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If Wishes Were Horses

by Kathy Hussey

unique and captivating songs in musical styles ranging from smoky jazz to acoustic folk/pop and everything in between
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We Have Everything
3:30 $0.99
2. Skin Deep
3:13 $0.99
3. If Wishes Were Horses
3:40 $0.99
4. Day After Day
3:29 $0.99
5. Light Up The Night
3:32 $0.99
6. Jekyll and Hyde
3:39 $0.99
7. Are We There Yet?
0:23 $0.99
8. Turn On The Radio, Daddy
3:55 $0.99
9. Table For Two
3:44 $0.99
10. Lay Them Down
4:40 $0.99
11. Along The Way
3:41 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"...the vision behind the raw song explodes", says Jack Scott in the New Music Review of Kathy Hussey's album If Wishes Were Horses.

What he is referring to is this collection of stories that are woven with intricate and inventive guitar work, and stitched into a lovely tapestry metaphor by Kathy's sweet, hypnotic vocal style.

And in the interest of continuing to bring in unexpected and unrelated metaphorical imagery:

If you tend to be whisked away by a great song, then pack a bag. This album is a collection of much-needed mini-vacations!


Kathy Hussey is a progressive folk singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Her music ranges from pop-tinged folk to bluegrassy hip-hop, with traces of celtic influence – her songs paint vivid portraits, rich with character and narrative, and completely free of cliche. "If Wishes Were Horses" is her first CD and contains some well-loved classics like Table for Two, and the lick-laden title track that still leaves people asking, "Is that really only one guitar?".

Hussey is the Director of Camp Summersong (Nashville’s songwriting camp for kids), the Coordinator of the Riverbluff Festival’s Performing Songwriter competition, and travels the country performing and teaching songwriting workshops for both kids and adults. In Nashville, she is well-known for her 14-year stint as host of the city’s most innovative weekly songwriter gathering which features a “title of the month” exercise, group co-writes, and outdoor campfire circles all summer long.

Songwriting accolades include a 2003 win at the Kerrville New Folk competition, top five spot at the Mountain Stage Newsongs contest, second place honors at the 2005 Suwanee Springfest and Grand Prize in Tupelo's Gum Tree Festival competition.

Kathy has just released her third independent CD, Moments of Wonder, which is receiving folk radio airplay worldwide, and features performances by such acoustic music luminaries as Tim O’Brien, Bryan Sutton, Andrea Zonn and Mike Henderson. Check out the link to that CD, and her second one, "Stranger Than Fiction" over to your left.

“Folk Medicine”

– maybe that’s the best way to describe Kathy Hussey’s music. Let’s just say there’s no better elixir to counteract the occasional ills of the songwriting scene -- the preoccupied navel-gazing, the world-saving, and the love-lost-lamenting -- than a healthy dose of Kathy’s insightful and inspiring songs.

Where some cling to tired cliches, she invigorates the listener, spinning stories that are fresh and involving, and delivering them onstage with charm and abundant personality. Her songs channel others, giving voice to the abandoned dog, the child within a 90-year-old woman, the French ice cream vendor, the earth itself. She knows the important light isn’t the spotlight on the singer, but the one shed on the truth.

Kathy comes from everywhere, tapping into her four-corners-of-the-country upbringing and her self-described “wonder-lust” to turn out a wide range of compelling characters. And why not? Her own story is compelling. One of identical twins, adopted at birth. A hopscotch childhood, always the “new kid.” The high school for rodeo hopefuls. The college commune. The bartending. Every stop full of new things and people to try to figure out.

Kathy’s songs come to life, because she's immersed in it. She’s a trail guide, a horsewoman, a tie-dye teacher and a leader of songwriting workshops for kids. She connects with the things that connect us all, and the proof is in the accolades. Critical raves for her three self-released albums. Festival performance honors at Kerrville, Telluride and Suwannee. Songwriting awards from Mountain Stage Newsongs, American Songwriter Magazine, Just Plain Folks, and the Grand Prize from the 2006 Great American Song Contest for “The Same Mary.”

“Folk medicine.” Hmm, could be. Consider the evidence. Endorsed by the wisdom of the elders. Natural, with a finger on the human pulse. Stimulates the brain and examines the heart. Dispensed with care and humor, often enough on a house (concert) call.

Sure looks like the prescription from here. Whatever you want to call it, the doctor says that Kathy Hussey’s music is mighty good for what ails you.


Awards, Accolades, and Pats-On-The-Back

GRAND PRIZE - 8th Annual Great American Song Contest ("The Same Mary")
2006 Just Plain Folks Awards:
• Best Lyric - WINNER ("The Same Mary")
• Americana Song of the Year - 6th place ("The Same Mary")
• Americana Album of the Year - nominee (Moments of Wonder)
2006 Finalist
Telluride Troubadour Competition
2006 4th place
American Songwriter Magazine Lyric Contest
2006 Semi-Finalist
Independent Music World Series, Southeast
2005 Grand Prize
Gum Tree Songwriters Festival
2005 2nd place
Suwannee Springfest Song Contest
2005 Honorable Mention
Rocky Mountain Folks Fest
2004 Finalist
Gum Tree Songwriters Festival
2003 Winner
Kerrville New Folk Competition
2003 5th place
Mountain Stage Newsongs Contest
2002 Finalist
Kerrville New Folk Competition



to write a review

Mark Atherton

I now have three new favorite songs : Wishes, Radio, and Table for 2
I have not been so moved by music in years. Turn the radio on takes me back to my own childhood, If Wishes Were Horses gave me a fresh outlook on some very basic cords, and table for 2 is a song I could have written. Kathy's clear voice and inventive guitar inspired me to start writing again.

Al Smith

Envokes memories previously forgotten... makes you happy and relaxed
Kathy's intricate guitar and velvet voice takes the listener into a different world. Her stories are meaningful and loving in nature. Many will remind you of your own forgotten past, and bring moments of happiness from pleasures you have perhaps forgotten.

Sharon Gibson

If Wishes Were Horses
Smooth, relaxing...makes life slow down a bit.
Gave this cd as Christmas Gifts to special friends, they love it. Seems as if she is telling a story, stories of times gone by, times we all need to hold on to.

Dirty Linene Magazine

"...Hussey displays a nice touch with both lyrics and guitar...a songwriter to watch"

annie thorp

your songs are great youv'e made Perry-Mansfield so much fun!!!!!!!!! Ann
HI kathy I was just listening to your CD yesterday it's my favorite now.After that I listened to our perry mansfeild music, nobody's me, the day john didn't sing, and the deep dark shark. I can't wait to get daddy's little girl.

Annie Thorp
#1 fan

Ian Schneider

Kathy's time has arrived
Kathy's CD is fantastic.

The last time I heard a CD that moved me as much was in 1995 when I heard the Dave Matthews Band in 1995 with their Under The Table And Dreaming release. I bought 10 CDs and gave them out to people who'd never heard of Dave--and we all know who Dave is now.

So said, I bought 10 copies of Hathy's CD. I've yet to paly "Turn On The Radio Daddy" to anyone who has not had some reaction where I saw tears either choked back or flowing.

I am a musician and I am a very critical listener--I think I can add no more to the review that you see already posted for this CD--all the "down to earth" stuff is too true. Kathy's music is "down to earth", but somehow, and excuse the horrible mixed metaphor, above the clouds at the same time.

My biases are: Pat Metheny Group, Dave Mathews Band, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Genesis, Natalie Merchant and Sting.

Kathy belongs on the list above--as a songwriter, strong vocalist, outstanding guitarist. I can't wait until she tours this area. If I had to say, Who does she sound like? I'd say, part Joni Mitchell, part John Denver, part Sara McLachlan, part Natalie Merchant--and saying all of that, Kathy is like these artists in the sense that she is so original I almost cringe in comparing her to anyone--she is an original.

Did "Turn On The Radio daddy make this stiff upper lipped 40 year old cry? Yup--couldn't help myself. And tears of happiness--because as other reviewers suggest, Kathy's music is so experience oriented and just so REAL that, well, for me, that song in particular transported me back in time about 25 years. *very few* artists can di that for me--perhaps only those on the distinguished list of my biases above--a list where Jathy also has a spot.

Thanks, Kathy, for putting your all into this CD and bringing back memories of which I didn't even have the faintest recollection.

Ian Schneider, Esq.
New York, New York

Amanda Hunt-taylor

I sat down and listened to every song twice -
my new favorite independent/artist CD...


Kathy is a substantial singing/songwriting talent...every song on the CD is a melodic touching gem.