Katie Webster - Deluxe Edition
Stomping solo piano to horn-driven R&B, in Katie's glorious bayou style. Guest Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray. Includes "I'm Bad," "Love Deluxe," "Sea Of Love" plus two previously unreleased songs. Remastered in 20-bit audio, with new photos and mini-poster.
Katie Webster, vocal, piano and organ with
Kim Wilson (2),
Vasti Jackson (6)
Vasti Jackson (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11),
Robert Cray (2),
Bonnie Raitt (13),
Anson Funderburgh (12)
Kim Wilson (13)
Gus Thornton (1, 4, 6, 10, 11),
Raphael Semmes (3, 5, 8)
Gerald Warren (1, 4, 6, 10, 11),
Morris Jennings (3, 5, 8)
Silent Partners: (2, 7, 9, 13, 15)
Andrew Jones, Guitar
Russell Jackson, Bass
Tony Coleman, Drums
The Paladins: (12)
Dave Gonzales, Guitar
Thomas Yearsley, Bass
Scott Campbell, Drums
Joe Sublett (12)
The Memphis Horns: (2, 6, 9)
Wayne Jackson, Trumpet and Trombone
Andrew Love, Tenor Sax
Tracks 1, 4, 6, 10, 11 & 14 produced by Katie Webster, Bruce Iglauer, Vasti Jackson and Ice Cube Slim at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL, 1989. Additional recording at Kiva Studios, Memphis, TN.
Tracks 2, 7, 9, 13 & 15 produced by Bruce Iglauer and Ice Cube Slim at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL, 1988. Additional recording at Sunnyside Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Jasper Sound Studio, Austin, TX; and Digital Recorders, Nashville, TN.
Tracks 3, 5 & 8 produced by Katie Webster, Vasti Jackson, Bruce Iglauer and Ice Cube Slim at Streeterville Studios, Chicago, IL, 1991.
Track 12 produced by Kim Wilson at Arlyn Studios, Austin, TX, 1988.
Engineers: Justin Niebank (2, 7, 9, 13, 15); Jay Shilliday (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15); David Axelbaum (2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15); Stuart Sullivan (12)
Additional engineering by Bill Dashiell, Gordan Garrison and Tom Singers (2, 7, 9, 13, 15); Pat Taylor and Greg Archilla (1, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14); David Brickson (3, 5, 8)
Assistants: David Brickson and Skip Burzumato (1, 4, 6, 10, 11, 14); Steve Frisk (2, 7, 9, 13, 15)
Mixers: Jay Shilliday (2, 7, 9, 13); David Axelbaum (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15)
Additional mixing by David Brickson (3, 5, 8)
Deluxe Edition Series produced by Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer and David Forte
Design by David Forte
Essay by Bruce Iglauer
Cover photo by Lisa Seifert
Back book and back inlay photo by Michael Mercanti
Inside inlay photo by Stuart Brinin
KATIE WEBSTER is what she's called, but Katie Webster is more than a Louisiana bayou piano player. She's a mistress of blues, boogie woogie, soul and ballads; a singer with a deeply gospel-influenced style and a songwriter of blues classics full of down-home wisdom.
Her roots are in the gospel music that her preacher father and religious mother insisted that she play while growing up in Houston. But in the '50s, the sounds of blues, R&B and early rock 'n' roll were inescapable. When her parents were away, the young Katie was playing "the Devil's music," pounding out blues and boogies, developing a rock-solid left hand and a romping right.
By the time she was a teenager, Katie had won a coveted position as the piano player on almost every important blues and proto-rock record that came out of the studios of Southwest Louisiana. She sparked the records of Clifton Chenier, Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Phil Phillips (the original Sea Of Love ) and her future labelmate Lonnie Brooks, then known as Guitar Junior.
By the early '60s, Katie was headlining the Bamboo Club in Lake Charles, packing the club with her vast repertoire of everything from the most traditional blues to current R&B hits. It was there that she was spotted by Otis Redding, who insisted that she join his road band the very next day. Otis became one of her dearest friends. It was only because of Katie's advanced pregnancy that she didn't accompany Otis on his final, fatal tour. But Redding's death was such an emotional blow to her that she retired from music and moved to the Bay Area to take care of her ailing parents.
After almost a decade, she was coaxed out of retirement to tour Europe as a soloist, where she became a sensation. She returned to Europe nearly 30 times in the next few years, cutting albums for a number of small labels.
Katie's manager, the equally flamboyant Ice Cube Slim, teamed Katie with Alligator Records, and she came to Chicago for the last three records of her career. For the Swamp Boogie Queen sessions she brought the Silent Partners. On Two Fisted Mama, she teamed with guitarist/arranger/songwriter Vasti Jackson, who became her close friend and bandleader. Together they stormed the blues festival and club circuit, winning Katie a whole new generation of American fans.
Katie was felled by a stroke in 1993. She lost some of the use of her left hand and almost all her eyesight, but her magnificent voice and her wonderful right hand are still in good shape, and she and Vasti make occasional festival appearances together. She lives quietly in Texas but her recorded legacy still speaks loud and clear.
THE SWAMP BOOGIE QUEEN
The Queen is crowned, and Robert Cray, Kim Wilson, Anson Funderburgh and other friends attend the coronation! Includes Somebody's On Your Case (duet with Bonnie Raitt), Black Satin, more.
TWO FISTED MAMA!
Katie returns with Vasti Jackson and The Memphis Horns. "One saucy pianist-vocalist who knows how to dish it out." ROLLING STONE. Includes Red Negligee, Pussycat Moan, more.
"A fiery dose of barrelhouse bravado...Upbeat, downhome energy." CD REVIEW.
C. J. Chenier guests. Includes Those Lonely, Lonely Nights (with Lonnie Brooks), I'm Bad, more.
THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
AL 107/8 (double CD)
Live Two Fisted Mama, Pussycat Moan, Lord, I Wonder and Those Lonely, Lonely Nights, plus great performances by Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, more.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS CHRISTMAS COLLECTION
Katie Decks The Halls With Boogie Woogie on this holiday offering! "Superb...an ideal stocking filler." BLUES & RHYTHM. Also features Charles Brown, "Gatemouth" Brown, 11 more.