Kathleen Hart was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 11. She soaked up the vibrant, vital music coming out of the Motor City in the early 1960s including that of Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and Motown artists like Gladys Knight. Likewise, the great women blues, R&B and rock singers of the era such as Maggie Bell, Bonnie Bramlett and Genya Raven also influenced her to just up and audition for a heavy metal band in 1968. She scored the gig but shortly thereafter ran off to Chicago for the siren call of the hardcore blues influenced by everyone from Koko Taylor to Muddy Waters, Denise LaSalle and Irma Thomas. She came back briefly to Detroit in 1972 to record the single “Syncopated Love” for Stag Records and later to join band alumnis of Bob Seger and Ted Nugent.
Kate’s voice is mature and emotive. She’s capable of considerable range and never fails to convince you she’s into the songs she’s singing. The blues are alive and well and Kate Hart proves the genre has a future as well.
– Alan Bechtold, Online Digital Music Review
Grammy Nominated for Best World Music
Who is she? Well, it’s kind of a secret, but we can tell you the following. Unusual, weird, ethnic, worldbeat, shades of David Byrnes and Frank Zappa….all this from a mysterious Seattle transplant in world/alternative music, named Lucy Mongrel. You will hear African, Cuban, Brazilian and Spanish rhythms filter through the music of Lucy and her group of musicians, music which they choose to call Mongrel Music. Come on and hang over the musical ledge and howl to the weird tunes written by the full moon.