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The Sacred Spud

by Kathleen Williamson

This is a mixed genre Americana Songwriter's heaven. Desert Noir folk and blues w/ a twist of funk, spunk, and Beatles. Pedal Steel by Hal Rugg. All new songs written in the last two years taking back God, Country,... and country music from the evil doers
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1. Looking for a Saviour
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2. Don't Make a Scene, Kathleen
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3. Shake the Demon
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4. Good Ole' Fashioned UnAmericana
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5. Mean Mean Road
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6. Brother Can You Spare Ten Bucks
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7. Texas Hold Em
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8. Diosa
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9. Story of Isaac
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10. My Hometown
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11. Is It a Sin
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12. American Dream
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13. Keep It Faithful
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14. Thankful Way to Be
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Tucson Weekly Tucson Area Music Awards (TAMMIES 2006) Best New Release, Best Songwriter, and Best Folk categories went to Kathleen Williamson and The Sacred Spud.

August 2005 heralded the long anticipated CD "The Sacred Spud," songs written by Kathleen over the last two years concerned with the current state of affairs integrating personal and global worlds. A real toe-tapper, this Americana album seeks to "take back God, Country... and country music... from the evil doers!" The CD as well as limited edition art giclee prints of this Williamson photograph of a real sacred spud as it existed in 1996 are available at www.judymiller.com.

Kathleen began her music career in the late 60's in her native New York City, forming high school basement rock and roll bands, playing open mikes in Greenwich Village, and writing songs of love and protest. She was heavily influenced by contemporary folk, soul, jazz, and rock music. In 1974, Kathleen took her guitar to Jerome, Arizona, where she was further influenced by her mentor and friend, the renowned folk indie pioneer Katie Lee. In 1978, Kathleen toured Ireland for five months and won the prestigious Cailean Deas Balladeering Competition in Westport, Mayo. Later that year, she joined forces with the late legendary Joe Wolverton, jazz guitar virtuoso and teacher of Les Paul. Alongside her own successful solo act, she worked regularly with Joe until 1986, touring in Japan, Guam, Hong Kong, Korea, and Samoa. During the late 70s through the latter part of the 80s, Kathleen was one of the most popular solo performing acts in Central and Northern Arizona. Kathleen headlined such firsts as Guam Jazz Festival in 1983 and the Tucson Folk Festival in 1986. In the late 80's and through the 90's, she relocated to Tucson and earned doctorates in law and cultural anthropology.
Since 2000, Kathleen increased her performances both here and in Europe. Her recent performances as a solo and/or with Owl's Nest Recording Artist and international blues diva Lisa Otey include regional listening venues such as Greenfire Books, Javalina's, Janos Restaurant and Cushing St. Pub in Tucson and Charly's Pub in Flagstaff, as well as regional and international festivals, including the Tucson Folk Festival, the Tucson Blues Festival, the Tucson Acoustic Blues Showcase, the Benson Blues Festival, Silver City Blues Festival, the Café Central in Madrid, the Edmonton Jazz Society, the Jazz en Artois, Blues Sur Seine, and Cognac Blues Passion festivals in France, and the Boogie & Blues Night at Schouwburg De Meerse in Hoofddorp, Netherlands. Among many televion and radio performances, Kathleen has also performed her original songs on Amy Goodman's Democracy which is broadcast on over 200 television and radio stations across the United States and Canada. www.democracynow.org.
In November 2002, Williamson released her critically acclaimed and award winning debut CD, love is best of all (Owl's Nest Productions®), in Europe and in the United States. The album heralds a diverse but integrated variety of "post-modem" (a kathleenism) Americana styles consisting of heartfelt original songs. The styles range from what she calls "blues for post-modems" to "Zen-Irish" to US/Mex border country "pinkgrass" to "Raga&Roll" (coined by Pete Fine) to "fem-hop" to a straight on bossa nova with japanese pillow book lyrical imagery, and more; all employed to construct her moving ballads and shuck-jive dance tunes. Kathleen presents excellently produced arrangements, intelligent and humorous lyrics, and compelling grooves. love is best of all won the 2003 TAMMIES Best CD. Kathleen also earned 2003 TAMMIES BEST SONGWRITER AND 2003 TAMMIES BEST UP-AND-COMING ARTIST. SING OUT! MAGAZINE FALL 03--"Combining world mysticism, soul, and jazz, Kathleen Williamson brings a new relevance to the word "eclectic." The title track harks back to George Harrison's sitar-tinged work; 'Secret Song' recalls Astrud Gilberto; and 'Big Deal Small Talk' combines funky guitar and rap. Love may be best of all, but genre hopping is lots of fun, too."
Kathleen and Lisa Otey's dramatic original song "I Can See the New View," commemorating the events of September 11, is featured on "love is best of all," Lisa Otey's "Hard Workin' Women," and is one of the fine selections also included in KXCI-FM Tucson Folk Festival Collection CD released in May 2003. Info at www.kxci.org. You can hear the full song as performed by Lisa Otey at www.lisaotey.com
Kathleen Williamson was awarded a 2004 ASCAPLUS award by the American Society of Composers and Publishers. The ASCAPLUS is granted by ASCAP to support and encourage writers of serious music. It is based on the unique prestige value of each writer's catalog of original compositions and works performed substantially in media not typically surveyed by ASCAP.
"My Hometown," one of Kathleen's recent original songs, about the production of war in Tucson and its export to Iraq as experienced by a television watcher empathizing with the suffering of both desert environments and cultures, has been included in a new KXCI-FM CD compilation titled "One Song at a Time." This excellent CD, recorded live in KXCI's Studio B, includes songs by Michelle Shocked, Joey Burns, Nancy McCallion, and many fine songwriters. www.kxci.org. "My Hometown," was also recently featured on Amy Goodman's "Democracy Now!"


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This eclectic collection of original songs (except for Leonard Cohen’s Story of
Seeing the picture of the heart-shaped potato on the cover could be enough to make people buy this CD by Kathleen Williamson. The music within will keep them listening over and over and over.

This eclectic collection of original songs (except for Leonard Cohen’s Story of Isaac) ranges from the heartbreaking Shake the Demon to the jump and shout Thankful Way to Be. With the exception of the Story of Isaac (which, by the way, is a beautiful and thought-provoking ballad), all the songs will have the listener singing along. Even My Hometown, a war protest song reminiscent of the 60’s and Brother Can You Spare Ten Bucks, her commentary on homelessness, beg for listener accompaniment.

Fans of country music may recognize the fine pedal steel guitar music on several cuts on The Sacred Spud. The late Hall of Fame member, Hal Rugg’s music is so beautiful even the most jaded listener is forced to stop, sit still, and just listen. On Saviour, Rugg’s pedal steel guitar fairly sings. The mournful cry of his guitar on Shake the Demon could make that song a historical tear-jerker. His contribution along with the other very talented musicians provides a perfect base for Williamson’s musical “stew”.

Williamson’s lyrics prove once again that she is as talented a song writer as she is a performer. Her songs exhibit a strong sense of comedy, poking fun at herself; Don’t Make a Scene Kathleen and at the current poker craze on Texas Hold Em. American Dream toodles across the country sampling regional music with a toe tapping beat while Mean Mean Road showcases Williamson’s lowdown blues.
The Sacred Spud is a must-have.

susan leary

a marvelous kindered spirit, withsweet vocals and great sounds.
this cd is filled with saucey sounds. it has the most beautiful harmonizing; jazzy blues; street gritty tempos; upbeat country fun; shades of the 60's; romantic and passionate heat; a cadence style story; a song of freedom and war'; relaxing vocals; thoughts of devotion as well as how to keep your soul mate; and ending with and upbeat, happy, spirited song with a knee slapping beat...called thankful way to be. this cd is a must for everyone, it has it all, just the way life should be. i'm lukcy to have it. truly good music is a treasure to own. don't wait.

marie valletutti , new york city

finally ,,,,a cd to relax to....music to cherish...
have you been waiting for a great sound? are you looking for honest music that rocks, carries passion, and has a deep blues soul? well, here it is...
i'm glad my husband got this cd for me.....you will be too.
try it and listen to her words. and their harmony.
i dare you not to like it....enjoy....... :)

sadelle

Amazing talent, great variety from folk to gospel.
Wonderful orginal songs. It will make you dance, sing, think and laugh. I love all the songs One of my favorites are Thankful way to be. It is a great mixture of songs and music that will keep you playing it again and again.

Lois Sheering

Treat for the senses
Kathleen's original music touches all emotions. Makes one laugh, cry, sing and dance. Her choices of accompanying musicians perfectly complement her creations. Love it!

Jim Nelson

Finding the Miracle of Human Love Everyday
The title of Kathleen Williamson's second solo CD is, on one level, a joke. The potato shaped like a Sacred Heart is something Kathleen actually discoverd in her kitchen when she returned from an extended musical trip to Ireland back in the eighties. Kathleen likes to jest, in her live performances, that it is a better sign than the Vigin on the tortilla or other acclaimed, at least in some quarters, religious revelations. Yet, the theme of revelation, of the holiness of what we often see as the oridinary is present in many of the songs on this fine recording. The bookends of this might be the jokey tone of the opening cut, Looking For a Savior (which is not without a serious undercurrent of longing), and the heartfelt Is it a Sin, which has the singer asking if one can start over again after the loss of a lover. In a similar way, Keep it Faithful advises those who would love someone (or do) to be, Kind and steady...and let her decide. I think Kathleen means that in true love we should focus on our beloved not on our own feelings of longing and desire. But this quiet satisfaction with one's lot is expressesd in a more positive and joyful way in Faithful Way to Be, in which the singer has made a peace with reality, a peace that is not especially one of quiet contemplation. As the Kathleen of Don't Make a Scene Kathleen is obviously no shrinking violet, content to sit and meditate on life. She wants to grab it with both hands and, to quote Van Morrison, Let go into the mystery. I should say at this point that much of Sacred Spud is purely a joy, and does not require plumbing these tunes for a deeper meaning. But, if you want to go there, those depths are waiting for you. The songs on this album show an excellent songwriter both growing and maturing in her skill and vision. Kathleen's backing band on this CD also deserves praise. First, the late Hal Rugg, whose steel guitar playing has graced the recordings of many a Nashville legend, proves here that he remained a fine player to the end. Master guitarist Ed DeLucia demonstrates with his work on Sacred Spud why he is considered one of Tucson's best musicians. Sabra Faulk, on bass, Steve Willis, on keyboards, Kathy Bayley on baking vocals, and Ralph Gilmore on drums all lend fine support. Amsterdam's Mr Boogie Woogie (piano), Regina the Queen, one of Kathleen's Desert Diva mates, and Tucson Blues legend, Lisa Otey contribute their talents to Looking for a Savior and Thankful Way to Be. Finally, kudos to Duncan Stitt's recording and production skills (he co-produced with Kathleen).