KAT & CO. INTERVIEW
Answers from singer Kathleen Pearson and guitar player Francesco Accurso
What's the first song you ever remember hearing?
F: It's a difficult answer because there was a lot of Italian music at home and none of it I really remember. Perhaps "Il Pescatore" by Italian singer songwriter Fabrizio De Andre'. For sure the first single I ever bought, and which I still have in my collection, is "Eye in The sky" by Alan Parson Project.
K: 634-5789 by Wilson Pickett
If you have to describe your music in there of four words,what would you call it?
K: a very stylish and cool form of contemporary Blues
F: some people call it night club blues
How did you become involved in the type of music you play?
K: Blues, Gospel and Soul were always around when I grew up and whereas most of my friends moved into pop and especially Rap, I felt at home with the Blues
F: I guess for a guitar player the Blues is the first step into improvised music. I always loved players such as Clapton, B.B. King, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Steve Ray and I started playing the blues quite young. I was also fascinated with the work of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), a tremendous blues player whose lyrical approach transcend the style. This great passion for music and the chance of performing in front of an audience certainly put me on a stage
What can people expect to see at your live performances?
K: A show that connects and entertains the audience with both a modern and traditional approach to the Blues
F: Kat&Co. is all about finding the Blues in our day to day life so expect tradition but also innovation in the sounds and arrangements. Add to that Kat's incredible presence, great interplay between the musicians and a lot of Blues, Jazz, Soul and even a touch of pop.
Do you have any fan comments of how your music or a song affected them?
K: "You gave me chills and tears!" ...Isn't it all about that?
F: Kat&Co. is all about innovation and trying new approaches to the genre. "I never heard a blues band sound quite like that, I am not a big Blues fan but I love what you do" is a quote I remember because it meant I was on the right track. Another one I liked was from an old guitar player who approached me after a gig and told me "I could feel every note you played".
If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive, or broke up who would it be? Why?
K: Big Mama Thorton because she was humorous and had a command and delivery which seem to be a part of her personal make up
F: Clarence Gatemouth Brown for his capacity to eclectically embrace music and perform it with all he had
What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
K: Perth, Australia
F: Los Angeles, USA
Just for fun…………. Please fill in the blanks,
K: I don't know what I would be
F: still an artist I guess