by Andrew Sacher
Kath Bloom in NYC in 2011 (via)
Kath Bloom is something of a cult hero in folk circles. You might know her song "Come Here" which was used prominently in Richard Linklater's film Before Sunrise. (Crayon Fields covered the song as a b-side last year too.) Chapter Music, which is Crayon Fields' label, has been a champion of her for some time, reissuing much of her impossible-to-find '70s/'80s catalog, as well as new material, including 2008's Terror, her first official new album since 1984.The above quote is taken from a post Bill wrote in 2010 when Kath Bloom had just released Thin Thin Line, her most recent solo album. Kath began a tour last night (6/5) in Burlington, VT which she'll be on for the rest of the month. That tour includes an East Coast leg which brings her to NYC on June 10 at Zebulon for a show with fellow cult folk singer Ed Askew along with Cave Country and Fancy That. That tour also includes a hometown show in New Haven, CT show and a few more East Coast dates before Kath heads to California to finish up the final leg of her tour.
Last year, Chapter Music released Loving Takes This Course, a two-CD set that featured one disc of covers by the likes of Devendra Banhart, Bill Callahan and The Dodos, and a second disc of the original Kath Bloom songs that were covered on the first disc. Kath's brand new album, Thin Thin Line, which got an 8.0 on Pitchfork.
I caught Kath on her 2011 fall tour and she's definitely worth seeing if you have the chance (especially on a shared bill with Ed Askew). Like Ed, she's a totally humble performer and her voice is in great shape. With just her delicate guitar and sorrow-filled voice, Kath has the ability to keep a room entirely quiet in a way that fans of Phil Elvrum should find appealing. Some live videos are below.
Speaking of Ed Askew, he's got another NYC show coming up this month at La Sala on June 25 with Ry Crane and Strawberry Hands.
A list of all dates and videos below...
Kath Bloom - "Another Point of View"
Kath Bloom - "It's Just A Dream"
Kath Bloom -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/6 Casa del Popolo Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6/7 HOUSE SHOW BURLINGTON, VT
6/9 The Spotty Dog Hudson, NY
6/10 Zebulon New York City, NY w/ Ed Askew
6/12 Intercambio New Haven, CT
6/14 The Velvet Lounge Washington DC
6/15 Folkadelphia Philadelphia, PA
6/20 Havens Underground Nevada City, CA
6/21 Smileys Bolinas, CA
6/22 Carter Ranch Festival Bootjack, CA
6/23 Carter Ranch Festival Bootjack, CA
6/24 The Sanitarium/Barn San Luis Obispo, CA
6/26 The Alternative Cafe Seaside, CA
6/27 Henry Miller Library Big Sur, CA
Ed Askew -- 2012 Tour Dates
6/10/12 Zebulon Brooklyn NY w/ Kath Bloom, Cave Country
6/25/12 La Sala Brooklyn NY w/ Ry Crane, Strawberry Hands