Kate Maki is a hardy country type of pioneer woman. Her guitar picking rhythm is like a drum, and she can belt out, even when she is quiet, like a storm. Her songs represent a real natural talent for writing tunes that feel like a friend you’ve never met, but that you’ve known forever. Born and raised in Sudbury, Maki has has received much critical acclaim for the six records she has released since quitting her day job as a grade school teacher in 2003. She has toured extensively in North America with folks like Giant Sand and the Great Lake Swimmers, her songs have been placed in films and TV shows including Weirdsville and Hard Rock Medical, and her voice can be heard on records by Howe Gelb and Matt Mays.
Maki’s most recent release, Head In The Sand, was recorded and mixed at home in Copper Cliff with her husband and audio scientist, Fred Squire. Despite small basement quarters, the couple managed to create a most compelling and expansive sounding record using a 70s eight track tape machine, an 80s mixing console, a few decent microphones, and a borrowed spring reverb unit. Friend and master timekeeper, Nathan Lawr, played drums on the majority of the record, steering the songs in new and engaging directions. Maki and Squire played the rest of the instruments themselves whenever they could afford the time between raising their two young children and Squire’s hectic university schedule. By keeping the arrangements sparse, and embracing a standard rock formation of guitars, bass, drums, and occasional organ or piano, they allowed Maki’s captivating vocals to become the focal point. Written mostly in 2009 during a tempestuous time for Maki, the songs examine prevailing matters of the human condition, including infidelity, defeat, loneliness, acceptance, and atonement.