Caitlin Canty delivers her fine-edged songs with a 1930’s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto cut with wild defiant sorrow. Canty will release Reckless Skyline on January 20, 2015; an album produced by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault and featuring an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk.
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Canty will tour Reckless Skyline in January backed by the full band that played on the album, delivering these songs as they were intended; with gritty electric guitars and searing pedal steel underlined by her rock-steady rhythm section. “There’s nothing like the energy of a great live band, and this one is so good it would be a pity to keep all the fun to ourselves behind closed studio doors.” says Canty. “The session was magic. It was a thrill to spend those long days in the studio with this team and hear the fire they brought to my songs… There’s nothing like a top-notch band coming together to work and play, having a blast, and capturing that energy on a record.”
Recorded live in four days in the cavernous Sonelab studio in Easthampton, MA, the band worked fast and hard, cutting 19 tracks in all. Along with Canty, they create a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the heart of American music, tempered with a voice both haunting and distinct.
The studio and road band features Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Jeffrey Foucault (Cold Satellite) on guitars and backing vocals, Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, Eric Heywood (Ray Lamontange’s Pariah Dogs, Tift Merritt, The Pretenders) on pedal steel and electric guitars, and Matt Lorenz (Rusty Belle, Chris Smither) on pump organ, banjo, piano and fiddle.
Caitlin Canty’s songs imbue commonplace moments with strange magic and convey a restless energy, a clarity of purpose and desire to live fully within elemental processes – moving light, running water, wildfire. Lead track “Get Up” sets the tone for Reckless Skyline with a call to action to push on through the sentimental. “I wrote this song on a mountain pass in Idaho ravaged by and recovering from wildfire,” says Canty. When Canty sings, “Sleeping on embers / Breathing in rivers / Waking up shivering on summer’s hottest night” she becomes a part of the natural world the song inhabits, carving a line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power.
Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, Caitlin Canty spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of the successful Artists Den series. A constant collaborator, Canty writes and performs with several bands, including Down Like Silver – her ongoing duo project with Nashville’s Peter Bradley Adams – and the indie-folk quartet Darlingside. She has released two full-length albums, most recently Golden Hour, a gently produced and Western-tinged album recorded in Maine in the winter of 2012. Canty spends much of her year on the road, or dividing her time between Nashville, Idaho and New England.
Canty will be performing select shows in November before touring Europe in December. She hits the road in January with the full band from Reckless Skyline. More dates will be announced soon.
Caitlin Canty Tour Dates:
Nov 18 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
Nov 19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
Nov 20 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head
Dec 2-14 – EUROPE TOUR (Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium)
Jan 21 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Jan 22 – Newton Square, PA – Burlap and Bean
Jan 23 – Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room
Jan 24 – West Rutland, VT – West Rutland Town Hall Theater
Jan 25 – Cambridge, MA – Club Passim
Feb 19 – Gaithersburg, MD – Arts Barn
Feb 21 – New Hartford, CT – Nights at the Beekley
Reckless Skyline Track List
1 – Get Up
2 – True
3 – One Man
4 – My Love For You Will Not Fade
5 – The Brightest Day
6 – Enough About Hard Times
7 – Wore Your Ring
8 – My Baby Don’t Care
9 – Southern Man
10 – I Never
11 – Unknown Legend (Neil Young)
12 – Cold Habit
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