Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artists Showcase (2015)
#1 Song, Folk DJ Charts (“Crowns,” 2015)
#6 Album, Folk DJ Charts (Ordinary Band, 2015)
Folk Festival on WDCB #1 Album of 2015 (Ordinary Band)
Top 30 Albums of 2015, Indiana Public Radio (Ordinary Band)

Great River Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, 2nd Place (2013)
Indiana Public Radio WVPE Top 25 Albums of 2012
Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Series Songwriting Contest, 2nd Place (2012)
Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year (2010)

Press Quotes

“Katie Dahl’s music combines a love for her rural midwestern roots, a droll wit, and a clear-eyed appraisal of modern life, all served up in a voice as rich as cream. ”

Karen Impola, Iowa Public Radio

Smart, tough-minded and positive, Katie Dahl’s work is grounded in a place—Door County, Wisconsin—and its community. But her songs are for everyone. A rock-solid musician and rigorous poet, her songs unfold with equal measures of inevitability and surprise—compassion’s welcome dart to the heart.

Andrew Calhoun, Waterbug Records

“Katie Dahl . . . combine[s] old-fashioned populism, an abiding love of the land and wickedly smart love songs, all delivered in a rich and expressive alto.”

Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Leaky Boats and Paper Birds is a beautifully crafted album, with poetic lyrics made even more evocative by gorgeous melodies and lovely guitar picking. Katie Dahl’s low, rich voice is the real deal, and you can feel her love for the land, lakes and people of the Upper Midwest in every song. The production and backing musicians are also top-notch.”

Stephanie Elkins, Wisconsin Public Radio

“Katie Dahl is a honey-throated alto thrush and an eagle-eyed songwriter who soars high on her debut album.”

Claudia Russell, singer-songwriter

“Katie Dahl has a keen eye for the life of the heart and the life of the world. She also has a sharp pen, a strong voice, and the intelligence, compassion and musical sensibility to write and perform songs that are a pure joy to hear. Katie makes me see, feel and think about things that are real, and gives me good laughs, heart-tugs and inspiration along the way. . . . A singer-songwriter you need to get to know.”

Parker J. Palmer (author of A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach)

“Sophisticated without putting on airs.”

Green Bay Press-Gazette

“Katie Dahl is a writer of such depth and laser-sharp perception, you almost expect her to have a thousand shows and a million miles behind her. But then she shows up with a stage demeanor that is so innocent and utterly without guile, you wonder at her maturity.”

Karen Mal