Ilana Katz Katz | Movin' On

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Movin' On

by Ilana Katz Katz

Ilana's fiddle gives a refreshing take on the Blues with deep sliding notes alongside her sultry vocals and even a touch of jazz with some scat singing in sync with the fiddle. In the vein of Papa John Creach, "Gatemouth" Brown, and Howard Armstrong.
Genre: Blues: Blues Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Baby, Please Don't Go (feat. Cedric Watson)
3:39 $0.99
2. Sweet to Mama (feat. Barry Levenson)
4:22 $0.99
3. Reuben's Train (feat. Cedric Watson)
3:01 $0.99
4. You Crush My Soul (feat. Barry Levenson)
4:21 $0.99
5. Tanya (feat. Bobby Radcliff)
4:49 $0.99
6. Blues for Bobby Radcliff (feat. Chas Justus & Cedric Watson)
5:33 $0.99
7. Kansas City (feat. Bobby Radcliff)
4:25 $0.99
8. Demon Blues (feat. Bobby Radcliff)
5:29 $0.99
9. Lazy John / Sail Away Ladies (feat. Cedric Watson)
3:26 $0.99
10. Forevermore (feat. Cedric Watson)
4:11 $0.99
11. Cruel Willie Blues #2 (feat. Bobby Radcliff)
4:16 $0.99
12. Greasy Coat (feat. Cedric Watson)
3:45 $0.99
13. Jack of Diamonds
4:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Movin’ On” – from Regina Royale Records - is Ilana Katz Katz’s deeply wonderful follow-up to her well-received debut record (“I’ve got Something to Tell You” in 2014). Ilana’s stunning blues fiddling and break-out vocals are showcased - front and center – with the very tasteful backdrop of some of the best living Blues and Roots musicians.

The arrangements range from the spare, but beautiful, on traditionals such as “Baby, Please Don’t Go” with multi-grammy nominated Cedric Watson on gourd banjo, vocals, and washboard - to the full band Ilana fronts on classic covers and originals. The Bobby Radcliff trio offers a tight, full sound backing Ilana on “Kansas City” but also plays on her original “Demon Blues” – a kind of ‘mood Blues’ piece where both Bobby’s and Ilana’s solos are beautifully emotive. Bobby shows another musical side on Ilana’s original “Cruel Willie Blues #2” where a Country/Jazz groove has Ilana scat singing in sync with her fiddle.

There are many more gems on this record, including Ilana’s collaboration with the very soulful guitarist Barry Levenson (formerly in Canned Heat). Ilana’s sultry vocals on Big Bill Broonzy’s “Sweet to Mama” from 1935 fits into Levenson’s guitar brilliance of oh-so-tasteful tone and soul. Levenson also joins Ilana on her heart-wrenching original “You Crush My Soul” (Underneath Your Soul), featuring an addictive chorus that will have you hitting the replay button.

Beyond those full band numbers, there is a truly beautiful simplicity in Ilana’s collaborations with multi-instrumentalist Cedric Watson, mostly recorded live around a single mic at his Lafayette, LA studio. He is known for his Cajun music, but his rootsy gourd banjo is yet another facet of his immense talents.

Ilana’s original instrumental (dedicated as “Blues for Bobby Radcliff”) features Ilana and Cedric on fiddles and grammy nominated Chas Justus on acoustic guitar. Chas’s playing guides the inspired twin fiddles that intertwine, playing off one another, harmonizing and connecting in a spontaneous way that isn’t often heard in modern recordings.

Ilana’s original “Forevermore” - a Spiritual that came to Ilana in a dream, features Ilana's singing alongside Cedric’s mournful additional vocals, his blusey banjo, with the perfect touch of Daniel Sanda's hand drum.

“Movin’ On” ends – as her debut did – with Ilana playing solo. This time she plays “Jack of Diamonds” a traditional that shares many lyrics with the “Diving Duck Blues.” Ilana’s simultaneous playing and singing – except for her acapella chorus - – will leave you wanting more. If you don’t have her debut, “I’ve Got Something to Tell You” featuring guitarist Ronnie Earl and Blues and Soul singer, Diane Blue, you can download the record on from Ilana's page or buy the hard copy from her website.

Ilana’s fiddling stems from the old-time Appalachian tradition and dives deep into the Blues. In addition to her Blues and Appalachian music mainstays, she is a versatile, improvisational musician, as comfortable performing solo in large theaters as she is being featured in 14 piece rock bands or on Boston’s Subway platforms (where you can find her most Fridays). Her 2014 debut CD, “I’ve Got Something To Tell You,” was very well-received, earning a finalist spot for “Coolest Blues Song in the World 2015” by Big City Blues Magazine for her original song “Marlyn’s Blues.” Ronnie Earl, who joined her on that record, also covered another of Ilana’s originals from that record - “Runnin’ in Peace” on his own “Good News” record.

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