Monday, September 14, 2009


Kathryn Marie McDonald (born 25 September 1948), popularly known as Kathi McDonald, is a blues and rock singer. She currently performs with Kathi McDonald & Friends. She has appeared on an extensive list of rock and blues albums and toured extensively with Long John Baldry prior to his death. Kathi was born in Anacortes, Washington and resides in the Seattle Washington state area but still has strong San Francisco music connections.

At the age of 19 she set off for San Francisco and its burgeoning musical climate, where she met the Turners and,
through her association with them, took the first step on a career path that would span more than three decades. McDonald got her big break and her first big professional gig when she was attending an Ike (& Tina) Turner concert and was singing in the audience at Winterland. Her powerful voice drew Ike Turner's notice and he invited the aspiring singer to his and Tina Turner's next rehearsal. McDonald had snagged a spot in the Ikettes. It was a heady and magical beginning for someone who never had any formal lessons.

Not long after the evening at Winterland, McDonald's talent caught the attention of Sam Andrew of Big Brother and the Holding Company. Invited to audition with the band, McDonald hitched and worked her way down to San Francisco. Before McDonald could arrive, the band had gotten a singer through a hometown friend of Chet Helms. Her name was Janis Joplin. Eventually the band resurrected itself after Joplin's departure, with the addition of Nick Gravenitis and Kathi McDonald, and subsequently recorded three albums: Can't Go Home Again, How Hard It Is, and Be a Brother.

McDonald went on to sing with Mad Dogs & Englishmen for Joe Cocker, and later sang with Leon Russell's Shelter People. Her session work included recordings for such artists as the Rolling Stones, Nils Lofgren, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, and Dave Mason. Her work for other musical artists totals up to appearances on almost 150 albums, more than six dozen of which achieved gold status.[1] In addition, McDonald also launched a solo career in 1974 with the release of the album Insane Asylum. The recording was arranged by Pete Sears, whose formal band associations include Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship and was produced by David Briggs. Insane Asylum featured performances by Tower of Power, the Pointer Sisters, Aynsley Dunbar, John Cippolina, Neil Schon, and Ronnie Montrose. (Wikipedia)

Track List

01 - Bogart To Bowie
02 - To Love Somebody
03 - (Love Is Like A)Heatwave
04 - Threw My Love Away
05 - Freak Lover
06 - Down To The Wire
07 - Heartbreak Hotel
08 - If You Need Me
09 - Something Else
10 - All I Want To Be
11 - Insane Asylum


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