reissues from a few years ago . In the 90′s Kath’s music was famously featured in Richard Linklater’s film Before Sunrise. Since then she has been busy writing and recording to great acclaim. Two new albums in the last few years and she and her songs where also honoured on a tribute album featuring Bill Callahan, Scout Niblett and Mark Kozelek.
DIANE CLUCK is a singer-songwriter of intuitive folk music based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her vocal style has been noted for its distinctly clipped, glottal beauty, and described as “an unlikely mix of Aaron Neville, the Baka people, and Joni Mitchell…unaffected yet unusual.” (NPR)
Diane released her most recent album, Boneset, through Important Records–a Mobius strip seeded with birds, death, boldness and heart. The album and its singles received the distinction of premiering through NPR’s First Listen, All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concert series. She’s toured the album throughout the US, UK, and Europe.
Diane contributed to New York’s burgeoning Antifolk scene in the early 2000s alongside artists such as Jeffrey Lewis, Adam Green, and Kimya Dawson. She’s traded harmonies and toured with CocoRosie (who released her Countless Times album) and shared stages with a wonderful diversity of artists including The National, Regina Spektor, Yoko Ono, Genesis P-Orridge, John Zorn, My Brightest Diamond, Devendra Banhart, Josephine Foster, Cass McCombs, Little Wings, Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio), Rajasthan Roots, Daniel Johnston and Herman Dune. Singer-songwriters Laura Marling, Florence Welch (of Florence And The Machine), and Sharon Van Etten have all cited Diane’s work as influential.
Diane is currently fulfilling her Song-of-the-Week project–a fan-funded subscription run through her website (http://dianecluck.info/sotw-songs) in which she writes, records and delivers new songs to subscribers.
Diane accompanies herself on various instruments including guitar, piano, harmonium, zither, toy accordion, and a copper pipe instrument she built by hand. She employs singing as a healing, textural experience in which her audience may wander, ponder, or simply be.