Katie Barbato is currently in the studio working on her 10th album “The Trail of Us”. The album will feature 14 tracks with production and engineering by multi-instrumentalist Brett William Kull (Grey Eye Glances, Echolyn). Katie is a three-time finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. She has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and she is a regularly featured artist on WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania’s public radio station. In addition to releasing her own music, Barbato composes music for TV and film, such as the theme she wrote for the movie Sugar, starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman. Her song “Magical Ending” was recently featured in the Netflix drama “Yankee”, the MTV series “Busch Family Brewed”, and several of her songs have been featured on the Australian television show “Neighbours”.
Katie has shared the stage with Lucy Wainwright Roche, Mutlu, Shawn Mullins, Melissa Ferrick, Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, Citizen Cope with Meshell Ndegeocello, Ginger Coyle, Liz Longley, Danielle Miraglia, Rise Twain, Darlingside, Mckain Lakey, and Liz Cooper and the Stampede.
“It’s a work of beauty all around, evocative of just the sort of reflective songwriting and artistry that we could never get enough from out of those like Barbato.” -For Folk’s Sake
“The Philadelphia native has been cultivating her unique style of twangy, heartfelt, socially aware folk rock since she migrated from Boston a few years back. Her sound is fully formed and wonderfully nuanced, like a mystic lovechild of Jeff Tweedy and Gillian Welch. She combines the purity of the latter of with the offbeat Sky Blue Sky-era country of Wilco, striking a delicate balance between self-effacement and deeply meaningful songwriting. I guess a spoon full of sugar does help the medicine go down…” The Vinyl District
Jeremy Beck & Brett Kull are Rise Twain.
One of the many musical endeavors by Brett, including work with Grey Eye Glances and Echolyn, music for film and video. Brett Kull is a musician, producer, engineer and teacher.
Says Kull: "I’ve had the good fortune of working with some people that have pulled me out of musical ditches and led me into new areas of creating, listening, and thinking about music. These folks remind me of my first worldly formative years when an older family member or acquaintance would point to that cool poster on the wall, or pop on an album and say, “you’ve gotta check this out!” Those moments were like stepping into the wardrobe leading to Narnia.
Despite the countless times I’ve hit the record button…I still feel those powerful moments of newness and wonder when I hear a cool musical change, or hear an artist tap into the great flow of uninhibited creation. It is in those moments that I realize I still have so much to learn."