"... the band goes from the funky shuffle of the opening tune Shed A Tear to the near-perfect AAA pop such as Hey or the closing track Desire with obvious chemistry."Stuart Derdeyn Vancouver Sun Feb. 28. 2017.
Your show was a delight...reminded me of the genuineness and open sweetness of Jane Siberry concerts in the 80s. Keep on singing you and your band are the real thing.Leslie H. New fan after Notional Space Fundraiser Concert.
"So much music is formulaic and predictable but the Crazy Beautiful Album is refreshingly different. Blue Dirt Girl is not afraid to take risks, and with those risks most often come unexpected and wonderful things!"Pete Laflamme- Saskatchewan based Luthier and Musician.
"Just spent the past hour listening to your songs on YouTube ... all of them accomplished in their composition and performance -- and relevant to what the world feels like today."Michael Turner-Author of Hard Core Logo.
"Your sound is so bold and your lyrics deeply relatable. Thank you so much for your music!T. A.-Blue Dirt Girl fan.
"blue dirt girl's range of music is like a mixed cassette tape you made for a friend."Paul T. - Vancouver Island House Concert Host.
"Sophisticated pop with hints of jazzy swing."
"Your vocals sound like Kim Gordon's, early Sonic Youth recordings, on your live Youtube video performance of Crazy Beautiful."Savage- Blue Dirt Girl fan.
"BDG trio are all seasoned musicians clearly at home in any number of genres..Sutherland has a fluid delivery with a particular talent for shifting gear and range from verse to verse effortlessly."Stuart Derdeyn- Vancouver Sun Review of Crazy Beautiful album 2016.
"This album sounds like vinyl. It may be a CD but the quality of sound is all vinyl."Michael Leung- Jazz Vinyl Collector.
“Good show at the brewery by the way. You and your band are quite true to your recordings.”David Jewer- Recording Engineer, Producer, Mastering Guy at his Airborne Studio.
"Thanks again for such beautiful & inclusive Blue Dirt Girl duo performances aboard Via Rail train Toronto to Vancouver."Bill and Mary Lou- Via Rail passengers. April 2019.
"I closed my eyes & listened to you play DREAMS and The Flamenco Waltz, in the Winnipeg Via Station, & felt like I was on a gondola in Venice again."Via Rail passenger Blue Dirt Girl duo Artist on Board 2019.
"Kathryn's live performance videos, on Blue Dirt Girl's YouTube Channel, present her material in everything from full band studio sets to back porch strum-alongs and it’s clear she’s right at home anywhere."Stuart Derdeyn Review, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 28. 2017.
"Your music to me is very unique with lots of changing beats and tempos, driving, unusual sounds like mimicry, syncopation... and a bit fringy."Debra Matwychuk Photographer Vancouver, B.C.
Kathryn latest musical project is blue dirt girl.
blue dirt girl is Kathryn writing, recording and performing either with trio including Albert Klassen on stand up/electric bass/back up vocals and Jason Overy on drum/percussion, as a soloist, as a duo with Albert and/or inviting guest musicians to join in for various shows.
Kathryn, formed her trio in 2015, then recorded blue dirt girl’s debut album,Crazy Beautiful, at Simon Kendall’s Hammond Ave Studio in the spring of 2016. Go to her bluedirtgirl.com blog to get details on the recording process, vintage keys, percussion, pedals and Evan Arntzen horn recording sessions.
Kathryn’s blue dirt girl released and toured Crazy Beautiful in August 2016.
Kathryn produces Chautauqua’s which bring together fiercely talented but often quiet artists to share their music and art in public spaces. An element of giving back to community,either with fundraising or awareness raising, is part of each blue dirt girl event.
Kathryn produced a multi disciplinary show, Little Conversations: an evening of music and words, April 2016 at The Cultch in East Vancouver. The audience had an opportunity to listen in on the conversations between three fiercely talented artists. The collaborative event featured the music of blue dirt girl, with Sophie Yendole the poet behind Thinking Ship weaving her words between songs, while Sob Story Podcasts collected conversations with the audience in the Founder’s Lounge.
Kathryn produces Magic Kitchen Sessions which are simple Android phone recordings or sound recordings with her 12 mixer from a kitchen or back stoop in East Vancouver. Each Magic Kitchen Session is posted as a video, either with her blue dirt girl trio, duo and/or special guests performing live, on blue dirt girl’s Youtube Channel, blog, Facebook and Instagram feeds.
Kathryn has produced a line of locally sourced and produced blue dirt girl merchandise and is very proud to share blue dirt girl’s Crazy Beautiful CD, Singles and merchandise
on the blue dirt girl online store.
Kathryn is a singer, songwriter and guitarist in another East
Vancouver indie band Hello(again).
“because i said i would”
Photo taken and used with permission from Kiki Yee
Albert Klassen is a Vancouver bass player, mandolin player and mandolin builder. He’s been playing electric bass with Kathryn in Push3 since 2003, but for blue dirt girl he dusted off the stand-up bass, which hadn’t seen action since he played with Natural Elements, Nyetz, and Balzac in the 1980s. He plays mandolin with Nohearums and Illiteratty, and he will be the first to tell you that carrying a mandolin is easier than carrying a stand-up bass. You won’t find him on Facebook, unless it’s a picture of him on someone else’s page.
To sum up Jason Overy as a formally trained percussionist is to give him short shrift. He grew up in Victoria playing with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra. He’s played with jazz, blues, rock, punk, and ska bands. He’s been the musical director for Uzume Taiko for over ten years. He’s a percussion section leader for the band of the Fifteenth Field Regiment RCA. He’s collaborated with contemporary dance and theatre groups. He’s even collaborated with DOA frontman, Joey Shithead. And on top of all of that, he found time to get a third-degree black belt in Shotokan Karate-do and a first-degree black belt in Kokodo Jujutsu. So don’t be giving him short shrift!