Kaia Kater blazing roots music trail with ‘Sorrow Bound’ debut

Kaia‘Sorrow Bound’
Kaia Kater (Kingswood)
3.5 stars out of 5

Canadian musician Kaia Kater, at the tender age of 21, is paving new ground on the modern roots music scene. Born in Quebec of mixed Afro-Caribbean ancestry, Kater is one of the few people of color in roots music and she’s making a name for herself with first-rate songwriting and banjo skills.

Kaia CD“Sorrow Bound” is an impressive debut from Kater, who mixes original tunes and traditionals into a tasty 11-track stew that manages to put a fresh spin on roots music.

“We already knew my sound was going to be different,” says Kater, who resides in Toronto and spends a lot of time in the mountains of West Virginia. “I wanted to keep it unique to me, but true to the genre.”

She soars highest on the one-two opening punch of “When Sorrows Encompass Me Round” and “Southern Girl,” and also scores with the French language keeper “En Filant ma Quenouille,” “Rose on the Mountain,” personal favorite “Oh Darlin’” and “West Virginia Boys.” (Jeffrey Sisk)

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