Grammy-nominated indie rock star Cathy Richardson makes her return to The Acorn!
“…Richardson shone like a rising star, with a stinging set of originals that caught at least one listener by surprise. Backed by an air-tight four piece band, Richardson had music to match, a percolating blend of Little Feat rhythms, R&B shuffles, country strolls and American rock slam.” – Chicago Tribune
Seeing Cathy Richardson sing is an experience that is difficult to explain. Critics have described the effect in ways such as: witnessing a space shuttle launch, a force of nature, kinetic, unleashing a tsunami from her iron-lungs, haunting, stunning, breath-taking power, unbelievably powerful, or simply stated, “WOW.” Some have even gone so far as to dub her the “best female voice in rock today.”
It’s hard to think of any musician who’s had a more varied career than Chicago-based singer Cathy Richardson; from scrappy indie rock singer selling albums out of her car to commercial jingles, off-Broadway stage productions to fronting Jefferson Starship and a variety of side projects, she also picked up a Grammy nomination along the way. The twists and turns of her career feel impossible to follow, and incredibly unlikely, but are owed to the vast range of Richardson’s dynamite-packed vocal cords and her dogged perseverance to achieve goals she set as a teenager.
“When I set out to do rock and roll, I was like, ‘I’m going to be a rock star.’ Not, ‘I want to be a rock star.’ I’m going to be a rock star,” she says. “I thought that it was, ‘Oh, I’m going to write songs and I’m going to shop them to a record label and then I’m going to get signed and then I’m going to be rich and famous.’ That’s how I thought it was going to go down and that was my sort of plan. I had no idea how I was going to enact that plan, but I just blindly started trudging down that path. And then it was just always one little door after another that kept opening. It was just these little sort of victories along the way, these little dangling carrots that I would chase after and then I would get them, and then it would be like, ‘Okay. What next? What’s next?’”
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