Skull & Roses Wall of News, 12/21
Katie was born in Texas, raised in upstate NY, but has called Atlanta home since 16. She taught herself guitar by watching her dad play (then practicing on his Martin D-28 after he went to bed.) Her first musical loves were British: Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Who, Dire Straits, Elton. She saw her first Dead show in 1981. In that time, popular music felt synthetic, so she was drawn by Dead's rootsy authenticity - and the people who followed them. (You probably saw her dancing in the taper section, or bought one of her veggie sandwiches in the lot afterward!)
The Dead's music opened her up to a wider world of American music. As a player, Bob Weir's complex, jazz-based rhythms became an immediate obsession, and they continue to influence her style. Katie is known for her tight, syncopated rhythms and is frequently tapped for sessions and sit-ins.
Katie was a seminal member of the Atlanta jam scene as part of Apple Peru and the first incarnation of The Grapes. She plays in numerous bands, from acoustic Dead to New Orleans funk, but her primary band is Deep Blue Sun, who've been headlining throughout the south since 1999. Dead & Company's Oteil Burbridge, fellow Atlantan, has joined them on stage several times. She is a songwriter, hiker, biker, animal lover, and can make a mean pot of soup.