No Place to Fall, Grace’s bright, clear voice reflects simple beauty and subtle wisdom, traits shared by all memorable singers from Billie Holiday to Emmylou Harris. Grace’s band includes some of the best multigenre instrumentalists around: Punch Brothers violinist Gabe Witcher, bassist David Piltch, drummer Matt Mayhall and guitarists Tim Young and Storm Nilson.
These days you see unusual simpatico between jazz artists and the once-hostile world that seemed to encroach upon their esoteric ideals and 11-minute improvisations. It seems there is now a place for such sophisticated artistry, especially if blended cleverly into new hybrid concoctions. Kathleen Grace sipped at the deep well of jazz for years before veering off her chosen path into the countryside, where she now frolics in a space where all tastes are safe, be it country, bluegrass or jazz. In her most recent album,