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“Sunset Daddy is a somewhat 60's-style blues number having a remarkably relaxed pace, yet with an insistent rimshot on the quarter note to propel us through the syncopated bass plucks. Like Stevie Wonder has taken Jim Morrison’s place in The Doors. Then we take an unexpected turn into a more psychedelic 60s, akin to Jefferson Airplane, Marianne Faithfull and maybe even The Velvet Underground. Tremolo guitar chords, reverb on the saintly vocal, and a tiptoeing bassline awash with ride cymbal. That is the song. These two sections, taking turns. Nothing more. It needs no more.”Charles Connolly- Connolly's Corner Reviews|musician|artistReview of SUNSET DADDY off "Nothing is as it was" EP released 03.18.21
“This is not music that references influences. It breathes a sophisticated rare air. The songs channel reggae/dub, modern soul, a dash of 70’s guitar magic.”Dennis Mills - musician/bloggerfollow Dennis's blogs @ densemilt.com
Smells Like Rainbow Sounds Like Velvet
Synthesia is where, information meant to stimulate one of your senses, (for example hearing music) involuntarily stimulates another sense (like visuals or smell)
What would a synesthete see with blue dirt girl?
Would they smell rainbows?
Would they hear dreams?
blue dirt girl is Kathryn Sutherland, Albert Klassen and Jason Overy.
There is a magic with a three piece band, where every part depends on the others. It is a delicate relationship to maintain, and like a souffle, can collapse easily, but also like a souffle, it is a mouthful of perfection.
A song may start in one groove, and then it suddenly shifts down a gear. Don’t worry- blue dirt girl are excellent drivers and this car is a handmade beauty. The changes are not abrupt, but seamless. No buttons lost, no zippers snagged.
Kathryn Sutherland’s lyrics are open to interpretation, not linear, they are not easy rhymes. They conjure a mood, inventing new colours, with a masterful brush stroke.
Albert Klassen is a most amazing bassist, perfectly partnered with his rhythmic counterpart Jason Overy. I find myself mesmerized by the grooves, not knowing exactly where it is going, but trusting, putting my faith in their capable hands.
The songs channel reggae/dub, modern soul, a dash of 70’s guitar magic. Something about the feel reminds me of Traffic, Joan Armatrading, and an unnamed, distant memory of the 80’s that as hard as I try, I still can’t remember.
This is not music that references influences. It breathes a sophisticated rare air.
Blood: Skeletal guitar, a dub reggae beat, “Everything changed”, and the bass begins a pattern that pulls us forward, “in a moment of anxious clarity”, lying here on the edge of the knife, Kathryn the cool, poet soul, commands us shred your tongue, and everything slows, reverses, is there anything between us, the skeletal guitar and propulsive bass intoxicate.
the conversation going on here, as we put our masks back on, and climb back aboard the knife. Steady Jake, it’s only blood that connects us here. Family has their own languages. Their own rules.
But the river flows into the title track….I Don’t Mind.
There is a great little change, where even words become inadequate. Dat, dat, dah. Oh my God, my mind pushes itself to remember, but what?
And the beat goes on… Sunset Daddy.
A new time signature, another conversation, the steady beat reasserts itself. We hear a familiar recollection of a towel that threatened to fall as her father goes up the stairs. You better stop….The intimacy of the recollection furthers the connectiion.
But wait, is there only one more song?
We want more. The music creates the feeling of a child swinging, up, down, always returning to “warm safe hands.”
Cherry blossoms rain from the sky….life goes up and life goes down
or it just spins around, but we always return to warm safe hands.
You listen many times and discover new connections. This music satisfies needs you were not aware of before. It is relaxed meditations on love, relationships, age.
This new blue dirt girl is mysterious.
You don’t know where she is going.
We are told to beware of strangers, so we will just have to get to know blue dirt girl better.
The road beckons.
It smells like rainbow.
It sounds like velvet.
“The latest four song EP from this Vancouver singer is a much funkier affair than 2016’s Crazy Beautiful. Elements of classic seventies New York proto punk find their way into the angular grooves of Sunset Daddy and the sinewy bass lines in BLOOD.”Stuart Derdeyn's - Vancouver SunJune 2021 - review of EP "Nothing is as it was"
According to the band bio some — at times — explosive quality in the songs comes courtesy of 17 year-old guitarist Max Evans. Mentored by the Blue Dirt Girl trio, the young player lays down some really sharp licks on all the songs, with I Don’t Mind a particular standout.
“"I love Sunset Daddy. One groove with the drums- the bass line is pretty dope too. There is a funk feel to it. Love the sound of the rim shots. There is a real groove to Sunset Daddy. I hope we can do something together musically soon."”Michael Jacobs. Singer|Songwriter|Drummer based in France. 17 k followers IG.
“STIR VANCOUVER'S, Gail Johnson, chose Blue Dirt Girl’s single DREAMS for May 2021's STIR PLAYLIST PICK.STIR - Vancouver digital magazineputs Vancouver, and surrounding area, Arts and Culture at centre stage.
Dreams is the final track, of four, on “Nothing is as it was” EP.”
“..steady rock grooves, dirty guitar solos, and a general nod to Sutherland’s formative 80's music.”Cameron Thomson - VancouverMay 2021 - review of EP "Nothing is as it was"
In 2016 Blue Dirt Girl dropped their first album Crazy Beautiful containing songs driven by smooth grooves, jazzy instrumentation, a hint of soul and lead mostly by Sutherland’s vocals.
The band’s most recent EP Nothing is as it was dropped March 19th and features an almost entirely new sound.
The saxophones, hand drums and calypso rhythms of Crazy Beautiful were replaced by steady rock grooves, dirtier guitar solos, and a general nod to Sutherland’s most formative musical decades: the 70s and 80s. “I knew I wanted something different and I am in love with my wah pedal and whammy bar right now.” Kathryn said in a recent interview with Vancouver is Awesome.
The album derives its title from a line in the EP’s second track “I Don’t Mind”. Kathryn said she wrote the lyric “nothing is as it was” for the tune after coming out of a depressive period in 2019.
In August of 2020, the EP’s four songs were recorded with an extra member, Grade 11 student Max Evans who Sutherland described as a “60-year-old pro lead guitarist locked in a 17-year-olds body.”
“I knew magic was happening,” Sutherland said of the studio recording experience. “It was three days, 32 degrees, no air conditioning and it was just magic.”
Other artists who brought the EP to life included Kiki Yee, an East Vancouver artist who created original sketches for the album’s cover and singles. Josh Klassen from Vancouver Island was also commissioned to create four reaction painting videos for each of the EP’s tracks. Four more young Canadian artists were also involved in creating music videos for each song.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Sutherland says the EP’s release was a tad bittersweet.”I was overjoyed and then I came down a bit because I couldn’t do a release which I really wanted to do with the guys and Max,” she said adding she performed the songs, solo, at an EP release virtual show instead.
If you dig the Blue Dirt Girl’s latest tunes you’re in luck.The group is back to rehearsing online and is continuing along the path of this new sound.To listen to more of the band’s work you can check out the website or on Spotify.”
“I listened to your EP, a nice variety of sounds, vibes and ambiances...I was listening to Shed a Tear, it reminded me of the good years of the Young Marble Giants and Week-End-1978 to 1983 through the lens of Alison Stattons voice and songs.”Marc Fournier- CBC host/World music DJEP review & Crazy Beautiful (2016) lead track review
“The art, the music, the website...just WOW!”Kathryn Cliche - Calgary ABblue dirt girl fan
“These are awesome, all four of them...I especially like 'I Don't Mind'.Albert Klassen - Blue Dirt Girl bassist/songwriterreaction to final EP Studio mix
It rocks, and I love the transition from the intro to the song.
It feels like it falls apart and then re-emerges as something new and you're not quite sure why, but then the lyrics explain it: 'Nothing is as it was'.”
“I am listening to your new EP. Love your voice and different sounds in each song.L.J. - Vancouver based writer/bloggerEP review & Crazy Beautiful (2016) lead track review
I also had to click on your single, Crazy Beautiful (title track 2016 album), I think this could be the song we all should have available to us to hear when we need it.”
“This EP is genius, pure genius!”Josh Klassen - musician/artist/video creatorCommissioned to create 4 Reaction Painting time lapse videos for EP
“Singer/songwriter Kathryn Sutherland, bassist/vocalist/mandolinist Albert Klassen and drummer/percussionist Jason Overy are all seasoned musicians clearly at home in any number of genres...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. Sutherland has a fluid delivery with a particular talent for shifting gear and range from verse to verse effortlessly...”Stuart Derdeyn - Vancouver Sun Music ReviewerReview of Crazy Beautiful album 2016
Singer/songwriter Kathryn Sutherland, bassist/vocalist/mandolinist Albert Klassen and drummer/percussionist Jason Overy are all seasoned musicians clearly at home in any number of genres. On the 14 tracks produced and recorded by ace keyboardist Simon Kendall and mastered by David Jewer, 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. Sutherland has a fluid delivery with a particular talent for shifting gear and range from verse to verse effortlessly. The copious life performance videos on YouTube present her material in everything from full band studio sets to backporch strum-alongs and it’s clear she’s right at home anywhere.
“'I Don’t Mind' lead track on 'Nothing is as it was' EP was chosen and included in the prestigiousToyota CBC Music SEARCHLIGHT Music Contest2021
CBC Music SEARCHLIGHT Contest.”