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Kathy Kallick Band Scores Top Artist for December, 2015

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Kathy Kallick BandAccording to the monthly survey of airplay on folkdj-l, the folk music DJ email listserver, the Kathy Kallick Band are the Top Artists of December, 2015 — and their new release, Foxhounds, had the third most airplay of any album in that month. (#1 is a new seasonal sampler and #2, a heavily-promoted tribute album, had one more spin than the Kathy Kallick Band (KBB).

Peter Thompson writes, "These results are based on nearly 15,000 airplays from 144 different DJs, as compiled by KBCS’ Richard Gillmann. Congratulations to Kathy Kallick, Annie Staninec, Cary Black, Greg Booth, and Tom Bekeny! The end of November is probably an ill-advised time to release a non-holiday album, but the great music on Foxhounds is finding an audience."

The Kathy Kallick Band's new album, Foxhounds, was officially released on Nov. 19th. There is a tendency to think of West Coast bluegrass as being softer, jazzier, and somehow “other” than traditional. This can be the case, but there is also a school of bluegrass in Northern California which has, from the beginning, been steeped in Monroe-based tradition—as well as welcoming to women and original songs.

Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, now releasing her 17th album, recordings which include over 100 of her original songs. Along the way, she has won a Grammy and two IBMA Awards for her part on True Life Blues: The Songs Of Bill Monroe, had five title tracks and albums -- Call Me A Taxi, Walkin’ In My Shoes, Warmer Kind Of Blue, Between the Hollow and the High-Rise, and Time each spent a year in the top echelon of the national bluegrass charts.

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