With sultry, mesmerizing vocals, engaging songwriting talent, and fiery slide guitar work, Kara Grainger boasts an impressive set of skills. This Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist may evoke comparisons to Bonnie Raitt, but she bears a style all her own, a relentlessly seductive,distinctly modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
New Album Release May 18…Kara is very excited to announce her latest studio recording entitled “Living With Your Ghost”, which is due for release May 18th 2018. The album was co-produced by the incredibly talented The Anders Osborne, who also lends his incredibly soulful guitar and vocal skills to the project. The recording also features Ivan Neville from “DumpstaFunk”, Dave Monsey on bass and the world renowned drummer JJ Johnson, who also is a staple member of the Tedeschi Trucks band.The CD was recorded in Austin Texas at Wire Recording Studio, and also features the Texas horns.
Some people just have music running through their veins. kara’s music journey has taken her all around the globe. From her inner city beginnings in the town of Balmain, Sydney Australia, she’s since performed and toured in Japan, Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Germany, the Uk and the US where shes currently based. Her soulful vocals and unique style of slide guitar has caught the attention of many well renowned artists, she’s opened the show for Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy ,Johnny Lang , Taj Mahal, Marc Cohen and Eric Johnson to name a few.
At the age of 16 Kara Joined with her brother Mitch to form the band “Papa Lips”. The band regularly toured the sunny east coast of Australia and received national radio play. In 2008 Kara signed to Australian label “Craving Records” with whom Kara released her debut recording ” Grand and Green River”. The recording was co produced in the US with David Kalish and remained in the top 30 of the Americana Charts for 38 straight weeks.
Since then she has made two further albums whilst residing in the US. Her second recording ”LA Blues” was performed live at Studio City Sound and engineered by producer Tom Weir. The recording paid tribute to some of Kara’s earliest blues inspirations. In 2013 kara recorded and released “Shiver and Sigh” through Los Angeles record label “Eclecto Groove.” The album was produced by grammy award winning producer David Z and featured some of LA’s finest musicians including Mike Finnigan, Hutch Hutchinson, James Gadson and Kirk Fletcher among others.
In 2012 she toured Japan with “The Swampers and Donnie Fritts”, the infamous house Rhythm section for “Fame Recordings” in Muscle Shoals…She has taken her band to Switzerland where she performed at the “Sierre Blues Festival” as well as “Lucerne”. The band has also toured in Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Canada and Spain.. In 2015 Kara performed at the “Beautiful swamp Festival” in Calais France and also to sell out crowds on her debut tour of the Uk. One of the highlights was performing at “Ronnie Scotts”, London’s premier blues and jazz venue. 2018 will see Kara returning to to tour the Uk for a third time.
In the US Kara has performed at several major Festivals such as The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival’, Austin City Limits and Blues from the Top’ in Colorado where she is once again returning to perform in June of this year. Her new record release will have Kara and her band touring throughout the states this summer, and also internationally to Canada, Australia and the UK.
But the highlight was Aussie soul slinger Kara Grainger, her groove-rooted sound, mean slide guitar and sultry vocals melting hearts and minds, a true delight to see”. – Zaki Zufri, Timbre Rock & Roots Fest
“I love Kara’s voice! She has that rare quality that evokes a distant warm memory and connects you with her personally as well as musically. A fantastic guitar player and beautiful songs! A treat to work with.”- Anders Osborne