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Thursday
Apr092015

Call Answered: Oscar Speace: Janka Interview

"Call Me Adam" chats with playwright Oscar Speace about his new play Janka, based upon a 60-page handwritten letter his mother wrote about the fate of her family in Nazi concentration camps during WWII. Janka plays at the June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue) in New York City through May 2. Click here for tickets!

1. Your new play Janka, is based on a 60-page handwritten letter by your mother, regarding the fate of her family in Nazi concentration camps. What made you want to take this letter and turn it into a play? What made now the right time to present Janka? Since I can remember I've always had an interest in history and especially my mother's Holocaust story. She rarely talked about it and when I told her I wanted to know what happened (I was in high school) she said she wrote a book once and no one was interested in her story. She told me the book was lost. I was crestfallen. She wrote a book and it was lost. After she died I wrote an outline for a screenplay that would be based on historical research blended with the few tidbits from the few "stories" Janka had talked about. It wasn't very much. I sent the outline to Aunt Betty (Janka's sister). Later we spoke on the phone and she told me she had my mother's book. She would send it to me. I immediately realized that this was the book she had told me about when I was in high school. I would finally know my mother's story. When it arrived I immediately discovered it was written in Hungarian, I would have to find a translator. This I did and spent the next nine months of Saturday morning sitting with the translator and helping her by typing into a laptop as she did the translation. It was very emotional for both of us. We quickly realized that this was a well thought out, beautifully written account of what happened to her family in the last year of the war. It was a sixty page letter written to Uncle Morris Festinger who lived in Cleveland, Ohio. He had immigrated during World War I in 1915.

This is the 70th anniversary of Janka's liberation from the slave labor camp (a subcamp of Dachau)...We have been touring JANKA since 2002. We have done over 105 performances, all as a staged reading. It seemed like the next step to bring it to New York and to do a full-blown production. A "World Premiere."

Janice Noga as JANKA, Photo Credit: Raymond Reilly2. Growing up, you never knew of your mother's time spent in Nazi concentration camps until you found this 60-page letter after your mom's death. With finding this letter after your mom's death, what went through your mind when you found this letter, especially knowing you would not have the chance to ask her any questions? We knew that Mom was a Holocaust survivor, but like many survivors, she rarely spoke of it...and when she did it was very perfunctory. "I was in Auschwitz. I lost 63 members of my family. I was a slave laborer in Germany. They tied Gizi to a tree." Nothing was connected or explained. It wasn't very coherent. Hard to understand.

Finding the letter was a miracle. The process of translating it another miracle. Opening the envelope, pulling out the writing book, opening it and then discovering it's written in Hungarian, I couldn't understand a word until it's translated. I smack myself in the forehead. Of course it's written in Hungarian - her native tongue. Through a writing mentor, Academy Award winning screenwriter Pamela Wallace, I met with her neighbor Nora Szabo DeWitt, who was born in Hungary. We met on Saturdays, many Saturdays in 1998. In my mind, I wondered if this letter would tell the story of what happened. Simply, would it be good source material? Reading the first sentence, "Dear Uncle Morris, Our happiness was boundless, since our liberation, this is our first happy moment. After all, we are not so orphaned in this world; we also have somebody to whom we belong." I knew immediately this evocative material would enable me to tell her story.

Nora and I cried for an hour...when I came home for lunch and shared this with my wife Janice, who is playing the role at the June Havoc Theatre, another hour of crying continued.

Janice Noga as JANKA, Photo Credit: Raymond Reilly3. What emotional challenges did you face and what did you find most interesting to write about during the writing of Janka? It's hard to discuss the creative process. The letter begins by discussing the political atmosphere in Transylvania starting in 1940. I decided not to start here but to start with the German SS marching into Sighet and moving the Jews into the ghetto.

Also, when Janice first met Janka before we were married, they had breakfast together in her home in Moorestown, NJ. I slept late that morning and missed what they talked about. I rarely sleep late and Janice rarely gets up early but this particular morning the opposite happened and Janice found herself face to face with Janka, who would become her mother-in-law. Janka spoke more about the Holocaust to Janice than she had ever spoken to my brother and me. I missed this. She opened up to a complete stranger. It dawned on me that the play could turn on the idea that it's easier to tell your story to a complete stranger than it is to your own flesh and blood.

In the play Janka asks the audience for advice. "Maybe you can help. I will tell you the story. And after you hear it you tell me if I should tell him. Do we have a deal? It's a deal!" This brings the audience right into the story.

4. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Janka? A better understanding of what happened in the Holocaust. What happened to the Jews of Transylvania and Sighet. We've had a number of survivors and children of survivors thank us for telling Janka's story. It has helped them speak about their experiences to their children and grandchildren.

Janice Noga as JANKA, Photo Credit: Raymond Reilly5. What made you want Roust Theatre Company to produce Janka? There's a connection. Tracy Hostmyer, Janice and I are graduates from Fresno State. Our professor and mentor Jeanette Bryon taught in London when Tracy lived in London. We followed Tracy's career...and helped her by sending money so she could pursue her acting career. Tracy came to see the play very early on in 2002 in Los Angeles. It's come a long way since then. When she started Roust we contributed at the beginning.

Last summer we put a committee together to bring JANKA to New York. The Janka Project is also a nonprofit under the auspices of the Fresno Arts Council. Tracy called to tell us she would be in Fresno visiting her parents. We invited her to a meeting and after listening to the committee and explaining how Roust could produce the play, if her partner Director James Phillip Gates agreed, we proceeded to raise the money to bring JANKA to New York.

6. Janka is being directed by James Philip Gates and starring Janice Noga. Why did you choose James to direct this piece? What was it about Janice that made you go, she's going to play my mom? James is Tracy's partner. Can I say it was a package deal? We had a number of bi-coastal telephone calls with James. He's charming. We liked his ideas. He wanted me to get the directing credit. I told him I'm the playwright...you're the director. You'll be doing the work, you should get the credit. He agreed to direct. We heard he was thorough and tough, but also kind and compassionate. We both felt we would have a good experience with JANKA in New York.

Janice flew to New York in January and February to rehearse with James for five days each visit. Janice came two weeks before we opened last night to rehearse. It's a difficult play with a demanding director and limited time. We all have day jobs and the budget is small. But it's all come together beautifully.

7. What do you think your mom would think of you turning this part of her life into a play? She would definitely be proud of us and our accomplishment. I think she would be a little embarrassed because of the attention but deep inside she would be smiling.

Janice Noga as JANKA, Photo Credit: Raymond Reilly8. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? I wrote a couple of children's plays that were performed in schools in Central California. It was fun and enjoyable but not real serious work.

After the letter was translated I wrote a documentary script and planned to do a documentary. We raised money and shot a demo on film. Tracy played Janka in this short film while Janice did the voice work. Raising money was very difficult. It was suggested that I write a one woman play based on the letter. It was a natural for her to do it since she knew Janka. It never occurred to me that my wife would be playing my mother. Now it sounds very Shakespearean. At first, it was Janice playing a role in this play...We started in Savannah, Georgia at Atlantic Armstrong University. We've done 105 performances around the world including Sighet, Romania, Janka's hometown. It also enabled us to raise money for what now has become the Janka Project. We operate as a non-profit under the auspices of the Fresno Arts Council.

9. What have you learned about yourself from being a playwright? It takes a lot of discipline and it's very difficult when you have a fulltime job. During all this time...I am a producer/director at ValleyPBS, a promotion director at ABC30 for five years, and a real estate videographer for five years...Time management is an understatement!

10. What's the best advice you've ever received? Keep your head down, swing smooth and release the club...Wait a minute, that's golf...Three things that everybody should follow.

1) Have a good attitude

2) Show up on time

3) Some talent helps

BONUS QUESTION:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Push a button and there'd be world peace!

Oscar SpeaceMore on Oscar:

Playwright Oscar Speace has produced a wide range of TV and radio programming for PBS and ABC-TV, having earned two Emmy certificates for his work at ABC30 in California's Central Valley. He earned an Emmy nomination for CONQUEST OF MY BROTHER about U.S. broken treaties with Native American Indians. His documentary JANKA: ONE MINUTE OF PERFECT HAPPINESS won a Telly Award. As well, he wrote and produced THE MAKING OF THE PARSLEY GARDEN on ABC-TV.

Monday
Mar302015

Call Redialed: Eddie Capuano in My Big Gay Italian Funeral

"Call Me Adam" catches up with actor Eddie Capuano as we talk about his guest starring return to the hit Off-Broadway show My Big Gay Italian Funeral, written by Anthony Wilkinson, playing at St. Lukes Theatre in NYC (308 West 46th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Eddie will be My Big Gay Italian Funeral's guest star on Sunday, April 19 at 7pm! Click here for tickets!

For more on Eddie follow him on Twitter!

1. On April 19, you are making your return engagement to My Big Gay Italian Funeral as their special guest star! What initially made you want to guest star in this show and what excites you about your return? The show has been running for two years and my friend Hugh Hysell was in it, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped on it. The show is hilarious and I want to try and do it better than the first time. 

Eddie Capuano with Hugh Hysell2. What went through your head when My Big Gay Italian Funeral asked you back? I was honored. I added a little Naked Eddie sass at the end and Anthony liked it. I'd like to hope that helped in getting me asked back.

3. What is it like to be the guest star and perform with a cast that has already bonded together? It's awkward at first like any new situation. But the cast was all very helpful and gave me support the whole way. Even though it's not a huge part, it's nerve wracking not having a lot of rehearsal, but this cast had my back.

Eddie Capuano in "My Big Gay Italian Funeral"4. As a Gay-Italian, what do you identify most with about the show? Absofuckinglutey everything. From the drama to the comedy. The superstitions. Anthony's writing is so funny because to some degree I've witnessed these characters in real life. I think everyone has no matter Gay, str8, Italian or German. That's why audiences love it. It's universal.

5. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Thinking the show was even better than they hoped.

6. If you were you having your own "Big Gay Italian Funeral," what celebrities would you want to attend? Madonna, Gaga, Lily Tomlin and Stephen King DUH.

Eddie Capuano in "My Big Gay Italian Funeral"7. What's the best advice you've ever received? Do what you love and you'll figure out how to make a living.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? There is always room for improvement.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you chose? To breath life to the dead. I'd like my dad, uncle, and dog back. But not like in a creepy Pet Sematary way. But like in the same way they were before they were sick and passed away.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? The Naked Eddie. Bathtub Gin, two olives and a sliced cucumber with a dash of Franks Red Hot sauce because I put that shit on everything.

Eddie Capuano, Photo Credit: Richard GasparroMore on Eddie:

Just recently joined AEA. He has been nominated for two NJ Perry Awards. Previous Favorite Roles: "Manny" in Incongruence, "Bill" in Lobby Hero, "Dale" in The Temperamentals, "Lil Charles" in August Osage County, "Rocky" in Rocky Horror, "Toddy" in Take Me Out, "Michal" in Pillowman, "Darius" in Jeffrey, and "Millet" in Fuddy Meers.

Monday
Mar092015

Call Answered: Jeremy Duncan Pape: Woyzeck, FJF

Jeremy Duncan Pape"Call Me Adam" chats with director Jeremy Duncan Pape about his adaptation of Georg Büchner's Woyzeck. Presented by No-Win's Productions, Woyzeck, FJF will play at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC (154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington Streets) through March 21.

Using Büchner's original dialogue, Woyzeck, FJF, examines the end of a man’s life through the lens of his own insurmountable madness. It has been radically re-imagined as the haunting story of a condemned man desperate to uncover the truth in a dangerous world. Click here for tickets!

1. From February 28-March 21, your adaptation of Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck will be playing at the New Ohio Theatre in NYC. What made you want to adapt and direct this show? I first read Woyzeck in undergrad and immediately felt a connection to it. Büchner’s stunning language was just too much for me to ignore. Over the years I would occasionally pick it up and read it and eventually I decided to completely re-approach the play. Things crystalized and Woyzeck, FJF came to be.

2. What do you hope audiences come away with after seeing Woyzeck, FJF? The long answer is that I want people to have a better understanding of what it means to live without being able to relate to the world as everyone else seems to; a better understanding of what it means to be mad. The real person that this play is based on was almost certainly a schizophrenic, a condition that we know very little about, much less understand. If a better understanding ultimately leads to compassion for a murderer, then I will feel that we have accomplished our goals.

The set of "Woyzeck, FJF"3. What excites you about having this cast bring Woyzeck, FJF to life? I trust each and every one of them, they trust me, and they trust each other. They are creative, passionate artists who bring everything that they have to every role. To have them invest themselves in this idea is an honor. You really just have to see them at work to understand.

4. What makes The New Ohio Theatre the perfect venue for this production of Woyzeck, FJF? As with many productions, the space in which these characters live is a character in and of itself. Wide open, unique, challenging, the New Ohio stage is just right for a play like this. Then you add in the wonderful people who make up the New Ohio and you get something perfect. Robert, Marc and Alan have been so welcoming and supportive and I cannot imagine our first production happening anywhere else.

"Woyzeck, FJF", Photo Credit: Scott Wynn5. This production of Woyzeck, FJF is set within the claustrophobic confines of a hospital. Tormented by the figures of his mind, memory and reality, "Woyzeck" struggles to understand why he is being held, and must finally face the terrible truth of what he has done. When has there been a time in your life when you had to face the truth of something you've done that you didn't want to see? August 2003.

6. Additionally, Woyzeck, FJF examines the end of a man’s life through the lens of his own insurmountable madness. If you were at the end of your life, how would you want to be remembered? A teacher, a father and maybe a little bit mad.

Cast of "Woyzeck, FJF", Photo Credit: Russ Rowland7. What has been the best advice you've ever received? Don’t take yourself too seriously.

8. What have you learned about yourself from being a director? I have learned how much I like listening.

9. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Pyrokinesis.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? Bourbon. Or rye. Or both. And cigar bitters. And I’m not telling you the rest. I think I’ll call it a Last Breath.

Jeremy Duncan PapeMore on Jeremy:

Jeremy Duncan Pape holds an MFA in directing from the New School for Drama and a BFA in acting from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. His directing credits include Carlos Cisco’s The Last Days, Bill Winegardner’s Waste of Space and William Whitehurst’s Knuckleball, which won Best Drama and Best Overall Production at the 2008 San Francisco Fringe. Jeremy’s directing and design work was seen in the Amoralists’ critically acclaimed 2008-2011 seasons at P.S. 122 and Theater 80. From 2006-2010 he was the Associate Artistic Director and Technical Director of EndTimes Productions. Currently, Jeremy is the Production Manager for The Amoralists and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the founding Artistic Director of No-Win Productions.

Monday
Mar022015

Call Redialed: Selene Luna: Jumbo Shrimp Laurie Beechman Theatre

"Call Me Adam" catches up with comedian and burlesque star Selene Luna! This time around we discuss her new comedy show Jumbo Shrimp which will be at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC (inside the West Bank Café at 407 West 42nd Street at Ninth Avenue) on March 27 and 28. Click here for tickets!

For more on Selene be sure to visit http://seleneluna.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

1. It's great to catch up with you after our last interview! On March 27 and 28 you will be returning to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC with your new show Jumbo Shrimp. What made now the right time to return to NYC with a new show? Thank you, Adam, great catching up with you too! Last fall I worked quite a bit with my long-time galpal and mentor, Margaret Cho, as her opening act. Being on the road with Margaret gave me the opportunity to fine-tune and explore new themes I’ve been working on, so I feel ready to return to NYC with fresh and daring material.

Selene Luna, Photo Credit: Austin Young2. What made you want to come back to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with Jumbo Shrimp? It’s been my experience that New York City audiences are fun and electrifying, so premiering Jumbo Shrimp at the Laurie Beechman Theatre seemed like a no-brainer for kicking off a new show.

3. What can fans expect from this new show? My show addresses the multi-layered obstacles and triumphs of everyday life, as seen from my perspective as a little person. The last year has been one of my most personally challenging years, so the audience can also expect to hear me poke fun at my own misfortune; I must laugh to keep from crying. My life experience is unique but I strive to make it universally humorous and relatable.

4. Why did you want to title the show Jumbo Shrimp? This past Holiday, I was at a Christmas party seated in front of the jumbo shrimp platter and every time my friend Jackie Beat would reach for a shrimp, she would call me "jumbo shrimp" under her breath. It was hilarious! The next morning it dawned on me that "Jumbo Shrimp" would make a great show title, especially since my life feels like an oxymoron sometimes.

Selene Luna performing5. For someone who has never seen you perform, what is one reason they should come to Jumbo Shrimp? Little people seem to be that last acceptable blackface in entertainment, coming to see my show; "Jumbo Shrimp" will give new audiences the opportunity to witness a humanized side of people like me, through dark silly blue humor.

6. When did you first take a comedic look at yourself and realize you can make people laugh with your material? I grew up being taunted, ridiculed, neutered and dismissed by society because of what I look like. By age five, I was savvy enough to know that I would have to be an entertaining person to redirect the unsolicited attention I was getting. Humor and comedy have always been a survival mechanism for me.

Selene Luna performing7. You have worked with some of the greatest comedians of our time including Roseanne Barr and Robin Williams. What was the best part about working with them and what did you learn from them? Both Roseanne Barr and Robin Williams were gracious, embracing, and kind. I had the opportunity to work with Roseanne when she invited my friends Jackie Beat, Nadya Ginsburg and me to shoot a series of original commercial parodies with her for her website and Youtube channel. From Roseanne, I learned to take full control of my career and never apologize for it. I only worked with the late Robin Williams once, and it was enough to impact me for the rest of my life. From Robin, I learned to remain present, generous, and kind, even under the most trying circumstances.

Selene Luna, Photo Credit: Austin Young8. What haven't you accomplished yet that you would like to? I feel like I still have a lot to accomplish but headlining my own comedy tour and homesteading a pygmy goat farm in Big Sur are at the top of my the list.

9. How do you want to be remembered? I would like to be remembered as a trustworthy, kind and caring person with a demented sense of humor.

10. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I’m not much of a drinker but I love my weed, so my signature drink would be a nonalcoholic refreshment, "Jumbo Shrimp Cucumber Cooler." In a shaker, combine dry cucumber soda, lime juice, thin cucumber slices, cannabis tincture, and ice. Shake & strain into a vintage Fostoria crystal cut rose stem glass and garnish with mint. Enjoy.

Selene Luna, Photo Credit: Austin YoungMore on Selene:

A trail-blazing little person in the entertainment world, Selene Luna, at 3’10″, is a small package with a very big presence. Comic/host/writer/burlesque artist/broadcaster/model/actor/activist, Selene cut her teeth performing in clubs and art venues, and quickly became a darling of Hollywood’s underground scene. An original member of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque, Selene tours internationally and performs regularly with the undisputed Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese. Selene is probably best known for her role in Lionsgate’s feature, My Bloody Valentine 3D, and her role as Margaret Cho‘s assistant in VH1′s The Cho Show – a performance that landed her a nomination for MTV LOGO’s NewNowNext: Brink of Fame: Comic Award. To date, Selene has written and performed six original one-woman shows, most recently Born to Be Alive, produced by the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center. Selene’s stand-up comedy has led her to work alongside comedy legends Roseanne Barr and Robin Williams. Selene’s most celebrated stand-up comedy credit has been regularly opening for Margaret Cho.

Saturday
Feb282015

Call Answered: Katie Buchanan: Glow + Arlene's Grocery Release Concert

"Call Me Adam" chats with rising singer/songwriter Katie Buchanan about her debut full-length album GLOW and album release concert at Arlene's Grocery (95 Stanton Street) in NYC both on March 3. Showtime is 9pm! Click here for tickets!

For more on Katie be sure to visit http://www.katiebuchanan.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud!

1. On March 3, you are releasing your first full length album, GLOW. What excites you about this album? On a purely personal level, this is the first piece I’ve put out that I have no regrets over. No "well that’s good but this could be better..." I’m sure I’ll get there—self-doubt is life blood of singer/songwriters everywhere. But for now I’m pretty darn happy with it.

Katie Buchanan performing at CHARGEDfm2. What do you hope people come away with after listening to GLOW? I hope people come away from GLOW feeling lighter. People keep calling it "uplifting," which I think is kind of hilarious. The lyrics are pretty transparently about death. But that’s partly why I was so focused on making the tracks feel good outside of the song content, you have to pad musings on mortality somehow. And hopefully that feeling can extend beyond the record. So maybe "uplifting" is right.

3. What made now the right time to release your debut full length album? This sounds like a line, but it was the right time to release an album because there was an album to release. I had planned to follow up the last EP with a string of singles. Then five or six tracks go by and I realize it might be something a little more. It was such a quick process that I didn’t have much time to think about it as a "DEBUT full length," which ended up being so freeing.

4. You are celebrating this release with a concert at Arlene's Grocery in NYC on March 3. What are you looking forward to about performing at this famed NYC landmark? Why did you choose Arlene's Grocery as the venue you wanted to have your album release concert? The thing about being a NYC musician is that half the venues are already famed and half of them will be (eh, maybe a third of them, let’s go with a third). So it kind of takes the edge off of "LANDMARK." Or at least that what I keep telling myself. But aside from Arlene’s deserved place in the history books, it’s still a really current venue with a good room that sounds good and is run by good people. Sometimes it’s that simple. Also they’re totally down with loud. Loud is essential for a Katie Buchanan release show.

Katie Buchanan performing, Photo credit: Laura Rietz5. What do you enjoy most about performing live? I’m a total hermit when making a record. Before it goes off to be mixed and mastered, no one else touches it. So playing it live is like discovering the songs all over again. I’m blessed to play with really amazing musicians (Christian Nourijanian, Goh Izawa, and Lauren Falls) who take the tracks and make them their own. So the audience gets something representative of the record, but also something fresh and new.

6. For someone who has never seen you perform or really know your music, why should they purchase GLOW and/or come to your concert at Arlene's Grocery? Because it’s good. (Honestly, I totally typed that as a joke, because: holy narcissism Batman. But you know what, I’m leaving it. Stand behind your product, I say!)

But also it’s going to be a genuinely fun night. I asked two of my favorite NYC bands, The Nepotist and Raye, to join the bill and they said yes. And there will definitely be a whole slew of glow in the dark stuff flying around. You don’t put out an album called GLOW and not play into it.

Plus my reputation for whiskey drinking and bad jokes is there for a reason.

Katie Buchanan7. What is your favorite part of the creative process in putting an album together? When it comes right down to it, I’m mainly a songwriter. I’m completely addicted to the feeling of finally finding the prefect line. And putting an album together feels a lot like that. So much of it is chasing random whims and finding new sounds and surprising yourself. It’s a big part of the reason I chose to work alone on the creative half of this record. I was completely free to chase any idea. I’m not quite evolved enough as a person to do that collaboratively.

8. Who or what inspired you to become a singer/songwriter? I was born into long line of musicians. My grandfather put a fiddle in my hand when I was four. So music got me early, I didn’t really have much choice in the matter. Not that I mind, starting at such a young age has been an invaluable gift. Plus, I have far too much to say (see: this interview) to ever be a non-singer/songwriter musician.

Katie Buchanan9. What is the best advice you've ever received? Always leave them wanting more via my grandfather via the world. I’m finally getting that right on a record (GLOW is only about 32 minutes). Still working on it otherwise (see: again, this interview).

10. What have you learned about yourself from being a singer/songwriter? This is one of those questions I never quite know how to answer since I don’t really know what it’s like to not be a singer/songwriter. I literally don’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing, when I wasn’t singing. It’s as much part of my DNA as my DNA.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. If you could have any super power, which one would you choose? Teleportation. The magic kind, not the science-fiction kind because that theory is way too morbid.

12. If you could create your own signature drink, what would you call it and what ingredients would you put in it? I would call it whiskey. It would be whiskey.

Katie Buchanan, Photo Credit: Lexi LambrosMore on Katie:

Originally from Kansas, singer-songwriter Katie Buchanan explores a vein of subtle guitar pop steeped in Americana and heartbreak. She plays around New York rock clubs, drinks too much whiskey, and combines Midwest honesty with the directness that accompanies living in the city. Obsessively prolific, she will be releasing her newest LP, titled Glow, out March 3rd. Her first single, "Honey Don’t," is an intense kernel of pop that combines pristine guitars and synths with Katie’s smoky, cracking voice. The result is a deep sense of longing and catharsis – less an update of her sound than a deepening and strengthening of what makes Katie unique.