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Cathy Braaten
Cathy BraatenA vocal range as powerful as Sarah Mclachlan and the blues mentality of Sass Jordan, Braanen, backed by solid musicians, blets out powerful churning folk rock and pensive ballads. Her work is characterized by big expressive vocals that Braaten can color with vibrato and pitch at will. When she is not singing, the space is masterfully filled by snarling clean guitar and effective percussion. Cathy Braaten is an oddly distinctive amalgam of influences: Springsteen along with Howlin' Wolf and Melissa Etheridge.

A native of small factory town Austin, Minn., Braaten felt the urge to make music at an early age. "I've always felt that a musical life was something that would genetically happen," she says. "I knew that whatever I did, I didn't want to work in a factory." Her first instrument was the flute, but she found that singing and playing the flute were incompatible. So she started practicing on a guitar her father bought at an auction. The emergence of tough independent women in rock during the 1970s and 1980s provided models of the type of performer Braaten strived to be.

"Annie Lennox and Chrissie Hynde were the women of the moment and they were strong," Braaten says. "I was inspired by their attitude." Bratten is not shy about promoting her music through the live circuit. She divides her time between Chicago and Minneapolis. In addition, she recently played to some of her largest audiences by supporting old'timers Chicago (the group) in the Quad Cities and Peoria. More info can be found at cathybraaten.com

All In My Head
CD $14.99 catalog# cbcd-100
All In My Head  cd cover
Running In The Rain
You Turn Me On




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