Katya Chorover / Bio
Katya's BRAND NEW CD -- BIG BIG LOVE-- Now Available!
>"genuinely reminiscent of early Emmylou Harris.” Durango Herald
>"Absolutely top-notch!" - Nancy Viviolo, Director, Juan de Fuca Festival, Pt Angeles, WA
>"Katya's special blend of music...grabbed the audience's attention and held it until the end." - Dave Aneckstein, Harrisburg, PA. -MTV Online
>"Man! Can she SING!" - John Cephas, blues legend
Combining elements of Americana, folk, blues and country, Katya's sound has been described as "folky tonk". A singer, songwriter and seasoned performer, she refers to the "music teachers in her life" as Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Bonnie Raitt, Joni, Gillian Welch, U2, Nina Simone, Prince, The Clash, The Pogues, John Prine, Patsy Cline, Jackson Brown, old folkways recordings and old jazz fakebooks ... Others frequently compare her songs and vocals to Iris Dement, and Emmylou Harris.
Katya is currently touring in support of her 4th CD, Big Big Love. The album was recorded in Portland Oregon, in February, and officially released on October, 2011. The recording was co-produced by veteran Northwest musician Casey Neill, and features several members of Neills' band the Norway Rats, whose credits collectively include The Decemberists, Lucinda Williams, The Eels, Caleb Clauder Band, and the Minus 5. Also featured on the CD is Annalisa Tornfelt on backing vocals and fiddle, guitarist Matt Brown (She and Him), and Dan Tyack on pedal steel guitar and dobro.
Reviews are just starting to trickle in, after the CD was mailed to radio and press all around the US and Canada last month. One of the first, from a music blog called Gigape called Big Big Love “a beautiful melodic snap shot of migration, loss and eventual redemption. Katya’s voice makes me think of a young Nanci Griffith and she has the ability and delicate grace to make the mind conjure windswept mountain ranges filled with long lost love. The album includes standout tracks Cavalries of Love, Little Bird and Satisfied Life. Big Big love would sit well on your 2012 playlists!”
–Gigape.com blogger Paul McGlade
Here’s what some of the DJs are saying in the first weeks:
"New to me, but love, love, love her singing!!" Gerry Goodfriend of CKUT in Montreal
"Katya Chorover has received eight (8) spins so far this week here at WERU. Our Americana morning drive disc jockeys seem to love the album so far. Thanks for sending it along to us!" Denis Howard, Music Director WERU, Blue Hill, ME.
“Just got Katya’s CD on Thursday. It’s great! I’ll pass along to our Folk programmer here at the station. Guaranteed airplay!”-Dan Joseph, Music Director, CKWR in Waterloo, Ontario
And, this, sent to the Facebook page for Indiana DJ Norm Mast’s show, The Back Porch: “Thanks for turning me on to Katya Chorover! Just made my first new music purchase of 2012!”
To date, Katya has released three other CDs on her own label, Cat and the Moon Music: How this Feels ('94), The Clearing ('98), and Off the Map ('01).
Her 2001 release, Off the Map, was dubbed one of the "Best of the year" by several folk DJs and Katya was selected by Ruby Brown, host of KMTT-FM's Acoustic Brunch show as one of her "top 5 artist picks for tomorrow's hits" in Performing Songwriter magazine, saying "...Her range continues to amaze me!" Victory Review called Off the Map "lush and soulful...top-notch!" and Dirty Linen declared "the arrangements are vintage Nashville ".
Chorover moved from Seattle to SW Colorado in November of '06. She is touring steadily throughout 2012 in support of her new record, and is available as a solo performer, a duo (usually with pedal steel), or when budget permits, with a band.
- Band Members:
- Katya - Vocals, guitars; IN Colorado: John Grandt- Drums; Jim Belcher - Bass; Carl Johnson - Pedal Steel Guitar; West Coast: Dan Tyack Pedal Steel and Dobro
- Artist Name:
- Katya Chorover
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- Active Since:
- Americana / Alt.Country / Folk Rock
- Cortez, CO
- Katya Chorover
- Emmylou Harris
- Nanci Griffith
- Joni Mitchell
- Lucinda Williams
- Iris DeMent