CD Reviews for Kate & Hollis' 2nd CD "Sugar Babe"
A review from CBC that was picked up by CD Baby...
"CBC Radio "Sugar Babe" ... tinged with the warmth of roots music. CBC Radio calls it "Music that's difficult to describe, but easy to love...."
Mike Sadava "Penguin Eggs" Canada's Folk Music Magazine
Kate and Hollis, Sugar Babe, Independent Recorded at Constant Sound Studio, Produced by Kate & Hollis Morgan
The husband/wife team of Kate and Hollis Morgan have produced a winner here. This Ottawa-area duo met when Kate needed a Dobro player. She got herself a husband and someone to make beautiful music with, literally. There’s a strong Appalachian influence here, but that’s just the start. They take journeys into swing, modern folk and even newgrass and I’ll eat the liner notes if Hollis didn’t listen to a lot of Lightfoot at some point in his life. Songs like “Jennie Wore White” show a heartfelt poignancy, while “Skinny Legs” is pure old-time silliness. Their voices blend well, the picking is solid and augmented by the addition of mandolin ace Emory Lester, bass player Ken Kanwisher and fiddle player Sarah Hill.
A comparison to Robin and Linda Williams would not be too far from the mark.
"Sugar Babe" Cd Review by A.L. "Chopper" McKinnon
Producer/Host of Canadian Spaces CKCU-FM
"The strength of Sugar Babe is immediately obvious...big presence both instrumentally and vocally. Kate & Hollis' excellent playing is enhanced by guests like Emory Lester (mandolin) and Sarah Hill (violin). Very tasty indeed!! There are two things you will hear from K&H's voices. The first is the strength and then the total honesty... and you will hear these from beginng to end. Of the thirteen tracks only two are traditional. Kate & Hollis have penned the remaining eleven. The writing is poignant, approachable, and honest. Kudos to all involved."
Introducing Kate & Hollis
Kate and Hollis are a husband and wife duo who perform original and traditional folk/roots music with a toe tapping bluegrass edge. Their show is energetic, warm and inviting. They share their stories with well written songs that range from historical to fanciful. Their music is presented with sweet, tight harmonies and sparkling instrumentals on guitar, dobro and banjo. They have been busy performing on a regular basis as a duo and as a quartet with special guests Emory Lester, a four time Canadian mandolin champion from Barrie, Ontario and Ken Kanwisher on stand up bass from Ottawa, Ontario.
Having met in the fall of 2004 their musical chemistry was an instant magical combination. Their personal chemistry kicked in as well and they were engaged three weeks later and married August 13, 2005. They have since opened a recording studio in their home called Constant Sound Studio in the Heart of Constance Bay, Ontario.
"Sugar Babe" is their second CD released in June 2007.