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by Kathy & Carol

Extraordinary harmony with exquisite arrangements of traditional folk, Carter Family songs and Carol's originals. Carol McComb and Kathleen Larisch recorded for Elektra Records in 1965. This is their reunion album after 45 years.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Wind Blows Through the Pines
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2. Why Can't You Love Me
3:50 $0.99
3. Babylon or the Banks O Fordie
3:27 $0.99
4. The Storms Are On the Ocean
3:25 $0.99
5. Claude Allen
5:07 $0.99
6. I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
2:50 $0.99
7. The Blacksmith
4:16 $0.99
8. A Maid in Bedlam
2:35 $0.99
9. Oh Take Me Back
2:35 $0.99
10. My Texas Girl
4:53 $0.99
11. My Dixie Darling
3:34 $0.99
12. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart
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Album Notes
“Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb have brought a new, luminous quality to the growing ranks of city folksingers. In Kathy and Carol (Elektra) their voices intertwine as if each were the mirror image of the other. Their music is innocent ---innocent of malice and greed---and it is unabashedly lovely." Nat Hentoff, Cosmopolitan, 1965.

Though last this quote was written four decades ago, it is as true now as it was then. Carol McComb and Kathleen Larisch’s 2010 release, “Keepsake” is garnishing equal praise. Linda Ronstadt writes, “Speaking as a very long time Kathy and Carol fan, THIS DOES NOT DISAPPOINT! Great work you two. Another thing, you sound mature but not over the hill. Just fully realized. Couldn't be better.”

What has always set Kathy & Carol apart from most other traditional folk performers is their unique sense of harmony. It is remarkable for its use of shifting intervals, haunting dissonances, counterpoint, and unisons. Their a cappella songs send shivers down the spine. Their original songs written by Carol have timeless appeal. Their renditions of Carter Family songs are unique, yet they have a ring of authenticity to them because Kathy & Carol have roots in traditional American and British Isles music that run very deep. Roots music is in their bones.

Kathy Larisch and Carol McComb began singing together in their high school years in Southern California. During the 1960’s these two gifted singers worked the Western folk circuit, sharing the stage with the New Lost City Ramblers, Bill Monroe, Taj Mahal, Phil Ochs, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Jackson Browne, the Kentucky Colonels, Mason Williams, Linda Ronstadt and many others. They played major folk festivals from Berkeley, CA to Newport, Rhode Island.

After a 30-year hiatus from making music together while each pursued other interests, Kathy & Carol are stronger than ever. Their much-cherished Elektra album remains a timeless treasure and tribute to traditional British Isles and American folk music. Its re-release in 2005 on CD generated much renewed interest in their music, and brought the two back together to perform again.

In the past few years, Kathy & Carol have been featured artists at the San Diego Roots Festival and at the California Autoharp Gathering, where they received Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2008. They have played the Mt. Laurel Festival in Pennsylvania, The Ark in Michigan, numerous venues in the house-concert circuit, and regularly appear at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, CA.

Their new CD “Keepsake” is aptly titled. Kathy & Carol’s unique blend of harmony singing, along with their masterful guitar and autoharp playing, are a treasure to hear.



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prospero Carmichael

Fabulous album
I have been a fan of Kathy & Carol since their first amazing Electra album. Keepsake is even better. their beautiful harmonies continue as a signature of their style, their lovely voices are richer and fuller. For anyone interested in traditional music the purity of the music is a continuous joy.

Larry Sturgeon

Never out of time
As Linda Ronstadt has written, Kathy and Carol's new album sounds "mature, but not over the hill,", to which I would add truely harmonious, easy to hear, and what's more, never out of time. As one who has been away from this genre of music for a long while, Kathy and Carol's new CD brings me back with a vengance. I will be listening to it for a long time to come. But in the final analysis, let their music speak for itself. It is truely a "Keepsake."

Elvira Waverly

All and MORE
I am a fan from the time that music came via big black discs rather than small silver ones. I feared that I would be disappointed by the new CD but it has shown a whole new side of the duo while preserving all that was wonderful about the original album. The beautiful voices persist, as do the exquisite harmonies, but a sense of playfulness ("I Want to Be a Cowboy Sweetheart" with yodeling!) coexists with a stunning rerecording of the tragic "The Blacksmith", traditional music with more contemporary songs ("Why Can't You Love Me"). And who could resist "My Dixie Darling"? I heartily recommend this new CD!!!

Elliot Weiss

Excellent Album!
I felt I should write a review as this album is on constant rotation in my car.
Twelve tracks make up this CD, with each adding it's own flare to the overall beauty of this album. The harmonies are evocative, and the melodies are enthralling. My personal favorites are "I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart", "Why Can't You Love Me", and "Claude Allen".
I highly recommend this album to any fan of traditional folk, country, or Kathy & Carol!

Prospero Carmichael

Great Album!!
I've been a fan of Kathy & Carol since hearing their first album from Electra. I loved that album but this one is even better. The harmonies are still brilliant and but their voices are more vibrant and rich than on the first album. In the realm of traditional music there is a purity that can't be matched. Get the whole album - it;' magical.

Carol Lau

A Treasure
This Album is a treasure. Kathy and Carol have selected a variety of music that take us through a musical journey with beautiful harmonies and and evocative lyrics. I enjoy listening to their to this CD over and over again.

Castle Price-Fontaine

Much-anticipated, does not disappoint
Kathy and Carol's debut CD has long been one of my favorite albums of all time, and their unique and uncannily beautiful sound left me and my friends wishing for more. When "Keepsake" was announced after such a long hiatus, it seemed like a dream come true, and the album completely delivers. The reprise of "The Blacksmith" is a wonderful tie-in to the first album, and though the exquisite beauty of the song is unchanged, there is a sense of reflection and experience in the voices that renders the song even more poignant than in the first recording. The choice of songs is just as top-notch as ever, mixing moody, haunting pieces like "Claude Allen" with the coy twang of "I Want to be a Cowboy's Sweetheart." Really--don't miss this album. I don't care if you normally aren't a fan of folk or country or traditional music. The excellence of Kathy and Carol can't be crammed into a genre. You'll like this album.