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Kathryn Caine / Press

“–Singer-songwriter Kathryn Caine’s fifth album is a nice showcase for her fine songwriting and expressive singing, and she helps her own cause by acting as co-producer. Caine is from Charlottesville, Virginia, so it’s not surprising that the 12 songs on When I Was His Wife (10 of them written and one co-written by Caine) feature a bluegrassy country sound, with some folk and gospel influences thrown in to good effect. Caine does an excellent job of accompanying herself on piano on three songs. Extra credit to McLaughlin, who co-produced the album and also recorded, mixed, engineered and mastered it. With a few exceptions, Caine’s subject matter tends toward the dark side – failed romance, hard times, drinking and regret are among the themes she explores. But she does it with skill, and the high quality of her singing and the band’s playing keep the album from descending into depression. Best bets in”

“You know, I’m always surprised by how much I like listening to well-done bluegrass music. This lady out of Charlottesville, NC is just what the doctor ordered if you need a shot of the good stuff! Her song submission was fantastic. A couple of her other songs I listened to were great too showing that she casts a wide musical net incorporating a more traditional country sound, some southern rock, and even a hint of soul. Recommended.”

“Next up is our old friend Kathryn Caine from Charlottesville, whose "Down Home Girl" album we featured in this slot way back when. Her new album "When I Was His Wife" is in the same country/ bluegrass vein but is an even better album. I put that down mainly to the quality of the writing, the excellent vocals and musicianship being almost taken as read. Yet notwithstanding the many strong originals like "Forget About Me", the track I have chosen is the one cover version on the album - a very soulful version of a favourite old hymn. ”

““Down Home Girl is not traditional bluegrass, but falls under the bluegrass genre because of Andy’s mandolin playing, and my voice and songwriting. I also Grew up singing bluegrass with my family. My father was taought bano by Little Roy Lewis of The Lewis Family."”

“A slower track, For You gives more highlight to Caine's voice as there's not much else to cover it up. Her voice is clear when need be, and has just enough edge to make a Sheryl Crow comparison. ”

“Finally her track, Honey Hill does a fantastic job blending pop with bluegrass. Its a full drum kit, bass, electric guitars outfit; but all the while still has a bluegrass quality.”

“With a voice that rivals such acts as Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, Caine delivers an awesome performance throughout her new album.”

“performer in town had a memorable singing voice that could move effortlessly from a rocking rasp to an aching softness. Her fan base quickly expanded like an incoming tide. ”

“Kathryn Caine dazzles on Down Home Girl. Based in Country but dabbling with Folk and Rock N Roll, Caine's dynamic Country debut is among the elite debuts in 2009.”

“Down Home Girl" Was recorded here in Charlottesville at The Sound Studios and has 11 songs written by me. Andy Thacker did all of the guitar and mandolin arrangements, and then we got the rest of the guys and made a great recording. James engineered it, mixed it and helped me produce it.”

“The guitar work here is incredible and worth trying to figure out if you're so inclined. Caine is in fine voice, which is vaguely reminiscent of Dolly Parton's but in a lower register.”

“The guitar work here is incredible and worth trying to figure out if you're so inclined. Caine is in fine voice, which is vaguely reminiscent of Dolly Parton's but in a lower register.”