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Most recent release, Cascadia, 2000
The names of Connie Kaldor and the early Joni Mitchell come to mind, mainly because they too are (presently or formerly) folk artists from Canada. (email@example.com)
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Recommended first album:
Cascadia is the only one we've heard
Kat Wahamaa—vocals, harmony, guitar, mandolin, zilla
Robbie Steininger—guitars, dobro, mandolin, banjo
Bill Buckingham and KW
I am not making this up: this is the first album I have received through my work with the Ectophiles' Guide, to actually strike terror in my heart. When I opened the mailer, not only did the CD pop out, but a couple of Kat Wahamaa refrigerator magnets as well. Given the amount of magnetic media in and around my computer, I naturally got concerned, the packet having been sitting near them for a time. Happily, my anxieties appear to have been unfounded, and the principal content of the packet has made up for them by providing some very good listening indeed. At various times, her well-written songs come closest to—variously—folk, country, rock, and country rock. Some of them seem to have good commercial potential, but none are deliberately high concept. Some of the highlights include "Ashes to Ashes," a country-flavored lament for a marriage gone horribly wrong; the title song, a jocular ode to her home region (comprised of British Columbia and the U.S. Pacific Northwest); and "Stuck," an experiment in doing a more urban theme than most of her music, which comes out well. The promotional material which accompanied the CD notes that Cascadia is actually her second album. Hearing it has made me want to get the first one when I get the opportunity. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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