Boston- based singer/songwriter Katrin is gearing up for a second tour though Italy in support of her fourth self-released studio disc, ¡°Frail to Fearless¡±. Marking her first international release, the ten song record features some of the most respected players in the industry - legendary drummer and producer Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Hall & Oates, among others); bassist Tony Levin (John Lennon, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson); guitarist Bill Dillon (McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Sheryl Crow, King Crimson); and guitarist/harmonica player John Sebastian (Lovin' Spoonful), Accompanying Katrin on her 2014 tour will be drummer Andrea Ruta and bassist Lorenzo Burghignoli, whom Katrin met and performed with last year in San Guiseppe di Cassola at Auditorium Vivaldi to a captivated audience. ¡°It was instant chemistry¡±, Katrin recalls. ¡°I can¡¯t wait to play with these guys again!¡±
Jerry Marotta, who was first introduced to Katrin in 2010, produced ¡°Frail to Fearless¡±. In addition to producing the disc, Marotta plays drums throughout, as well as bass on a few songs. The record was recorded in West Hurley, NY at Dreamland Studios, (whose clients have ranged from the B-52s, Fleet Foxes to Sheryl Crow), as well as Jersville in Woodstock. Marotta envisions a bright future ahead. "She is phenomenally talented...I have worked with Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow, but I've never worked before with anyone who could do 10 takes or more on a five-and-a-half minute song and every take is consistently solid. Katrin can do that.'' The record has a singer-songwriter base, but also a soulfulness that came from her rock, soul and R&B influences. According to Katrin, "I don't consider myself primarily a folk singer, I have always felt more edgy than that.¡± Frail to Fearless is a consummate project with all-original songs gleaned from Katrin¡¯s experience of life, love and relationships. The treat at the end of the cd is a cover of Led Zeppelin¡¯s ¡°That¡¯s The Way¡±.
The essence of a self-made musician, Katrin (last name Roush), grew up in the Boston area and started performing in local clubs with her band and as a busker in Harvard Square and Faneuil Hall, where she stayed and played for three summers. "It toughened me up and made me more comfortable interacting with people,'' she recalls. That journey is reflected in her voice and pure, raw and honest songs. Katrin makes the most of her acoustic guitar with alternate tunings, which bring richness to her live sound. Described by Metronome Magazine¡¯s Douglas Sloan as having a voice ¡°thick and resonating with body and soul, Katrin sings with the passion of a woman using her last breath on earth¡±, her career highlights include opening for Boz Scaggs, Joan Armatrading, Chris Isaak, Huey Lewis and The News, and John Mayall, plus touring through Europe multiple times, including the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and has won numerous awards including finalist of Mountain Stage Award.
Enhanced by her steady work ethic, the future will be bright indeed as Katrin continues to develop into an artist with an exceptional ability to connect to live audiences and listeners in a way that few singer-songwriters can.