Since 2005, Michigan-based singer songwriter Kate Peterson has toured across this country and Europe with her folk duo, Nervous but Excited, sharing stages with artists like Ani Difranco, Iron and Wine, Utah Phillips, Ben Gibbard, Catie Curtis and Cheryl Wheeler. Since 2012 when NBE wrapped up their 8-year run, Kate has stuck closer to home, and with that free time has continued to develop her individual sound – a more soul-inspired folk – with influences ranging from Motown to Patty Griffin. She has also begun playing piano and performing with her wife Leah, on harmonies.
The roots of her music are still planted firmly in the Pleasantly Aggressive Folk sound that never fails long time fans. The cool rasp of Kate’s voice can fill up a room and tug on your heart at the same time. Of her vocals, The Northern Express explains “…you could almost swear you hear the same grainy whispers as Ray LaMontagne.” She approaches her sound with sailing melodies, a dash of percussion and a passion so genuine that it has worn through the wood of her guitar. New listeners to her performance should expect songs and stories of travels and trials that connect us all. The raw nature of her writing can leave you feeling a little exposed, but given her genuine yet dry wit, you will surely be tempered by a laugh or two.