Based out of Snohomish County, Hettel Street Blues features powerhouse vocalist Kathy Hettel; singing in the tradition of the great women of song such as Etta James, Ruth Brown and Dinah Washington. She is also a member of the Washington Blues society and a full time physician by day.
Kathy is backed by an accomplished and versatile band that mixes classic and contemporary arrangements to create a full range repertoire from Cool Jazz to House rockin’Blues and Classic R&B.
Hettel Street Blues has performed at regional events such as The Northwest Folklife Festival, Renton River Days, Edmonds Arts Festival, The Bite of Seattle, The Taste of Tacoma, The Marysville and Everett concerts in the parks series and The Renton Family Fourth on Lake Washington. HSB is also a regular performer at local venues such as Alligator Soul,The Highway 99 Blues club and Emory's on Silverlake,and is a favorite for private parties, weddings and Corporate events with diverse groups such as The Washington State Rotary, The Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, American Cancer relay for life, Bethany Rehab and The Issaquah Arts Guild. Hettel Street can play to audiences of all ages.
HERE IS a NEW REVIEW FROM THE WA BLUES SOCIETY **JUNE2008 Bluesletter**
"Within 5 seconds after the Hettel Street Blues band started playing I said to myself, "WHAT A FIND! WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD MORE ABOUT THIS BAND?" there are future BB Award nominees and possible winners in this band! it is rare to hear a band that features sax and harmonica at the same time, and even more rare for the sound to be fantastic, but this band accomplishes it. WHAT a find! the very professional vocalist is Kathy Hettel. the bass player is Donn Harvey. the drummer is Rick bowen. The sax players is harold Fox. The harmonica players is Steve Beadrey. The very impressive guitarist is Scott Caruso.
Kathy Hettel does something as a vocalist I don't see every day, she alters tempos, she starts, slow soft and low, then builds to the point of a powerful climax that astounds, then repeats the cycle. Classical music like Beethoven's 9th does this. this woman does is in blues What a find! Their rendition of "Summertime" was amazing. The softness and soulfullness built to a powerful movement that was like a slow awakening on a Sunday morning with a smile and leading a little while later to an awesome eargasm.
Robert Horn WA Blues Bluesletter June 2008 .