Kate Schutt At A Glance:
- Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer
- Originally from Pennsylvania, now lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
- At age 11, began studying with renowned educator and legendary guitarist John Dougherty
- Harvard University grad, Magna Cum Laude, English, American Literature and Language
- Berklee College of Music Alum
- Her first release No Love Lost featured gypsy jazz guitarist Duane Andrews and trumpeter Patrick Boyle
- A constant collaborator, Kate has worked with Paul Reddick, Lori Cullen, Andrew MacPherson, Noah23, Oliver Schroer, Justin Faulkner (Christian McBride, Branford Marsalis) John Ellis (Jason Marsalis, Charlie Hunter), Gregoire Meret (Pat Metheny, Mike Stern)
- Self-produced her sophomore release, Telephone Game, engineered and mixed by Canadian uber-producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda (Barenaked Ladies, Spirit of the West, Rheostatics)
Telephone Game Release Date: May 26, 2009 (Canada) July 4, 2009 (US)
You could call Kate Schutt a musical triathlete. She is a creative triple threat - a guitarist, producer and singer/songwriter of rare skill and originality. The sports analogy is fitting, given that her teenage prowess as an ice hockey and lacrosse player helped the Pennsylvania born and bred Schutt gain access to the hallowed halls of Harvard. Her other passion, music, then took over. After a rigorous education at the famed Berklee College of Music, Kate’s commitment to music became entrenched.
Telephone Game, Kate’s self-produced second full-length album, is a remarkably lush, melodic record that deftly walks the line between pop, soul and jazz. This balancing act creates an uncanny sense of familiarity from the very first listen.
A myriad of styles and influences, Telephone Game showcases Kate’s innate ability to write from various perspectives and in different voices. The lead track, “Take Everything”, is a smoldering, soulful song that pleads “Take everything, but leave me something: something I can forget you by.” Inspired by the Eastern seaboard power outage of 2003, “Blackout” possesses an unabashed rock vibe. Laced with chaotic yet calculated guitar distortion and feedback, it perfectly captures the east coast’s plunge into darkness. “Take Me With You” coasts along like a lost jazz standard until you get to the rock-ish bridge” - all energetic power chords and motion. Kate pulls this off magically, naturally; many of her songs sound like one thing (retro jazz standards) that then morph into and out of another style (rock interludes, blues vamps, gypsy jazz meditations).