Summerfest in Milwaukee, July 2018. image by Ty Helbach Photography

Summerfest in Milwaukee, July 2018. image by Ty Helbach Photography

 
 

Greetings from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin…

What Am I Doing Now?

After an amazingly full performance schedule last summer, I am now concentrating on my songwriting and guitar playing. I am also currently writing a blues music score for a documentary film which will be released Spring 2019. And creating new songs for a full album production with my band The Troublemakers. I have found some amazing musicians to work with and find the Mid-West loves the Blues! I am happily living in Door County in Sturgeon Bay and am part of a songwriting collaborative where songwriters meet 3 times a year to write, record and perform the songs written in a cool retro renovated motel called The Holiday Music Motel. In February it’s called Love On Holiday, in June it’s Steelbridge Songfest and in October it’s Dark Songs.

I host a WRiTERS NiGHT at the Tambourine Lounge every Thursday from 7-9pm, we gather and share our songs, poetry, stories in a groovy environment.

After almost 20 years in New York City and most of my life on the east coast (except for the ’90’s when I lived in France), to find myself in Wisconsin has been an incredible life changing decision..

Check out Steelbridge radio, it’s an online radio station (and now there is a wonderful App- IOS devices and Android), where all content is written and recorded at the Holiday Music Motel. in over 13 years that’s a lot of music. It’s a rarity and shouldn’t be a secret, that’s why I’m telling you. I am proud to be one of the artists in this eclectic and talented group of songwriters. With pAt macdonald of timbuk3 and Purgatory Hill fame (with melaniejane) and Jackson Browne involved in the mix. I can't tell you how strange in many ways it is being so far away from NYC, and yet am happily involved in a unique songwriting music scene. Music especially the Blues, is thriving in Wisconsin.

Musically I am feeling stronger than ever and am stretching out more comfortably into my blues guitar soloing ability. I competed (hate competitions but ...) in the 2017 Paramount Music Association Blues Challenge, and won People's Choice and Solo Artist which gave me the ability to compete in the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, TN last January. It was such an amazing experience.

Some people still refer to me as NYCSubwayGirl for my years of performing in the train stations and subways of NYC. I intend to keep NYCSubwayGirl.com as a resource for buskers in NYC and beyond and hope people will enjoy discovering some of the amazing people and other performers whom I met and filmed as I performed in the Music Under New York Program. I so miss performing in the Music Under New York Program especially Tim Higginbotham who was such an incredible rock for me throughout the years. Music in public spaces around the world, are currently finding new audiences and thanks to social media, a wonderful support for this art form.

You can always join my e-news list, or follow my calendar at Cathy Grier.com

And if you know of a venue you think would like to have me perform please send me an email.

Warmly,

Cathy Grier

Sturgeon Bay, WI

January 2019