NEW HOPE CHATEAU
RAISE UP YOUR HAND–BROKEN BIRD–AGAIN–TURTLE BLUES–LONG AGO, FAR AWAY–WHAT WOULD YOU DO–HIT OR MISS–THE TIDE HAS TURNED–LEFTOVER WINE–BOYISH CHARMS–WHEN I’M WITH YOU–OFF THE RAILS
Katherine Rondeau has gotten rave reviews from the folks that matter most–her legion of loyal fans! Their response to her live shows of authentic folk music blended with blues, protest songs, and love songs has led to the release of “New Hope Chateau,” eight of her originals, and four covers that showcase her warm, inviting vocals and composing skills. This set was produced by Glenn Barratt (see our review for Gina Sicilia’s latest EP, also produced by Glenn, elsewhere in this forum.)
The program begins with a strong message of empowerment in today’s “broke down” society, “Raise Up Your Hand.” Glenn adds acoustic guitar and Ross Bellenoit is on dobro and mandolin on the haunting tale of the “Broken Bird,” a child growing up without its birth mother who is taken in by another to impart life’s lessons, especially, “the love you give comes back to you.”
Katherine gets downright bluesy in the sassy Janis Joplin cover, “Turtle Blues,” featuring Ron Jennings on guitar and John Conahan on organ. She has a sho’ nuff funky side, too, rocking Odetta’s tale of “I got to be me, Hit Or Miss,” and not be “like everybody else!”
We had two favorites, too. Ross Bellenoit is on slide guitar as Katherine recounts Dylan’s tale of “muddy graves” and “that man hangin’ on a cross,” “Long Ago, Far Away.” One of her originals, “Again,” deals with the perceptions of love thru the eyes of two ex-lovers. They come to grips with aging and the sobering thoughts of living out their lives alone, and pondering “what might’ve been.”
Katherine Rondeau has played the Philadelphia Folk Festival, World Cafe Live, and our own iconic Bluebird Cafe. The diversity of the material within “New Hope Chateau” shows that her fans have spoken, and know precisely what they wanted from her, and she righteously delivers! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.