Kate Teague

Proud Larry's Presents...

Kate Teague

Kate Kelly

Thu · November 1, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Kate Teague
Kate Teague
There’s something in a great voice that can wake you up to living, that can make distance—the distance between here and then, between memory and lack of faith—seem less terrible. Kate Teague’s got one of those voices. It’s a cathedral of enchantments. A pre-dawn glow. A valley of fulfilled hopes.

Teague’s songs are honest and frank, and they avoid drama. They’re quiet in a restless way, absorbent, they dream of you while you dream of them. They move movingly. They host a widening brightness. There’s no easy this-sounds-like-that to hand over (though I’d say Teague stuns and shimmers most like Dolores O’Riordan and Hope Sandoval). These songs are starlight. They punch a ticket on the best carnival ride. They’re long shadows in the grass. They generate their own power.

Recorded at Delta-Sonic Sound in Memphis, what’s clearly captured here is a performer with an intransigent spirit. Teague, originally from Mobile, Alabama and currently living in Oxford, Mississippi, sings and plays rhythm guitar, and she’s backed by Kieran Danielson on guitar, Adam Porter on bass, Gabriel Hasty on keys, and Ian Kirkpatrick on drums. The key players in three other bands—Bonus, Starman Jr., and Graham—they bring a floating feeling to Teague’s songs. Clay Jones’s production allows the songs room to breathe; there’s no artifice, no fake sugar glaze. Teague’s debut album will be released by Muscle Beach Records in early 2019—it’s something to look forward to in this time of hideous uncertainty.

When you encounter these songs, my guess is you’ll feel restored. You’ll feel the force of wisdom. You’ll feel, perhaps, that you’re holding close something you’d forgotten that you needed.

-William Boyle
Kate Kelly
Kate Kelly
On her new LP Kate Kelly weaves together threads of airy jazz, piano-pop, and woozy folk into a tapestry that wraps around the listener like a summer breeze. Possessed of an easy elegance, Kelly’s voice waltzes through verdant fields of melody, all warmth and sunshine. Yet peek beneath the surface, and you’ll see a record that was born of its creator’s quest to find solace in a world of stormy emotional seas.

“It is worth noting that 2017, when this album was being written, was one of the most challenging years I’ve experienced thus far” says Kelly. Retreating into a child-like inner space to find solace from the pain she was feeling, Kelly turned to an exploration of nature and life’s innate beauty as her lyrical thesis. “Each “symbol” in the record (honey, the garden, the moon, etc.) is something in nature that helped me overcome my troubles. Each totem taught me a specific lesson; all because I immersed myself in ‘The Wonder Of It All’.”

While studying music therapy at Belmont University Kelly came to realize that she wanted to pursue music professionally. In 2016 she released her debut EP, New Heartbeat. Upon graduation she had a vision; Kelly would write a record that would serve as a musical antidote to the dark energies circulating throughout the collective unconscious. “I envisioned writing a record dedicated to charting life’s awe and wonder, and finding your truth through it.” She spent the bulk of 2017 doing just that.

Written in parks, greenhouses, and her own cozy living room, Kelly and a crew of top-flight musicians decamped to Iron Oak Recording Studio in Nashville, TN to track The Wonder Of It All. Produced by Iron Oak’s Andrew Conner with Zach Hughes (Lost Harbor Music), the record features Kelly on vocals and acoustic guitar, as well as Andy Cata (keys and synth), Luke Enyeart (electric guitar), David Crutcher (organ), Scooter Spicer (drums), Thomas Altman (bass), Julia Meredith (sax), Chris Baldani (trombone), and Emmanuel Echem (trumpet).

Listening to The Wonder Of It All it’s safe to say Kelly achieved her intention. The Wonder Of It All would pair wonderfully with a cup of chamomile and a purring kitty (or perhaps a garden party and a few bottles of rosé). “I hope this record inspires listeners to wander and daydream, and find a moment to escape from pain, just like it was and continues to be for me.”
Venue Information:
Proud Larry's
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS, 38655