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Katie Trautz’s new album ‘Passage’ is a collection of original music written over the past decade, with echoes of Honky-tonk, Appalachian music, and modern Americana that give the album an eclectic and creative sound. ‘Passage’ includes songs accompanied by country-style guitar, dobro, ethereal harmony, and a warm, steady rhythm section. The musicianship is excellent, bringing a cohesive and creative sound to the studio. Katie’s musical compadres include Michael Chorney, Rob Morse, Dan Davine, Asa Brosius, Mike Roberts, Julia Wayne and Will Andrews.
On her solo recording, Trautz does her mentor proud and really shines as a vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter. Her fiddling is full of old-timey swing, her five-string banjo playing leisurely, and her alto voice confident and full of emotion. Julia Wayne guests on a few tracks, as do other Trautz bandmates, including Nate Gusakov, Noah Hahn, Pete Sutherland and Mike Roberts. Social Band member Jeff Fellinger and East Montpelier jack-of-all-trades Colin McCaffrey add harmonies on the closing hymn, “Titles.” Impeccable recording, mixing and mastering on the disc come courtesy of studio Colin McCaffrey.