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Pirate Radio

by Kate Becker

While the album has a Caribbean-Latin feel, Kate’s sultry, soulful voice is deeply rooted in Jazz and Blues. With co-producer Petie Ronstadt (Ronstadt Generations) and some of Tucson's hottest Jazz, Latin and Mariachi musicians, this is her best work yet.
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1. Radioman
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2. Cayo Hueso
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3. Higher Self
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4. Pirate Radio
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5. Last Dance
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6. Color This Day Beautiful
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7. Empress
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8. Madness
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9. Fearless Crow
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10. Lo Siento
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11. Spiritual Promise
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Album Notes
What's Pirate Radio about?
Pirate Radio is Kate's third full-length studio album and represents her best work to date. A concept album about the historic usage of old ships for broadcasting and the importance of independent radio, Pirate Radio is also an intimate portrait of her journey through inner-shadows in order to follow the beat of her heart song.

The inspiration for Pirate Radio came in 2012 while visiting the Florida Keys and meeting a third-generation Radioman who had just founded a little independent station in Key West. Fascinated by this theme, Kate did some research, wrote a bunch of tunes and woodshed the songs over a three-year period with the help of long term collaborator, bassist Mike Hieber and drummer Pete Swan. In October 2015, she joined forces with musician/sound engineer Petie Ronstadt (of Ronstadt Generations and nephew of Linda Ronstadt) to co-produce the record at Landmark Sound Recorders in Tucson, AZ.

While honoring her roots in Jazz, Funk and Soul, Pirate Radio has a distinct Caribbean-Latin vibe that embraces her love affair with the Sonoran Desert. The wonderful flamenco guitarist and singer Salvador Duran (Sergio Mendoza Y la Orchestra) is prominently featured on the album and joined her for a duet in Spanish on one of the tracks.

Kate Becker is a vocalist and writer of melodies and lyrics. She was born in San Francisco to a Swiss mother and New Yorker father and raised in both Bern, Switzerland and New York City.
Kate Becker began singing and writing music in the 1990s while living in New York City, where she studied with renowned jazz vocalist, Nanette Natal and began performing in the East Village. Drawn to the energy of the desert and the Tucson music scene, she decided to make it her home in 2002. Here she recorded her debut album, The Kate Becker Project, at Jim Brady’s Studio, blending sultry jazz and speak-easy style cabaret. In 2010, she borrowed elements of 70s Funk and fusion for the release of Soft Revolution, produced by Stuart Oliver (Old Bisbee Records). Continuing her passion for merging various genres into her own unique artistic voice, Pirate Radio represents her most multidimensional work to date.



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