Kathleen Dunbar | The Storm in Our Head

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The Storm in Our Head

by Kathleen Dunbar

Rootsy, humorous, spellbinding storytelling about tragedy and redemption in the Americana tradition--a musical journey into the darkness of the heart, love, betrayal, steamy romance, and the transformation of the spirit after passing through the flames.
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1. Everybody Knows
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2. Paper Wrappers
3:08 $0.99
3. Sweet Carline
4:04 $0.99
4. Better the Devil You Know
4:32 $0.99
5. Accordion Song
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6. Quilt Song
4:02 $0.99
7. Burnt Sugar Hill
3:26 $0.99
8. The Storm in Our Head
4:12 $0.99
9. Blindman's Waltz
3:40 $0.99
10. I Make Prayers to This Place
4:40 $0.99
11. Blue Tattoo
4:02 $0.99
12. Cello Song
2:21 $0.99
13. Charlie Bill
3:32 $0.99
14. Take You
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15. Red Bird
3:57 $0.99
16. Snake Charmer
7:59 $0.99
17. We All Love You
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Album Notes
“With her recent CD The Storm in Our Head Kathleen Dunbar and her literally amazing band of talented Devils, achieves a rare and utterly unique blend of musical and lyrical symmetry. Highly recommended!”—Russell David “The Storm in Our Head has just renewed my appreciation for story-telling songs. The genres mix beautifully to form a potent eye of the ‘storm’ to which you'll gladly be swept.”—Music Emissions “Kathleen has a gorgeous voice! People compare her to Joni Mitchell.”—Elliot Schneider/GrokRock/ChestnutRadio Kathleen Dunbar's track Snakecharmer from her second album of original americana-rootsy-bluesy songs The Storm In Our Head is currently nominated for the 2017 Just Plain Folks Best Spoken Word Song. Brian Whitney, CEO and Founder of Just Plain Folks, writes of the nomination, "It's a big deal: 17K albums and 240K songs were entered for the current awards, which cover the expanse of time since the last awards in 2009." Finally Home, Dunbar’s first album was a Recommended Album of 2008 by American Music Online Radio. Girlistic Magazine named it as Must Have Music, Spring 2008. Skott Freedman of Indie-Music.com writes, “There’s a purity in singer-songwriter Kathleen Dunbar’s voice rarely found these day….Dunbar’s debut album is to be applauded for its originality, cohesiveness, and polished musicianship.”

About My Music
Hello. This is Kathleen, and I’d like to tell you a little bit about my artistic interpretation of life as I express it in my music.

You may notice that many of my songs are about angels and devils, birth, life, death, about creation and crumbling destruction.

These are stories about us as we face the circumstances we humans get ourselves into and the choices that we ultimately make—some of them funky, some of them ending in the dark, others rising into the light of morning.

Touching, humorous, spellbinding storytelling—my songwriting brings you into the irony, the tragedy, and the possibilities of life. It’s about people and the life that happens to us.

My experiences have lead me to believe that universal truths apply to everyone because emotionally we share the same need to be loved.

I feel we are simultaneously angels and devils, alive and dying, creating and destroying. We want to be loved, understood and accepted—and sometimes we go into crazy gyrations and odd pathways in that very human search. The stories in these songs speak to our hidden desires, our shadow side, our untarnishible gold, our poison and our medicine.

When we deny our beauty, our joy, our creativity, our rage and sorrow—we become: Consumed. Addicted. Enthralled. Entranced. And then…by the hand of grace and the sweet mystery of our souls we may also Resurrect ourselves, Transform, Love and Blossom again. As far as the angels and the devils, there are different times in our lives when we are both. The wisdom is not to be one or the other. They are just energies we learn (or not!) to use. The wisdom is knowing when to be one or the other.

Sometimes you have to stand fast and use the muscles in your arms that are made to hold the boundary. Sometimes you have to take yourself away from the situation as your absence will make the poison stop. And sometimes you have to remember that you are fundamentally and unequivocally loveable, that people do love you, and that you need to love them back. And take them and be taken into their arms.

Quite a potent story cocktail, this being human.

When we are confronted with authentic prosperity, the thing that we’d like to do but don’t, what we wish for but won’t let ourselves receive, we allow ourselves to be eaten up by the dark of our own shadow, bumbling and unconscious and afraid, lost in the Underworld.

I try to hold on
I turn around and I find it’s all gone
There’s angels and devils won’t leave me alone
Makin bets on which road I follow back home

And the medicine—to love ourselves, including our shadow, as well as our light.

Kathleen’s Bio
Specifics: Mix together a war and two difficult families, an expressive streak unexpressed on both sides. Along comes a child with a painfully felt heartfulness, a voice to use and no one to listen, tall Viking blood in a cocktail with wild Scots independence, a gift for storytelling, poetry, and music all poured into an always-tall girl living alone in a beautiful Ohio woods: Me.

I have made poems since I could talk—I am a published poet. I told the babysitter the bedtime stories (father bear smoked Pall Malls). As a child, up in the attic, I lipsynched old blues songs into the innards of an old coffee urn (a microphone you see) to scratchy 38s on an ancient record player.

Fast forward through a lot of adventures: I went on a wilderness quest in the high desert with the intention of “finding my voice”—thinking this was about the voice for a novel I am writing. Instead, literally, I began to sing out there amongst the sagebrush—I wrote two songs which eventually found their way onto my first CD.

I came into this world with a voice, and it’s been my path to express it on all levels. Out of a beginning on the dark side of the fairy tale I found my way by following my intuition and my heart. After the desert quest, I found my first singing teacher. I sang at open mics acapella. Soon I found my awesome, magical producer and guitarist, Gawain Mathews, and began recording and performing with a band in earnest, as they say.

My songs are about the range of feelings, choices and actions that we humans have swirling inside us, the ways we live our lives, and what happens in our hearts. What do we do with our pain? What do we do with our love? A heart can break down or break open—the difference may come down to small acts: the bravery to keep open, to offer a hand, to accept what’s offered; the sorrow of a missed opportunity; an action taken in anger; the transformation that happens when we open. And a good dose of humor to remind us to laugh right back into our hopefully opening hearts.



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