If an artist is known by the company they keep, then Kate York is destined to be known as a great singer/songwriter. Her first album, Sadlylove, which will be released in early 2005, was produced by Neilson Hubbard (The Strays) and includes guest vocals from such luminaries as Mindy Smith, Matthew Ryan, Mack Starks and Neilson Hubbard. Indeed, the musicians who contributed to the project read like a who's who of the Nashville underground: John Deaderick (Dixie Chicks, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris), Brian Bequette (Garrison Starr, Matthew Ryan), Kenny Hutson (Vigilantes of Love, Julie Lee), Jason Wilkins (Josh Rouse, Garrison Starr, Neilson Hubbard), Jeff Patterson (Garrison Starr, Nelison Hubbard, Mack Starks), Clay Steakley (Matthew Ryan), and Craig Krampf (Son Volt, Warren Zevon, The Church) all lent their considerable talents to help Kate create her captivating and gorgeous debut.
After working in post-production in Hollywood, CA, for a year, York moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue a career as a recording engineer. She landed a job working on Music Row, but soon decided she liked writing songs better than recording them. Then a year of writing and co-writing for other local artists convinced her that she should try her hand as a singer/songwriter rather than exclusively penning songs for others. After seeing York perform at 12th and Porter in Nashville, Hubbard approached her and offered to produce some songs. Together they recorded six songs in the fall of 2003 and six more in the summer of 2004.
Paste Records released four of those songs, as well as a cover of The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry," for an EP that was released in November 2004. The follow-up full-length, Sadlylove, will be released in late 2005. York played at SXSW 2003 in Neilson Hubbard's band and returned in 2004 for the BMI acoustic round-up. She's currently honing her craft and winning fans with opening slots for renowned artists such as Patty Griffin, Kathleen Edwards, Shawn Colvin, Mindy Smith, Trent Dabbs, Jonatha Brooke, Matthew Ryan and Garrison Starr. Good company indeed—