This project marks the return of a nearly 20-year recording hiatus for Kate MacKenzie and is a labor of love bringing three friends together along with a collection of some of the finest musicians in the Northwest. Without trying to define the boundaries of the musical genre, Kate, Dale and Suzanne chose songs they love to play and sing together in their cozy community in Oregon where they live.
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About the Project
Kate MacKenzie is a Grammy nominated vocalist with a voice that’s as much at home in an amphitheater as it is in an intimate club. Kate emerged as a solo performer in the early 1990’s but her roots in Bluegrass go back more than 40 years. For 15 years Kate sang lead vocals with Minnesota’s premier bluegrass band, Stoney Lonesome, with whom she recorded six albums and toured internationally. She was also a favorite guest on Garrison Keillor’s, A Prairie Home Companion since the program’s early days. She started on the show with Stoney Lonesome and eventually became 1/4 of the Hopeful Gospel Quartet with Keillor and Robin & Linda Williams. Kate’s work with APHC not only brought her before a radio audience of millions, it took her to the stages of Austin City Limits, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Ryman Auditorium and the Hollywood Bowl. “What a voice! Full, robust, self-assured and packed with emotional intensity”. Pacific Bluegrass & Heritage Society. “Exceptional vocal abilities, I had the feeling that she was singing just for me”. Bluegrass Canada. “ MacKenzie’s voice is perfectly suited for modern Bluegrass, it has the sweet clear resonance of pop, but the sharp edge of country authenticity”. Louisville Times. “A class act and a sure bet”. Stereophile. “Kate MacKenzie is part of the new wave of strong female voices”. The New York Times.
Dale is longtime Northwest guitar-playing legend who Flatpick Guitar Magazine states is: “really, really good, as in a major Force." As a part of Kate’s touring band, Dale performed across the U.S. and Europe in the 1990s. Other musical collaborations include guitar legend Dan Crary, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Frontline, True North, and Leah Larson. With the release of his solo recording of “Alone in the Red Room” in 2006, Dale introduced a significant departure from high-energy bluegrass flatpicking, showing significant growth and sophistication in his playing. Dale is an instrumental wiz on guitar, banjo and Mandolin. Dale is also the owner and engineer/producer of Big Owl Studios where he has recorded and produced acoustic recordings of beautiful, pure quality for musicians all over the US.
Suzanne has been a stately, rock-solid bassist and vocalist in many Northwest groups over the years. She has held down the beat for groups including True North, the Knott Bros, McKenzie Crossing, and Adkins Family Band. She is a gifted vocalist and harmony singer in any configuration she joins. Suzanne works alongside Dale as a record producer and engineer for Big Owl Studios, providing her own stamp to many bluegrass and acoustic recordings.