Kate Campbell (from the album Damn Sure Blue available on Large River Music)
The album title Damn Sure Blue is a clue to the contents of the recent Kate Campbell release. Claiming her spot in the democratic process, Kate Campbell takes aim and wraps opinions around causes such as global destructions, presenting her questions on a salvation stomp in “The Great Atomic Power”. Damn Sure Blues closely examines promises with a past-due date for “Change Should’ve Come by Now” and makes war a target in “Peace, Precious, Peace” as she borrows a tale of conflicts overseas and at-home from a Johnny Cash hit for “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”. Kate Campbell chooses a dual role for the primary color in the story of the title track, aligning politically as she bares her heart, painting it blue to show the sadness for turbulent times.
Recorded in Nashville at Cinderella Sound Studio and Kimbrough Super Service with studio head Will Kimbrough sitting in the producer’s chair for Damn Sure Blue as well as becoming part of the backing band on guitars, bass, mandolin, keyboards, and harmony vocals. The recording is stacked with additional local A-list session players, Kate’s piano and acoustic guitar backed by Kevin Gordon (guitars, harmony vocals), Bryan Owings (drums, percussion), Dave Jacques (upright bass), Phil Madeira (accordion), and Chris Carmichael (violin, viola, cello). Kate Campbell borrows a love note to Ireland from Johnny Cash with “Forty Shades of Green”, picking out dark notes to tell the tragic tale of “Sally Maxy”, and seeks a light to brighten her faith in “Christ, It’s Mighty Cold Outside” while Damn Sure Blue foregoes politics to comfort humanity with her own inner strength under a sky turning grey for “This, and My Heart Besides”.
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