The Coachman, a record that has garnered national raves, was produced by Barrie Maguire (The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, Amos Lee). The Coachman includes contributions from several esteemed musicians, including Steve Kimock, Greg Leisz, Jackie Greene, Andrew Lipke and The Innocent Criminals. Leaving her career as a social worker in 2002, Gaffney began to perform and write alongside local artists, while soaking in the Americana music scene that was flourishing in Sacramento at the time. She hit the road and returned to her native East Coast, where she independently released two albums, Highways and The New Then. Her regular touring led Kate to Austin, TX where she met even more of “the good people” in music. Most notably, Gaffney was befriended by the late Clifford Antone, Austin’s music mogul, who gave her the validation to keep on with her musical calling. Gaffney spent recent years immersed in the Philadelphia music scene, quickly becoming a standout favorite in the city’s top venues. A permanent return to the west coast was only a matter of time for Gaffney. Kate forever calls both coasts home, but it is in the West that she regained her musical roots and brought her throwback but contemporary sound to the forefront. Music lovers that span many genres have been reaping the rewards ever since!
Kate Gaffney steps forward with her classic rock/blues/americana-infused contemporary songwriting with a well-crafted six-song EP. With a rich, smokey voice and a stellar backing band, Kate has made her mark on the Philadelphia songwriting scene.
Folkadelic rock n roll, throwback to the 60s and 70s but with a modern sound all rolled into one. Honest and emotional lyrics, songs of growth and experience. Music of today. Rooted in yesterday’s sweet sounds.