K.C. McKanzie sings like she was born and raised in Appalachia, but the truth is very different. She wasn’t raised in the hills of Tennessee, the valleys of Virginia, or the nooks and crannies of Kentucky. She grew up half a world away in Germany. How did she get into music steeped in Americana while growing up in Europe? Simple, she listened to a bunch of Canadians. As she put it, “I sat next to my sister and the radio played the song “The Weight” from “The Band”. I knew from now on that this is the sound. I wrote down the name of the Band on a napkin– still got the napkin but never bought the record!”
Since I’m on the road this weekend, headed to Green Bay for a little Monday Night Football, here’s some info about McKanzie from her official bio:
Diving into silence, pure unprettified longing, baneful and melancholy, K.C. McKanzie has an appreciation for the macabre, the offensive and the unusual. None of the heroes of her songs is without a secret; not a single chord that couldn’t be bent into soft dissonances. It’s a hard but honest tone in K.C. McKanzie’s compositions.
Her soft and clear voice floats wistful-folky on top of the music, and shows the way through the musical landscapes that K.C. McKanzie (banjo, guitar, vocals,) creates with her partner Joe “Budi” Budinsky (bass, banjo).
They play without palliation – reducing their songs to the essential substance of rhythm, melody and story.
The Press places K.C. McKanzie as “Neo-Traditional”, deeply rooted in Folk and Roots-Music while emphasizing that it is music that stands out from the masses.
K.C. McKanzie places herself somewhere between the English Folk of the 60s and 70s and the Americana acoustic sound of today. Listening to K.C. McKanzie, one is reminded of Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Gillian Welch. The duo captures the audience live with their charming ways of dry humour and obvious enjoyment in the music. K.C. McKanzie pays respect to her folk heroes hitting that everlasting nail of John Henry into the rough, brittle wood.
Dryland is McKanzie’s fourth album, and it fuses country, roots, and old-time Americana into a tight, simple package.
“Man of Gentle Birth”
“Roll My Blues Away”, live (Blind Boy Grunt cover)