Welcome to a new series on Belles and Gals where Nick Cantwell (twitter.com/nickbelles_gals) will be highlighting some of the very best acts on the UK country music scene, casting an eye over their music and chatting to the artists too. The series continues today with the wonderful Katee Kross!
The last few years have seen a fantastic rise for Katee Kross, a singer songwriter based in Bishopbriggs near Glasgow. Katee, and her band the Amberjaxx, have released three self-funded albums, the latest of which was ‘Body and Soul’, an album that garnered the ollowing comment from Maverick magazine – ‘“The Amberjax and Katee Kross’ voice fuse together brilliantly to create simply excellent and staggering album.”
There’s been a buzz about Katee for a while and even though I’m based in the south of England, Katee’s name crops up in many ‘best of British’ conversations and when you listen to her music you can see why! Katee has played some great Scottish venues, notably ‘King Tut’s’ in Glasgow and she has also famously played Wembley Stadium when she was invited up to the stage by Seastick Steve. I caught up with Katee this week for a chat about all things 2019!
Hi Katee, 2018 was a big year for you with the release of your third album ‘Body and Soul’ – a fantastic album! Do you have a favourite track from the album when you play live, or is that like asking someone who their favourite child is?
2018 was a huge year for myself and The Amberjax. We are so happy to hear that you think our third album is fantastic, Thanks so much! Its hard to pick a favourite from the album but I do really love playing Body & Soul and Shadow Falls live.
There’s an amazing country scene in Scotland right now. What is it about the country that produces such talented musicians? And how would you say your nationality influences your own music?
I think the country scene in Scotland is growing arms and legs at the moment. I think we have so many amazing musicians to look up to and help influence our music. I was born in Scotland and I was and still am influenced by people like Dougie MacLean, Karien Polwart, Amy McDonald and Frankie Miller, but in a wider British sense very much influenced by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and modern day people like Ward Thomas, Catherine McGrath and Scotland’s own Raintown and Ashton Lane.
Tell us about your band, ‘The Amberjax’!
The Amberjax are my band, we are a five piece band. We like to say the ‘core’ of Katee Kross and the Amberjax are myself, Ross Barron (lead guitar) and Tommy McGuire (acoustic guitar and backing vocals). Myself Ross and Tommy all met through gigging around in Glasgow and soon became good friends, we all work at my parents music school in Bishopbriggs so it was just natural that we all came together as a band. We have session drummers and bassists that we often play with but the face of the band are the three of us.
Katee Kross and Ross Barron Performing ‘For I Would’ for HebCelt’s Living Room Live Sessions
To finish, tell us what Katee Kross has in store for 2019?
2019 is going to be another huge year for Katee Kross and The Amberjax!! We are going on a week long tour in Germany in July when we come home from tour we have two days rest and then head up to Tiree for the Tiree Music Festival, we are also taking part in Country on the Clyde on the 10th March and are heading down to London for brand a new festival in June! We have so many festivals to play this year but are totalling buzzing for it. We are releasing a new EP on the 1st of March along with a new music video! We are also releasing our fourth album at the end of the year. It’ll be a very busy year but we can’t wait.
Katee Kross and the Amberjax performing at King Tuts
Katee’s upcoming tour dates
Katee Kross Social Links
Title photo credit – Brant Adam