Hi! I am writing to you from backstage, I'm on the East Coast with Jefferson Starship this week. Today was a flying day and, of note, there was a person with the initials FAR_T on the standby cleared list. Lucky for him, he was able to slip on the flight. I mean, he just squeaked on. Secondly, American Airlines recently added a feature where the play solo piano versions of contemporary songs piped through the PA during boarding and deplaning. As an American frequent flyer, I have been really annoyed after hearing Adele's Set Fire to the Rain and Coldplay's Para-para-paradise one too many times. They must have gotten some NEW new versions of new songs since the last time I flew as today I heard a solo piano version of Blurred Lines, the great Marvin Gaye rip-off by Robin Thicke. It made me LLOL (which means "literally laugh out loud") Which reminds me of a t-shirt a recently saw that says, "I figuratively want to kill people who say 'literally' too much." Or some such. Anyway, more later, the show is about to start. We are in Shirley, MA tonight at a place called Bull Run. There is literally a giant fake bull on top of the sign in the parking lot.
Whether surrounded by top musicians or standing alone with an acoustic guitar, seeing Cathy Richardson live is an experience that is difficult to explain. Critics have described the effect in ways such as "witnessing a space shuttle launch", "a force of nature," "kinetic," "unleashing a tsunami from her iron-lungs," "haunting," "stunning," "breath-taking power," "unbelievably powerful," or simply stated, "WOW." GRAMMY Nominee and four-time DIY Music Award-winning singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actress and designer Cathy Richardson has independently released and sold over 30,000 copies of her seven albums, portrayed Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway hit Love, Janis and is the current lead singer for the legendary Jefferson Starship (with founding members Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and David Freiberg). And just when you thought she couldn't possibly rock any harder, Richardson unveils her latest project, the Macrodots, a hard-rocking collaboration with San Francisco guitarist Zack Smith. Chicago's Daily Herald raves: Longtime fans of Richardson will recognize the attitude and energy of her singing here, but might be surprised to hear the bluesy, acoustic touches of her previous records largely replaced by a hard-driving electric sound. The new songs evoke '70s classic rock, but with a contemporary sheen. In 2008, Richardson joined Jefferson Starship, this time singing the songs of another one of her childhood heroines, Grace Slick. With Cathy on lead vocals, Jefferson Starship continues to tour in venues all over the world. Last year's highlights included the sold-out 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Concert in Bethel, NY and West Fest, a free concert in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which drew 100,000 people. Richardson performs solo acoustic or with her virtuoso band, featuring the amazing Jude Gold on guitar, Jon Herrera on bass, rock veteran Donny Baldwin on drums (Richardson’s bandmate in Jefferson Starship), and fiddle player, Anne Harris.