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Kathi McDonald

by Kathi McDonald

Blues In the vein of Janis Joplin and other great woman blues legends with modern musicians and recording techniques.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Grand Hotel Blues
4:30 $0.99
2. Heart Attack and Vine
5:54 $0.99
3. I'll Pull the Trigger
3:37 $0.99
4. Save Your Breath
3:41 $0.99
5. Pride of Man 'unplugged'
4:20 $0.99
6. Hold on Me
4:25 $0.99
7. Money
4:13 $0.99
8. Evil
4:04 $0.99
9. Buried Alive
5:19 $0.99
10. Pride of Man 'electric'
4:21 $0.99
11. Fantasy
3:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kathi MacDonald, a veteran performer, has sung on over 70 gold LPs. Her soulful, passionate vocals combined with her legendary phrasing, impeccable timing and intonation are some of the reasons her vocals are an integral part of so many big hits. Her first solo album, Insane Asylum, was recorded with Neil Schon, John Cippolina, Ronnie Montrose, Aynsley Dunbar, Pete Sears, The Pointer Sisters and the Tower of Power horn section and is now a treasured collectors item. Kathi spent over three years as an Ikette touring with Ike and Tina Turner. She has 21 years of touring and recording with Long John Baldry. You can find her powerful vocals on: Joe Cockers' Mad Dogs and Englishmen Family Album, Shelter People with Leon Russell, Tumbleweed Connection with Elton John, Delaney and Bonnie from Delaney, Rita Coolidges' first album, Dave Masons' Headkeeper and the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street. Kathi is a member of The Seattle Women In Rhythm and Blues. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest.

The idea for this cd project took place in a couple of different legendary San Francisco Bay Area music scenes, the San Francisco Blues Festival, and a restaurant, Horizons(once known as the Trident), located in Sausalito, California. The main forces behind the cd, Pete Slauson and Ann Pierson (partners for years in the nineties at 2B1 Music, Maritime Hall, San Francisco, CA) , and Kathi McDonald, are all friends and compadres who agreed that Miss McDonald needed some studio time back in the area she became legendary in.

Calls were made, connections were instantly at hand, and when Kathi made it down from Seattle to Marin County, California in the late spring of 2003, the recordings began. Pete Slauson, of 101 North Studios, was the driving force behind a new cd that recaptures the magic Kathi instilled in us in the sixties, when she recorded with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Long John Baldry, and Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
Drawing on his vast repertoire of local session musicians, Slauson tempted Vernon "ICE" Black (Lead Guitar) and Greg "GG" Gonaway (Drums) of Mariah Carey's touring band into his studio to back up Kathi, along with Rich Kirch, well known for 13 years as John Lee Hooker's main lead guitarist. Jimi Fischer, Bass player for Steve Winwood, Narada Michael Walden and the Music Producer for the "Temptations". Nick Gravenites, a true "Blues Brother" was brought in as song writer and session consultant, having produced Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Quicksilver Messenger Service and many other San Francisco Bands. The sessions became known in the local music scene, and several other local legends, some involved with Kathi in past projects ( David Frieberg of Quicksilver Messenger Service, for example) happily jumped aboard to lend their talents. Geoff Palmer, B3 Organ player, from The Sons of Champlin&. Joli Valenti, (Vocals) Dinos son, from Quicksilver Messenger Service. Annie Sampson (Vocals) from Stoneground. Gail Muldrow from Sly and The Family Stone&, Prince, and Graham Central Station. Peter Kaukonen from Jefferson Starship&, Hot Tuna and Black Kangaroo (Acoustic Guitar). Rick Meyers former Hoo Doo Rhythm Devil and writer of Santana's "Over and Over", also on B3 Organ. Mixed by the supremely talented Mix Down engineer Tom Flye, from the Record Plant, Grateful Dead, Tower of Power, Rick James and over 100 Gold or Better albums. Mixed at the premier West Coast recording facility in Sausalito, Ca, at The Plant in the "Garden Room" on the SSL 8000 Console
As an added bonus, this CD also contains three original compositions written by Kathi and Rick Morrison, that have never been released in the United States; Save your Breath, Grand Hotel, and Fantasy. Produced in Toronto, Canada by John King and Rick Morrison, these tracks are among Kathi's strongest all time recorded work
This cd showcases the still incredible voice, timing, soulful delivery, and talent that is Kathi McDonald, the musician's choice as singer, the musician's musician, and still the biggest little white girl to ever sing the blues coming out of the West Coast.

Partial List of albums with "Kathi McDonald"

1969 Ike & Tina Turner Come Together
1970 Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen
1971 Big Brother & The Holding Company Be A Brother
1971 Freddy King Getting Ready
1971 Leon Russell Shelter People
1971 Delaney & Bonnie To Bonnie From Delaney
1971 Rita Coolidge Rita Coolidge
1972 Big Brother & The Holding Company How Hard It Is
1972 Rolling Stones Exile On Main Street
1972 Nils Lofgren All Out
1974 Kathi McDonald Insane Asylum
1975 Leon Russell Best Of Leon Russell 1971-1974
1976 Long John Baldry Baldry’s Out
1978 Quicksilver Messenger Service Solid Silver
1980 Ike & Tina Turner Best of Ike & Tina Turner 1969-1974
1982 Long John Baldry Best Of Long John Baldry
1991 Long John Baldry It Still Ain’t Easy
1994 Kathi McDonald Save Your Breath
1996 Nick Vigarino Victims Of Cool
1997 Kathi McDonald & Nick Vigarino Ghost Of Time
1997 Big Brother & The Holding Company Can't Go Home Again
1998 Mark Riley Lead Suit
1999 Kate Hart Queen Of The Night
1999 Seattle Women Back Porch Gossip
1999 Seattle Women We Are Not Good Girls
1999 Kathi McDonald Above & Beyond



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David G. Sprouse

"Lady Sings the Blues"
I remember the beggining. Your talent has always amazed me and this album is no exception. Your vocal depth and range has matured beautifully and this C.D. is an asset to any Blues Lovers collection. Though your heart may have been stepped on a time or two, your soul's still deep and strong.

david andrews

I have seen Kathi McDonald live many times ... the first time with Big Brother & the Holding Company many years ago ... and she just keeps getting better. I have listened to this cd now about 100 times and I never get tired of it. Super!


Kathi McDonald's voice always amazes me. She is in fine form on this CD.It sounds to me like a local San Francisco family project.Good solid musicianship, nothing flashy.Everybody knows what to do and performs admirably.A Great vehicle to show off a wonderful voice.


Kathi McDonald's latest
You know how you fall in love with an artist's one album, so you blindly buy the next thing you see by them, assuming it will be as good, and then you're disappointed? THAT WON'T HAPPEN WITH THIS ONE! McDonald still sounds FABULOUS. The songs are great for her voice; Heart Attack and Vine is especially killer. Thanks Kathi.

Glenn Grant

Excellent music and fantastic vocals!
I am still in awe of Kathi McDonald's singing, and the CD that I got is just outstanding, and I love every song on it! She is undoubtably one of the best female vocalists I've heard, and more people should hear her, and I've been mentioning all about her and her CD's to many friends. I've also told them a little about her history, and all the different groups and artists she's played with, and appeared on their albums. The numbers are staggering, and her credentials are truly astounding! Anybody that likes great blues rock, or just straight ahead rock and roll, would like this CD, and if they really want to hear an unbelievable and incredible female vocalist, they have got to hear Kathi McDonald! I want to get her other CD called "Above & Beyond," but several websites are either out of it, or they're asking too much money for it.


Linda Torres

Awesome as usual...Kathi's voice has gotten better...!
This cd is awesome...totally what I expected from this awesome singer...perfection. Thanks Kathi for you and your awesome sound. I hope I get to see you again someday. (I saw you in the 70's)...rock on, sister!


I am a child of the sixties and I was madly in love with the goddess of blues Janis Joplin, then I heard Insane Asylum. I still have my original album and I have played it over and over because it's not available on cd. The cd Kathi Mc Donald is great but Insane Asylun is alltime, if you get a chance to hear it I am sure you will agree. I am glad that Kathi is still belting out the blues and going strong.


Loved the CD...Heart Attack & Vine is Awesome!
I have been a fan of Kathi McDonald's since the early 70's...This CD is absolutely STELLAR! I wish she'd get some airplay...Kathi should be a major star. Heart Attack & Vine is by far the best cut on this, and eclipses Tom Waits' own performance by 20 miles...If you haven't already, BUY IT!!

Terri Koggenhop

This cd shows the fabulous vocal range and Kathi's ability to change her styles on a dime. When I have seen Kathi perform live I always have the hair on my body stand up on end. This cd had the same effect on me. What pipes! I love this record. You go girfriend!

Paul the Monkey

Excellent. What a voice!
First, I heard a sample of her music. It was great! What a list of accomplishments! Second, went and saw her perform at Cobb Mountain. What a treat! She looks great and sounds great! Great band backing her, and in general, I don't understand why she isn't better known because she really should be. People are missing out on a wonderful artist. Also, had great service from CD Baby with a personal touch. Fastest service ever! Thanks to everyone.
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