Hangtown Music Festival Main Stage Set on the Live Music Archive!

Hello fine folks!  It’s been a wonderful beginning of November. Looking back on October, I had a blast playing so many fun shows, with the band and in other formats too. Hangtown Music Festival was a major highlight of the year thus far. It is such a wonderful and welcoming festival and I reconnected with so many lovely friends. If you missed it or want to reminisce with me, check out a live recording from our set on the Main Stage on Friday:


And come join us at some upcoming shows if you’re nearby. Shows listed below…  I want to remind Sacto friends that the KGB is back at the Torch Club in Sacramento this Saturday (tomorrow)! West Marin and Healdsburg next week. And we’ll be back at the HopMonk in Sebastopol on December 3rd! Also at Slim’s in San Francisco on January 28th!!

Check the “shows” page for up-to-date show info and you can also find us on Facebook.

Stay tuned and tune in 🙂

Have a wonderful November and Thanksgiving too!

As always, thank you for all of your support and music-loving awesomeness!

Kindly, Kate

Kate’s Birthday July 23 in Berkeley

Happy Summer everybody!

Most of you are either enjoying the heat or beating the heat…but not me. I’m bundled up trying to stay warm and cozy amidst the fog here on the San Francisco Coastside. Temperatures are in the 50s/60s foggy and windy and chilly! So I’m extra excited for these July gigs that are nearby and in the sunny warm weather, only 30 minutes away. Ahh, the beauty and the curse of the Bay Area microclimates. It’s amazing how different the weather can be, only a couple miles away from the ocean.

July is a special month for me…it’s the month I was born 🙂 I’m usually not big on making a to-do about my birthday but I realized I have’t played a show on my birthday since the Blue Lamp in Sacramento in 2008. I believe it was that year and it was a really fun one with “the one night band” – So when my friend and fellow songstress, Maggie Forti, asked me to play an intimate theater show on Saturday July 23rd, I wasn’t sure at first if I wanted to play on my birthday. Then I thought, what better way to celebrate my birthday than with good friends and good music in a beautiful intimate theater in Berkeley. She Asked, I Said Yes! And I just remembered I spent my birthday last year in Berkeley too. I went to the Willie Nelson concert at the Greek Theatre. So this year, I’m sticking to the theme of a musical birthday celebration…this time, I’ll be singing my own songs, and singing on Maggie’s tunes during a songwriters-in-the-round show at The Monkey House Theater. We also have my fellow bandmate, Jeff Miller joining us on his fantastic guitar, also singing a few of his own original tunes, as well as drummer Dale Fanning accompanying us on percussion. We’ll be swapping songs and sharing stories and having a grand ole time. The Monkey House is an intimate listening room with great acoustics and I am so excited to spend my birthday making music with my friends! Come join us for a special evening…Sacramento folks, you don’t even have to cross the bridge, so come on over!

We are also playing a few other gigs this month too…KGB Trio, with Jeff Miller, David Russ and myself, is back at the Spicy Vines Tasting Room in Healdsburg tomorrow, July 16th. Plus Jeff Miller and I will return to the Terrapin Crossroads bar, playing as a duo for a Sunday 4:20 happy hour show on July 24th.

I am so happy to be in this world playing music with my friends!

CD Orders! Nothing new yet, but…

I am working on getting a new pressing of “The Coachman” album in the next month. “The New Then” is also out of print, so I will be getting those pressed, as well. If you or anyone you know would like to reserve a copy, please reply with your name and email and we’ll let you know as soon as they are ready. I hope to have them for sale at shows as soon as possible. Sorry I’ve run out and need more stat…do people still want CDs or are you more into digital downloads these days? You can purchase digital downloads at CDBaby and ITunes if that’s your preference. “The Coachman” can be found at www.cdbaby.com/kategaffney3 and “The New Then” at www.cdbaby.com/kategaffney2

Stay tuned for more KGB shows and Just Kate shows and everything in between…We are getting more tunes and gigs together in the coming months and I can’t wait to let you know where else we’ll be playing!

Thanks for supporting live music and for keeping in touch, even if you’re far away. If you want to see some smiling happy people making music and dancing the night away, check out the gallery page on www.kategaffney.com/#gallery for some fun pictures from our last couple of shows! Thanks Anne Cutler for capturing the moments in photos!

Keep an eye on the website for calendar updates. Find us on Facebook too!

That’s all for now, folks…I hope you enjoy your warm summer weather and please send me a ray of sunshine every once in a while!

Hope to see you soon!


Just Kate – Clifford Antone



Heading into this weekend’s solo acoustic gigs, I fondly recall a moment in my early days playing music. It was the fall of 2003. I had spent a few years in California, leaving my early career as a social worker, learning to write songs and perform on stage, connecting with wonderful friends who inspired and encouraged me to find my voice, find my way. Needing a change, longing for family support, I left California to return to my hometown of Philadelphia. Along the way, I took a journey, with no goals in mind, except to play every open mic I could find and busk on any block I could along the way…and to make it back home by Christmas. At this point, I was going by the name “Just Kate” – I hadn’t figured out who I was musically or even personally, so the name worked for me. I also hadn’t heard of the sit-com “Will and Grace” until my friends back home told me, “You can’t use that name, don’t you know about Just Jack?” Nope, I hadn’t, I wasn’t watching much TV and I really didn’t care 🙂 Back to the road… I stopped in Austin for a couple of months. It was there that I found a place busting at the seams with more music than I could consume (and it wasn’t SXSW), it was November, I was enamored. I played a bunch of open mics, I busked on the streets. One day I was busking on South Congress, I think it was First Thursday. I remember I was playing “Waves of Today” – a song I had written only a few weeks before I left California.  A man walked up, eating a hot dog, and intently listened to my playing. All of a sudden, a crowed formed around me, and as I realized later, because he was listening.  They all listened to me singing.  The man came up to me and said, “You are really great! Did you write that song? You really have what it takes to make it in music. If Stevie Ray Vaughan could make it, you can make it. What’s your name? “Just Kate”! That’s a great name, I love it!” I was humbled and blown away by his comments and had no clue who this mystery man was. He said his name was Clifford Antone, but again, not only had I not been watching much TV, I was only beginning to learn about this crazy business called music. In fact, the business of it hadn’t even occurred to me yet. It was a lifestyle and a love for me, all for the music. If only I could go back to that innocent time. Mr. Antone asked me to come to Ruta Maya where he would get me up on stage for a tweener set during Miss Carolyn Wonderland’s show.  I obliged and sure enough, he kept his word. Between my busking and making my way to Ruta Maya, I learned who this man really was. He told me if I stayed in Austin he would do anything in his power to help me. I thanked him and told him I had to keep going, to find my way, and that I’d be back if his offer was still there when I returned. He said, “Yes, God help me if I’m still here.”  A few weeks later, I hit the road, keeping my word  to return to my home and feel the roots. I fared Mr. Antone well and promised to keep in touch. We spoke a few times on the phone and I saw him two years later when I was touring through Austin.  I always thought I’d make it back and take him up on his encouragement to live in Austin and make a career there as a professional musician.  On May 23, 2006, I heard of his passing. It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since then. Clifford Antone will always hold a tender place in my heart and my musicianship. He was a supportive friend and I will always remember his encouraging words that day on South Congress. When I play solo, I honor him and wonder if he’s eating a hot dog and listening to me sing my songs from his great mansion in the sky. These gigs are for you, Clifford Antone, thank you for helping me to find my way!
– Just Kate