Bringing it back where Kandia Crazy Horse Country began: Of the two shows I have upcoming to kickoff August & the last stretch of summer, very excited to be making my live debut playing in my old hometown of Washington, DC. I will be doing 2 sets of my Cosmic American Music on the “Capital Americana Series” @ Georgetown’s Gypsy Sally’s club, on Thursday, 13 August @ 7pm. More details here: http://www.gypsysallys.com/event/874175-kandia-crazy-horse-vinyl-washington/
If yer in the DC / Maryland / Virginia area, we would love to see y’all out at the twangshow!!
Here’s a newfound, ole fine review of Stampede from Europe’s Folkworld site
“Americana” written by Kandia and [Ben] Peeler is a brilliant mix of Blues, Songwriter, Rock and Gospel and “Soul yodel” a melancholic Country Yodel by Kandia and [Albert] Menéndez. Other highlights are the intoxicating Country Rock “Cowgirls”, showcasing Kandia’s powerful voice, or the Eagles cover “New kid in town”.
With her debut Kandia Crazy Horse establishes herself as an up-and-coming songwriter, good song writing, talented musicians and a hot new voice guarantee a good listen.
© Adolf „gorhand“ Goriup
When I hit the town again, it will be to play my first show at the Branded Saloon in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights ‘hood. For all y’all of the NY / NJ / CT area that are having a “staycation” instead of roadrunning for this 4th of July holiday, come celebrate with your family and friends in Kandia Crazy Horse Country!!!
We shall be singing Songs of Freedom, sho’nuff, this Friday night in NYC >>>—–> #KandiaCrazyHorse #Stampede #BrandedSaloon
Greetings from the Red Road & the Southland!
What has been billed as New York’s first country music festival, FarmBorough, came & went with much fanfare; but, as a proud member of the local New York City country scene that was (blatantly?) overlooked on their bills in favor of superstars straight from Music Row and assorted carpetbaggers, we played our own show in Brooklyn Country Thursday night — thanks to all who came out & raised a ruckus with us @ the honky-tonk!! — and I subsequently hit 95 South to find much-needed sonic & spiritual renewal in the Beautiful South.
En route to the Dixieline, I have sung country soul classics with Greg Tate’s Burnt Sugar Arkestra — including my co-pilot Little Miss Cornshucks’ “Try A Little Tenderness” — and 1960s Freedom Songs alongside my Southwest Georgia kinswoman & SNCC Elder Bernice Johnson Reagon @ Chocolate City’s Metropolitan AME Church, as well as celebrated Peruvian music/culture @ this year’s Folklife Festival. Also took the time to see my former culture-crit colleague Gayle Wald (GWU scholar) give a talk on her latest tome @ Politics And Prose — it’s about my former Schomburg Center colleague & great black queer maverick son of Washington, Mr. Ellis Haizlip, and the landmark 1960s-70s variety show he hosted for PBS, Soul!, which featured such country/folk acts as my fellow Virginian Bill Withers and Taj Mahal giving me the seed to ultimately sing & write country music (Check out Soul! and Black Power Television also for renowned photographer Chester Higgins’ shots from the production).
Canada’s Toronto-based National Post features a very abbreviated take on my views about the current Confederate battle flag furor & the state of country music. And in my southern retreat new songs are now jumpin’ off the page and the Road, including a meditation on the famous post-bellum black stringband family, the Snowdens, who some historians credit with teaching “Dixie” to Dan Emmett Rice. I am undergoing a renaissance of focus on the myriad unknown black country musicians and songwriters who populated weekend frolics across the South and into the Midwest between the Civil War & the Second World War — fitting since America as a whole (not just Sistah Bree Newsome) seems arrested in that era yet again these days. Expecting to fly sometime in the Afrofuture with a vintage Virginian harp-guitar!
Here’s a nice new write-up about my music & vision from the artist-centric Dead Flowers blog – also previewing our Honky-Tonk Relapse appearance this Thursday night in Brooklyn: READ HERE
When you hear the words “classic country music”, a few famous faces come to mind—all of them, most likely, white and male. But Kandia Crazy Horse is out to change all that. The NYC-based singer and songwriter is “on a crusade to become the first black woman to be invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.”And the way she sings — with a style that’s part deep-South traditional country, part soul, and more than a little influenced by the crossover twang-rock of ’70s California — she just might pull it off
Yes! I hope to see y’all out @ Hank’s Saloon!
Tis’ the season for twang, I reckon: I’ve been invited as a special guest opener for Uncle Leon’s Honky-Tonk Relapse @ Brooklyn’s venerable, long-lived honky-tonk Hank’s Saloon. “Uncle” Leon Chase hosts this weekly event & runs BrooklynCountry.com, a great fellow artist & strong supporter of NYC’s local country scene. I’ll be bringing my own patented mountain music/Laurel Canyon-inspired sound to Hank’s, as well as some surprise takes on classic country. So do come through for my last show of #BlackMusicMonth & first venture into Brooklyn Country!
Hank’s Saloon is at: 46 3rd Avenue, btwn Pacific St & Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hil Brooklyn, NY (steps away from the Atlantic Terminal & the Barclay’s Center)
We’ve been having a great weekend of Juneteenth celebrations in Harlem & Central Park courtesy of Oakland artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Black Joy In the Hour of Chaos installations & the related salon hosted by Harlem Stage here in NYC. Hope your own Juneteenth Festivals across America have been grand!!
Happy Summer Solstice & Father’s Day everybody! Sadly, due to scheduling conflicts, I am not performing at the Staten Island Museum in St. George this afternoon for Make Music New York. However, we will be rescheduling a program there in tandem with the Museum’s current exhibition of Civil War tintypes upcoming. Check-in for updates; meanwhile, here’s the write-up from the Staten Island Advance: NYC’s most musical weekend
I will be playing a show on the Summer Solstice in SoHo at the Gallery La La: 138 Sullivan Street near West Houston, $10 cover
We will be providing a unique take on country music for Black Music Month
New York City area folks – Come join us at 6:30pm next Sunday evening!
Hope to see y’all out next Friday! #ScootYerBoots #SaddleUp
Y’all, I have been in the innermost songwriting cave for a spell & having some long overdue reconnection with kin…Yet today, with the arrival of Manhattanhenge, the summer’s really begun for me & shall be beaming out some vital Light for the season come Sundown. This is the time in NYC that transplanted southerners like myself — & my late mother, whose Gemini Soul & 2nd June bornday we shall be celebrating next week @ Chaka Khan in Prospect Park — feel most at peace, able to commune with the Green. Looking forward to connecting, at my upcoming shows & down by the riverside!
Peace & Love, Kandia*
Bringin’ it back to where it all began: Stampede, the debut album recorded in remembrance of my southern belle Mum, plus two singles from my forthcoming follow-up Canyons — “Tula” & “Bury My Heart At Rock Creek Park” — are available from CD Baby HERE
From a month back: Love this capture by photographer Jacob Blick backstage @ NYC’s Electric Lady Studios (Hail Jimi!). (L-R) Eleanor Whitmore, Kandia Crazy Horse, Chris Masterson. I’ve known Chris for years, as a sideman for various folk including Bobby Bare Jr. Yet his formerly local — now Austin-based — alt-country band The Mastersons with wife Eleanor is now one of the finest around. Be sure to catch’em out now as they venture on tour with Steve Earle.
I am having a bit o’ twangshow this Friday night, April 3rd @ 8pm; Downtown on the LES at Leftfield on Ludlow, courtesy of Turnstyle Music Group’s series. Hope to see y’all out, as we try to scoot our cowboy/girl boots into some Spring-like vibes & good weather at last!
Info/tix link: http://brooklyncountry.com/events/kandia-crazy-horse/
There will be some pickin’ & some grinnin’ reflecting my favorite show from childhood, HEE HAW
Well, y’all I’ve just taught myself 4 songs on the new banjolin, and now trying to get prepared for the upcoming long live season. For now, enjoying this video from a cold night down at NYC’s South Street Seaport art & music space Sugarcube: I’m playing with my sisterfriend Amanda Jo Williams from Hogansville, Georgia. We’re surely hoping to do some cool projects this year. Enjoy
Hope the New Year has been treating y’all well. Cabin fever is a bit much in our Northeast Arctic wave, but trying to keep the chill at bay with my new dear banjolin Bluebird (below). Stay warm & stay tuned for some news upcoming. & in the meanwhile, celebrate some of the century-plus history and traditions of black country, from the Snowden Family through Dobie Gray and on to my recent singles “Tula” & “Bury My Heart At Rock Creek Park” available from CD Baby here
It’s music year-end voting time in the media, and New York City’s venerable alt-weekly the Village Voice has compiled their top 13 best country albums of the year, considering my debut recording Stampede as #2 above all! Here’s a quote from what the paper’s culture editor/writer Alan Scherstuhl had to say about my take on country & western songwriting and aesthetics:
“Rather than jamming familiar sounds together, hoping they snap together into something new, Kandia Crazy Horse operates under the assumption that all those sounds are equally hers. She’s a synthesist, the opposite of whatever Big Bang first blasted American pop into all those limiting genres. Her song titles suggest her vision: “Congo Square” (on which funky drummer meets Bakersfield riffs and Rolling Thunder fiddles); “Soul Yodel” (on which “The Tennessee Waltz” and Al Green’s “Simply Beautiful” dissolve together like sugar in her mouth); “Gunfight at the Golden Corral” (a crackpot two-step whose chorus is the name of Pauline Kael’s most famous book)…No record I’ve heard this year boasts such warmth and breadth and surprise.”
Checkout my Spanish-language song “Tula” – a reference to Los Atlantes de Tula in Mexico – the first single to emerge from the sequel to STAMPEDE, which was released digitally around this time last year. Keep “Tula” in your soundwave just in time for Cyber Monday (in the US) and as a fine holiday season dance jam with a unique twang twist on rock en Espanol. Get your “Tula” here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kandiacrazyhorse2
My lil’ Cosmic Country act is enjoying a well-deserved Summer Break > Stay tuned for new sounds & all the way live adventures after Indian Summer! xoxo
In the current issue #246 of MOJO on newsstands in the UK (print only), veteran British chronicler of American roots music (The Band) and Southern Californian folk-rock out of Laurel Canyon turns his gaze to Stampede, Kandia & the “promise of [her] sassy, assured debut.”
The April 2014 print issue of ACOUSTIC GUITAR magazine features a great review of Stampede & photos of Kandia: “Full of intersecting cultural lines, sincere songwriting, a genre-bending scope of sound, and unflinching bravery, Stampede is a powerful musical debut from Crazy Horse, who has the strength, soul, and talent to serve as a role model for other black women who want to enter the world of country music.” – Amber Von Nagel