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KALO / Press

“It’s safe to say that Bat-Or Kalo is the only female Israeli Defense Force veteran ever to launch her blues career from Oklahoma ...She has songs invoking both Jesus of Nazareth and Chevrolet of Detroit. As with many Israelis, Kalo is basically a citizen of the world. Her vocal accent would be difficult to identify if you were unaware of her background ...She’s a bad ass on guitar plain and simple. Most tracks feature stout Gibson Les Paul electric solos that register in the bone chilling category. Some songs such as “Looking for Me” boast intricate musicality including violin and banjo. The album title’s two words normally signal the end of a relationship in letter form but with Kalo it should be your start.”

“Israeli-born Bat-Or Kalo is a singer, songwriter and guitarist with a true gift and a style of delivery that captures the attention of her audiences from the very start to the finish. A diverse style that bends blues and R&B seamlessly, Kalo is not your run of the mill contemporary blues singer. Backed by a stellar band that knows and understands the inner workings of the music and its history...and has a true passion for the music as well as the ability to "play well with others," this project comes together beautifully.”

“This is a welcome and refreshing approach to the world of blues. Greatly endorsed!”

“Dear John has been available since late 2013, but it certainly deserves to be heard by a wider audience. KALO mixes the blues with a variety of American genres and Dear John should appeal to a variety of music fans.”

"Dear John" makes (a) big appetite for more. (translation from German)

“KALO (and her trio) is a lady who stands by her musical variety and class. Fans of blues, folk, rock and R & B ... will surely get their money (worth).”

“KALO/Dear John: In which we find a white girl with the blues taking it to the next level of the game proving that sometimes you just have to sit back and enjoy the back story. An Israeli lass who has finished her military stint picks up where she left off with a Jimi Hendrix cassette sending her and her electric guitar off into some zone where west side Chicago resurfaced on Mars. Multi-cultured to the max, Kalo sounds more like a pissed off riot grrrl than a white girl with the blues but maybe there’s a crossover where it all comes together. A cutting edge piece of the nu genre.”

“Sitting back contemplating what l just heard, l realized l was smiling going through song after song that l had just heard. it certainly was a journey that few albums could take you on, but this is something to really savour. Bat-Or Kalo isn't just another "chick with a guitar and band." No, rather, here we have sheer talent and the ability to display those immense talents. Her voice is angelic one moment and a rock banshee the next. It never once loses that uncanny musicality she possesses. As a guitarist, Kalo can hold her own against the best music has to offer. I absolutely love her band who know how to accentuate the majesty of their leader in Bat-Or Kalo. An album of this quality does not come along all that often, as there is no place to hide within it and unless the performers are of the highest caliber, then l suggest you don't attempt to emulate this album. This one has certainly left its mark on my heart.”

Peter Merrett, PBS 106.7 Melbourne, Australia

“Israeli frontwoman and guitarist KALO is pure force and proof that big things come in small packages. The spritely, often beautifully gender-bending woman has lived in Oklahoma less than three (and in the United States about five) years, and her trio – made up of veteran drummer Mike Alexander and versatile bassist Mack McKinney – never sounds like only three. When she’s onstage, eyes are glued to what might happen next: a cute quip about her English (her Israeli accent often bleeds through), a stroll through the crowd with her electric guitar or a musical build-up that leaves onlookers quaking for more – it’s all possible with KALO and makes for an energy-and-emotion filled stage show. KALO’s done her homework soaking up the sounds of the Delta and the South. It’s often melancholy about love that didn’t quite work out while switching gears to anthem cries about marching to the beat of her own drum.”

“Kalo the band is becoming a phenomenon. The band also features Choctaw's Mike Alexander on drums and Mack McKinney, her longtime friend from Little Rock, Ark., on bass. The group gelled when the ambitious singer/songwriter/guitarist made the move to Oklahoma City in 2012. There, she recorded her 2013 sophomore effort, "Dear John," at Studio Seven.”

“The tabletop solo and the unique edge of Kalo’s trio KALO became the talk of blues music lovers in January when the band competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., an epic battle of blues bands. (The trio) played to packed crowds up and down the renowned Beale Street during the weeklong competition.”

“In a lineup of straitlaced blues men, Bat-Or Kalo was sure to stick out, gender and daring solos aside.”

“One of the most dominant musical forces representing Currentland right now...””

“Leaving your family to live on your own is hard, but try leaving your country, too. That’s what an Israeli musician did to be able to live her dream...So Bat-or is making her own path...(She) lives and works here on a visa for someone with extraordinary abilities in the arts.”

“KALO is a great band with a soulful sound. It's blues in the 21st century!”

“If Kalo were a contestant on “The Voice,” before the judges caught the visage of the talented singer and guitar player, who knows what they might expect to see? Probably a big woman, considering the depth of her vocal range — she hovers around middle C, and her contralto slides easily an octave lower. They might even expect to see a man, given the aggressive, stylized power behind her playing. But as each judge’s chair would inevitably spin around, what they would see might surprise them.”

“If Kalo were a contestant on “The Voice,” before the judges caught the visage of the talented singer and guitar player, who knows what they might expect to see? Probably a big woman, considering the depth of her vocal range — she hovers around middle C, and her contralto slides easily an octave lower. They might even expect to see a man, given the aggressive, stylized power behind her playing. But as each judge’s chair would inevitably spin around, what they would see might surprise them.”

“We’ve been working with the amazing Bat-or Kalo on a video for her song “Dear John”. It’s been a sweet experience and not a bit like work, unless your job is to listen to loud music and hang out with cool people in weird places.”

"It may be an understatement saying Bat-Or Kalo and her band was the talk of the Stone River Musical Festival in September following her performance. Fest goers love this event because they get to see many of their favorite home grown acts in a family, country sitting. Kalo came to America from Israel about a year ago, landed in Oklahoma City, and her blues/rock set blew away a crowd..."

“KALO is a great band with a soulful sound. It's blues in the 21st century!”

“Leaving your family to live on your own is hard, but try leaving your country, too. That’s what an Israeli musician did to be able to live her dream...So Bat-or is making her own path...(She) lives and works here on a visa for someone with extraordinary abilities in the arts.”

“There’s this kind of artsy guy living in Oklahoma City, who rarely takes the beaten path, rambling off on his own, even when he’s supposed to be with the group. On this particular day he happened upon a festival, discovering a bluesy jewel, that happened to be entertaining the folks with her guitar. He calls his nephew and suggests he ought to book this gal at his music festival. Knowing his uncle’s eye for talent, Dustin Pittsley checked her out on the internet then booked Bat-or Kalo to the 2013 Stone River Music Festival. The rest is still making history”