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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Kat Danser Earns Her Title As Canada's Queen of the Swamp Blues

Kat Danser Earns Her Title As Canada's Queen of the Swamp Blues With Baptized By The Mud
In the few months since Edmonton artist Kat Danser released her fourth recording, Baptized by the Mud, she's proven time and time again why she is widely considered to be "Canada's Queen of the Swamp Blues".  Baptized by the Mud has received several excellent reviews from critics around the world as well as continued placement on the !earshot and Roots Music report charts. 

Here's what people are saying:

… evocative performances create a vibrant tapestry of expressive, powerful images and moods within an atmosphere that is simultaneously radiant and smoky- the church of the roadhouse, perhaps.  Indeed, a joyful blues noise abounds.” - Donald Teplyske, Fervor Coulee

"...a righteous blend of gospel and blues with that ever present swamp vibe- a New Orleans thing really, the kind of music where you sense all kinds of interesting things hiding in the dark corners.  Danser effortlessly mixes her own stuff with well and lesser known gospel songs for a potent mix of roots, blues and spiritual music. This has the vibe of a straight up blues album by Robbie Robertson, if he were to ever attempt such a thing- rich, full, haunting and inspirational all at the same time.  I love this record!" - John Kereiff, Gonzo Online
"There’s a truly unique sound found in this album and is definitely worth checking out, especially for those who are ready to hear a voice they’ve never heard before." - Liz Lohnes, Blues Rock Review 

“… paying respect to the past and doing her part to take music forward. Baptized by the Mud is sonically gorgeous with a glowing mix of stringed instruments from Danser and album producer, Steve Dawson.” – Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal
“… this album will transport you back to an earlier time and remind us that even with a new found soul full of blues, Kat Danser can still get down and make a priest blush.” – Vinny Bond, American Blues

Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates
Friday, February 21, 2014
Deep Winter Blues Festival
Acoustic Solo
The Happy Nun Café - Forget, Saskatchewan
Saturday, February 22, 2014 
Kat Danser Mississippi Juke Joint Show
Acoustic Solo
The Artesian on 13th - Regina, Saskatchewan
Monday, February 24 - Thursday, February 27, 2014
Blues In The Schools
Blues Education Program throughout public schools in Saskatoon
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Saskatoon Blues Festival
Acoustic Solo
Acoustic Stage - The Park Town, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Friday, February 28, 2014 
StirCrazy Blues Festival
Kat Danser Trio (with Farley Scott and Jim Guiboche)
Lyric Theatre - Swift Current, Saskatchewan
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Kat Danser & The Buddies (Jamie Philp & Farley Scott)
Blue Chair Acoustic Café - Edmonton, Alberta
Saturday, April 26, 2014 
Kat Danser & The Buddies (Jamie Philp & Farley Scott)
 featuring "The Go-Getums"
Blue Chair Acoustic Café - Edmonton, Alberta
About Kat Danser
Kat Danser’s music navigates a paddle steamer from the muddy banks of the Mississippi Delta downriver toward a big ol’ full moon over New Orleans. Dubbed ‘Queen of the Swamp Blues’, this Edmonton-based guitar slinger, songsmith, and blazing vocalist channels the spirit of roots, blues and gospel music pioneers.
Her fourth album, Baptized by the Mud, is a collaboration between Danser and Juno-award winning producer Steve Dawson. The recording addresses the dichotomy of ‘church-blues’: blues music as devilish and church music as angelic. This sub-genre demonstrates that human truth and the divine are one in the same – “one is preached from behind the pulpit and the other from behind the plow”.
A national touring and award-winning artist, Danser has performed at the 25th Anniversary of Canadian Women in Blues at Massey Hall in Toronto, the Calgary International Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, Regina Folk Festival, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, The Winspear Centre’s ‘Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts’, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Mountainview Music Festival, Islands Music Festival and the Winter Roots and Blues Festival.
Danser is currently working on her PhD in Music focusing on music and meaning. She instructs undergraduate students of Popular Music at the University of Alberta, facilitates music and healing at the U-School Program, and instructs her own Music Education Program from elementary schools to adult instructional camps. Danser’s primary goal is to use music as a space for personal exploration and as a method to strengthen communities.
Baptized By The Mud is available on iTunes and is distributed physically and digitally by Outside Music

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