August 24, 2006

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Hard-working mama
Catie Curtis celebrates motherhood, longevity with 8th album
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Fifteen years of musicianship and eight albums would be, for most musicians, an impressive résumé.

But for Catie Curtis, her eighth album, Long Night Moon, marks an even bigger life accomplishment — being a parent.

“My partner and I adopted two children. The material on the previous album was sort of about anticipating becoming a parent. The new album, Long Night Moon, was written while we were waiting for our youngest daughter to come home and waiting for the adoption process to be worked out,” Curtis said.

Curtis is a folk-pop musician, with early influences from the ’70s Los Angeles scene such as Jackson Browne and later influences such as Cheryl Wheeler, Dar Williams and Greg Brown. Like those artists, she says, she isn’t driven by producing radio hits and gaining major amounts of fame.

“Let’s be honest, there is a lot of money involved in getting those tracks on the radio and my little indie folk label just isn’t in the position to do that. It’s just part of the business that I’ve chosen not to be a part of but, on the other hand, I don’t have an aversion to radio in general,” Curtis said.

Smaller commercial stations, noncommercial radio and XM radio have added some of Curtis’ songs to their playlists. Curtis said she isn’t focused on the success of this album, stating that she’s made her career out of performing and touring for the last 12 years and will continue to do so.

Curtis will come from Boston to perform at Tupelo Music Hall and brings Kevin Barry, who has toured with Mary Chapin Carpenter and will be backing her up on the guitar.

She describes her modern folk music as a mix of traditional and contemporary, with acoustic sounds and some political messages but also with more of a pop sensibility in the melodies and rhythms.

“The basis of the songs have more of a rock or even funk rhythm at times as opposed to being the traditional, acoustic folk rhythm. My audience has grown significantly over the years, just from playing live shows, and that’s what I’ll continue to do. The record, it’s nice for the label if they sell a lot of copies, but it’s not a huge issue with me,” Curtis said.


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