“Wildwood” got written up in American Songwriter!
“Wildwood’s 11 songs are about family and friends, land and love, history and highways. She delivers razor-sharp lyrics with a hearty, soulful voice.”
Read the whole thing here.
“Wildwood” hit #7 album, and “Worry My Friend” hit #5 song, on the international Folk-DJ charts for September! What a thrill. Here’s the full chart: https://www.folkradio.org/
Today is the official world premiere of the music video for “Helen,” track #4 from my new album “Wildwood”! Full video available on Ditty TV here:
Check out this new review of “Wildwood”! Read the full thing below or here.
Those bitter Midwestern winters we love to gripe about have indirectly given us one of modern folk music’s greatest treasures in Katie Dahl, a singer/songwriter and masterful storytelling poet who caps her first decade as a recording artist with Wildwood – a powerfully compelling collection of modern and historical, personal reflections and heartfelt, colorful family stories branching from the Minnesota native’s beloved adopted ancestral home region of Door County, Wisconsin.
Katie was a college freshman when she slipped on a patch of sidewalk ice and broke her wrist. Unable to play oboe in her school’s orchestra, she taught herself guitar – playing chord shapes while strumming strings with her stiff right hand. Under the production guidance of JT Nero, frontman of Americana/folk band Birds of Chicago who shares a lifelong history in Door County, Katie is still strumming her melodies beautifully, enhanced on this graceful, ballad dominated set by spirited pedal steel (Steve Dawson), fiddle (Kristin Webber) and vocal (Allison Russell) harmonies.
Yet it’s her soulful, expressive and inviting vocals and the clever, colorful and insightful narratives she weaves that make Wildwood the glorious journey it is. Even as she takes an overriding loving view of the region and her ancestors that settled there, she is upfront and honest about fears and hard times (hers and her antecedents) as well. “Anna Lee” finds her seeking the solace of a mysterious visiting bird to bring light, calm and healing. Katie balances the solace of a California vacation with fears that it’s all a teasing mirage by calling “Worry my Friend.”
Other key tracks include “Helen” (about the desire to escape the north country for less confining realms), “Good Northern Ground” (a grand tale of her ancestors’ discovery of “good Northern ground),” and “The Fisherman’s Daughter” (a lyrical gem from her second musical of the same name). Katie also breaks the ballad mode a few times with a whimsical romp about her ongoing affection for her home state of “Minnesota” and Pat MacDonald’s swampy and whimsical “Valmy.”
The Kickstarter campaign for “Wildwood” finished strong last week, thanks to the generosity of 405 backers on the Kickstarter site (and almost 50 who contributed off-site). “Wildwood” will be officially released September 13. Until then, you can pre-order (and get an immediate track download of “Helen”!) on iTunes. Or you can pre-save it on Spotify for the chance to win a free t-shirt.
Enormous thanks to all who contributed to the Kickstarter. The elves are busy packaging up your rewards!
Katie Dahl’s new album, “Wildwood,” will be released Friday, September 13. Produced by Birds of Chicago’s JT Nero, the album features backing vocals by Allison Russell (Po’ Girl, Birds of Chicago, Our Native Daughters) as well as a host of other super-talented Nashvillians. Visit the Kickstarter campaign (which will run through August 14) for more information!
Album release concerts are scheduled for Madison (9/13), Mequon, WI (9/14), Evanston, IL (9/15), and Door County (11/30, co-bill with Capitol Sun Rays–Birds of Chicago, Luther Dickinson, Amy Helm, and Grahame Lesh). More release concerts will be announced soon!