Listening to Kat Danser is like travelling with your ears. Her music draws a direct line from the Canadian Prairies to the Mississippi Delta. This Edmonton-based guitarist, songwriter and vocalist has been dubbed “The Queen of The Swamp Blues”. Her style is steeped in tradition yet distills a refreshing approach to roots, blues, and gospel music for the 21st Century. Danser offers a new take on centuries-old premises and is adept at taking jabs at modern-day cultural phenomena.
Danser’s third album, Passin’-A-Time, takes us with her from the wheat fields of Saskatchewan to the cotton fields of Mississippi. She has a deep passion, understanding and respect for Delta blues, one of the earliest forms of North American popular music, and draws heavily on the rich and fertile musical climate there. This new album is a testament to those cultural encounters. Rich in tradition yet modernistic in tone, Passin’-A-Time chronicles her unique musical journey along the rivers and rails of this continent.
This latest CD, distributed by Outside Music, charted at number 1 on CKUA radio and number 8 on !earshot charts nationwide. A national touring and award-winning artist, Danser has performed at the 25th Anniversary of the Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall, the Calgary International Blues Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, Calgary Folk Festival, Saskatoon Blues Festival, Island MusicFest, The Winspear Centre’s ‘Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts’, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.
Media reviews and interviews have occurred on CBC Radio, Global TV, Halifax Chronicle, Vancouver Georgia Straight, Edmonton Journal, CKUA Radio, Winnipeg Free Press, CTV, Edmonton Sun, Toronto Blues Society, Blues Matters!; with highlights being interviewed for the film project Blues Women in Canada, her recent debut directorial film release titled, Rails & Rivers: Searching for the Heart of the Blues, Kat Danser: Queen of the Swamp Blues on CTV’s Alberta Primetime, and co-hosting an edition of Natch’l Blues on CKUA with Holger Petersen.
Her accolades of late have been many. Danser garnered her first national Maple Blues ‘Best New Blues Artist’ nomination, her second Western Canadian Music Award ‘Blues Recording of the Year’ nomination, and achieved a Masters in Music from the University of Alberta.
She is currently working on her next recording project, a PhD in Music, and the initial stages of a new documentary, Women in Blues: Turn the Page.