Kathy wrote new songs during the past two unusual years and is now back in the studio, recording a selection of this music with longtime producer Steve Dawson of Kernel Sound Emporium. She also will be traveling to France this summer, expecting to once again find songwriting inspiration from her journeys. More news coming soon.
New Song and Video: “Never Coming Out”
During the pandemic winter of 2020/21, Kathy spent some time in a backyard bubble tent, which became a special sanctuary. Coincidentally, she read a book while in the bubble about Julian of Norwich, a 14th-Century mystic who survived two devastating plagues and found blissful solitude when she shut herself away in a single room. “Never Coming Out,” a new song inspired by Kathy’s bubble experience and Julian’s life and philosophy, is now a YouTube video. To learn more about Julian, visit Kathy’s Halos Are History website.
New Video for If Title Track
A new video for the title track of the If album is now on YouTube. The song was inspired by the letters and philosophy of Clare of Assisi, Italy, a 13th-Century nun and saint. The video (2021) features photos from Kathy’s 2019 visit to Assisi and images of antique holy cards as well as ancient frescoes.
Newcity Magazine Includes If in its Monthly Top Five Albums
The If album was featured as a “Music Top 5” in the October 2020 edition of Newcity. Check it out here.
Americana UK Review
Thanks to Ljubinko Zivkovic for his Americana UK review of the If album.
Two Songs from If Album Selected for Quaranzine Online Arts Magazine
Kathy was honored to have two songs selected for Quaranzine online magazine, a multidisciplinary project of Third Estate Art focusing on activism and social issues in the arts. View the feature here.
Thank You, Supporters! New Album If Released with Proceeds to Joe Biden’s Campaign
A huge THANK YOU to all who generously participated in the album release fundraiser to benefit the Biden/Harris presidential campaign! Kathy donated proceeds on Bandcamp through October 9 to the official Joe Biden for President fund.
Livestreamed Chicago-Paris Music Chat
Kathy enjoyed chatting with Paris-based musician Hannah Judson about songwriting, music, and this unusual year during a livestreamed cross-continental conversation on November 6, 2020, via Facebook and YouTube.
Radio support of If Album Release
Thank you to Tom Jackson at WLUW-FM, Di Kulka at WLUW-FM, Mike Bennett at CHIRP Radio, and Lilli Kuzma at WDBC-FM for supporting the If album release with airplay!
Halos Are History Album and Website
Kathy wrote several songs for her Halos Are History album (2017) based on travels and historical research on women who became Catholic saints. Working with producer/musician Steve Dawson, the songs are also the nucleus of a Website, www.HalosAreHistory.com, featuring music, vintage and travel images, and Kathy’s stories about her connections to the people who inspired the songs.
Album on Favorites List
Thank you to WLUW-FM deejay Tom Jackson, who named Halos Are History as one of his favorite albums of 2017!
Sample Airplay for Halos Are History:
Richard Milne of 93XRT’s “Local Anesthetic” (Sundays, 10:30 pm). Listen here to the podcast in which Richard says, “Kathy, I think this is your best record.”
Mike Bennett of CHIRP Radio (Saturdays, 9 to noon). Tune in to his show at www.chirpradio.org.
Tom Jackson of WLUW-FM (“Somebody Else’s Troubles,” Saturdays, 11 am to noon) interviewed Kathy in the studio. Tune in to Tom’s show each week at 88.7 FM or www.WLUW.org.
Razor and Die of WLUW-FM (Fridays, 4 to 6 pm). Tune in at 88.7 FM or www.wluw.org.
Interview on Celtica Radio in Wales: Thanks to deejay Bill Everatt at Celtica Radio, who interviewed Kathy about the Halos Are History project via Skype. Kathy’s new songs also are on the Welsh station’s playlist. Tune in worldwide at www.CelticaRadio.com.
Halos Are History Album Now on Pandora
Pandora is now streaming the songs from the Halos Are History album. Listen here.
26th Annual (and Final!) Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular on WXRT-FM
Deejay Richard Milne hosted his final Local Anesthetic show with his annual Holiday Spectacular on Sunday, December 24, 2017. The show featured original musical greetings by local musicians, including Kathy. Kathy thanks Richard for his support of local music over the years!
Release of The Pilgrim Album
Kathy debuted her album, The Pilgrim, in June 2016 as part of a sold-out concert at Szold Hall at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. The show was a double-album release event, also featuring new music by her good friend, songwriter Melanie Budd.
About The Pilgrim . . .
For her sixth album, The Pilgrim, Kathy worked once again with musician/producer Steve Dawson. The recordings come on the heels of Kathy’s recent pilgrimages to Spain, Rome, and Paris. Lyrically, they ponder spiritual ideas and also honor the memory of her sister, Lynn, who was a traveler and citizen of the world. Preview songs and purchase the album here.
Americana UK Review of The Pilgrim
The Pilgrim was fortunate to be reviewed by top roots music website Americana UK. Read Paula Cooke’s write-up here.
Strutter’zine Reviews The Pilgrim
Gabor Kleinbloesem of the Netherlands’ Strutter’zine wrote a nice review of The Pilgrim. Read it here.
The Pilgrim Album Now Streaming on Pandora
The Pilgrim was accepted for streaming on Pandora, so you can now listen to the album’s songs (and discover music by similar songwriters) at Kathy Greenholdt Radio.
Airplay for The Pilgrim
Thank you to Chicago’s radio deejays for playing tracks from The Pilgrim. Songs have been featured on Chicago’s WXRT-FM, WLUW-FM, CHIRP Radio, WDCB-FM, WNUR-FM, and WVLP-FM.
Music from The Pilgrim featured on Freight Train Boogie
Thanks to Bill Frater for playing “Blue Girl” on his Freight Train Boogie Show #349, out of Santa Rosa, CA. Listen to the full show here.
NEWS FROM 2015 and Earlier (newest to oldest, top to bottom):
Archived WBEZ-FM Show Link:
Kathy was excited to be part of Niala Boodhoo’s WBEZ-FM “Afternoon Shift” segment on finding success at any age. Listen to the April 2015 program at this archived link.
Music from When You’re Dead Album Now on Pandora:
Kathy’s latest album, When You’re Dead, is now on Pandora.com. Listen to Kathy Greenholdt Radio here.
Chicago Acoustic Underground Podcast:
Host Michael Teach welcomed Kathy and Steve Dawson for Episode 534 of the Chicago Acoustic Underground podcast. To listen to the interview, see photos, and watch a video of the in-studio performance, visit the CAU Website.
Named to Annual “Faves” List:
Folk deejay Lilli Kuzma of WDCB-FM’s Folk Festival show named Kathy’s When You’re Dead album to her “Faves” list for 2013. Tune in to Folk Festival every Tuesday night, from 7-9 pm, at 90.9fm or wdcb.org.
Tune In to WXRT’s “Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular”:
WXRT Deejay Richard Milne will feature musical holiday greetings by Chicago-area bands and songwriters (including Kathy) during his annual “Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular” on Sunday, December 15, at 7 pm (rebroadcast on Sunday, December 22, 7 pm). Listen to WXRT (93.1 FM) live or stream the show here.
CD Now Available through Barnes & Noble:
There is now a new purchasing option for the When You’re Dead CD: you can order it on the Barnes & Noble Website. And, if you live in Chicago’s South Suburbs, you can pick up a copy at the Orland Park Barnes & Noble (160 Orland Park Place, 60462), where the songs are being played in-store! Thank you to Theresa Marketti at the Orland Park store.
Many thanks to Steve Zagata for creating a video for the song “Prayer to Saint Joan of Arc.” The video features archival footage from the 1927 silent film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. View the new video here.
New Album Added to More Than 140 Radio Stations!
When You’re Dead has been added to more than 140 radio stations across the U.S. Many, many thanks to the Music Directors and deejays at these stations! Thanks also to the folks at Tinderbox Music in Minneapolis.
Songs Broadcast on Folk/Americana Shows:
Thanks to Lilli Kuzma, host of the “Folk Festival” show on Chicagoland’s WDCB Public Radio, and to Bill Frater, host of the Santa Rosa, CA-based podcast, “Freight Train Boogie,” for including Kathy’s music in their shows.
When You’re Dead Album Featured on WXRT’s “Local Anesthetic”:
Richard Milne featured “The Light” and “When I Dream” from Kathy’s new album, When You’re Dead, on his WXRT-FM radio shows, “Local Anesthetic” (April 28) and “Local Anesthetic Capsule” (April 22 and 28). You can listen to the full April 28 “Local Anesthetic” show here (Kathy’s segment comes in just after 8:40).
Kathy’s Music and Writing Featured on Nature Blog:
Kathy was a guest writer for the weekly nature blog, City Creatures, hosted by Chicago’s Center for Humans & Nature. Her piece features the Spring-related song “The Light.” Check it out here.
Song was “New Music Shelf” feature for week of March 17, 2013, in Homer, Alaska:
KBBI-AM, the NPR affiliate in Homer, Alaska, broadcasted “Prayer to Saint Joan of Arc” from the When You’re Dead album as its New Music Shelf feature for the week of March 17!
Kathy thanks these stations and deejays for recently hosting her on-air to play live and talk about the When You’re Dead album:
UIC Radio (Chicago), with host John Rose, on Monday, March 18,
WLUW-FM (Chicago), with host Tom Jackson on Saturday, March 9,
and Celtica Radio (Wales), with host Bill Everatt, on Friday, March 8.
Kathy on cover of 2013 Indie Bible:
Kathy is excited to be one of the songwriters featured on the cover of the 2013 edition of the Indie Bible, a resource that has been used for fourteen years by songwriters worldwide to connect with music media, promoters, record labels, and more. Thank you to talented photographer David Sameshima for shooting Kathy’s photo! Thanks also to Songsalive!, the organization that awarded this opportunity. Kathy is a Pro member of Songsalive!, an international songwriting community based in Los Angeles. Learn more about the Indie Bible here.
Thank you . . .
. . . to the Chicago Music Commission, who invited Kathy to participate as a panelist at the Musicians At Work Forum, “Recording and Manufacturing an Independent Music Project.” The forum is posted here, and you can also listen to other past Musicians At Work Forums at that same link.