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Diving into silence, pure unprettified longing, baneful and melancholy, K.C. McKanzie has an
appreciation for the macabre, the offensive and the unusual. None of the heroes of her songs
is without a secret; not a single chord that couldn't be bent into soft dissonances. It's a hard but
honest tone in K.C. McKanzie's compositions.
  Her soft and clear voice floats wistful-folky on top of the music, and shows the way through
the musical landscapes that K.C. McKanzie (banjo, guitar, vocals,) creates with her partner
Joe "Budi" Budinsky (bass, banjo). They play without palliation – reducing their songs to the
essential substance of rhythm, melody and story.

The Press places K.C. McKanzie as "Neo-Traditional", deeply rooted in Folk and Roots-
Music while emphasizing that it is music that stands out from the masses.
K.C. McKanzie places herself somewhere between the English Folk of the 60s and 70s and
the Americana acoustic sound of today. Listening to K.C. McKanzie, one is reminded of
Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Gillian Welch.

The duo captures the audience live with their charming ways of dry humour and obvious
enjoyment in the music. K.C. McKanzie pays respect to her folk heroes hitting that
everlasting nail of John Henry into the rough, brittle wood.


Bio
It all started driving in a car when K.C. McKanzie was 15, "I sat next to my sister and the
radio played the song "The Weight" from "The Band". I knew from now on that this is the
sound. I wrote down the name of the Band on a napkin– still got the napkin but never bought
the record!"
At 17 K.C. McKanzie owned a brightly coloured guitar and only 5 records. "I listened to
Captain Beefheart and Tori Amos and believed that there's nothing else to know about
music." And then K.C. met Budi: "I discovered my first Bluegrass-record at Budi's record
collection:"Don Reno & Red Smiley" and my heart was bursting into a thousand pieces! After
I heard this sound, these songs I knew where I belonged."

Shortly afterwards K.C. McKanzie wrote her first songs and recorded her first album "Weird
Tunes From A Wild Mind" in 2004. The album was considered "promising" by the Press. The
Song "Son of the Devil" was also released on the Sampler "Sirens of Berlin" (featuring 17
female songwriters).
In 2006 K.C. McKanzie released "The Widow Tries To Hide" (BCB Records).
K.C. created a very own combination of Country and Folk.

On her new CD "Hammer & Nails" (t3records) K.C. McKanzie pushed her musical
boundaries a bit. She wrote 13 compositions of a brightness, depth and beauty, with strong
and timeless melodies. The listener is just captured and simply enchanted.
                                   Quotes K.C. McKanzie

If Leonard Cohen had a granddaughter, it could be this charming and intense artist, her album is such an absolute
pleasure!
5 out of 5 points                                     ZeitPunkt Magazine 05/08 (Volly Tanner)

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The primarily dark, sinister and coy songs of K.C. McKanzie are a far cry from stale repetition or traditional
purism, closer to new acoustic and British Folk.
K.C. sings in sepia-tones and the arrangements are appropriately sparse.

                            Rolling Stone 06/08 (W. Doebeling)
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With “Hammer & Nails” K.C. McKanzie has once again come out with a great album. An outstanding CD by a
young artist with an already well-established individual style. Essential!
6 out of 6 points
                                                                  Kulturwoche.at 05/08 (Manfred Horak)
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K.C. McKanzie once again impresses with first-class Folk music in excellent Singer/Songwriter-tradition: 13
songs full of depth, beauty and melancholy.
                                       Melodie und Rhythmus 05/08 (Stefan Gebhardt)


Perfect harmonies, bittersweet melodies with a great sense of reduction and even greater love of melancholy.
                                                                          TAZ 2.5.08 (Thomas Winkler)
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The 3rd CD in a traditionally orientated Roots-sound. K.C.‟s cool relaxed voice sounds like the ethereal Folk of
Sandy Denny, Joni Mitchell and Suzanne Vega.
“Hammer & Nails” will easily compete on the international scene.
                                                                    Glitterhouse 05/08 (Joe Whirlypop)
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Using well-measured doses of dissonance and delicate dramatics, K.C. McKanzie creates a depth that is often
missing in the Neo-Folk scene.
CD of the week                                cd-kritik.de 05/08 (Michael Frost)
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All fans of Gillian Welch should really listen to K.C. McKanzie!
                                  Westzeit 05/08 (um)
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K.C. McKanzie impresses again with an excellent collection of songs. With her pure, soft voice McKanzie
places decisive accents in wonderfully melancholic, minimally arranged songs.
The Duo captivates with delicate melodies. Outstanding tracks: “Wide awake” and “See, how you‟ve mastered
me”, longingly ballads with remarkable depth.
                                                                     piranha 06/08 (Franz Stengel)
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Singer/Songwriter-Pop in the purest sense of the word. K.C. McKanzie shines with original songs. Pure musical
enjoyment, pure relaxation!
                                                       AVIVA-BERLIN.de 05/08 (Silvy Pommerenke)
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A great voice, a strong melody and a good story is more than enough.
                                                               Alt.Country.NL 06/08 (René Leverink)
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K.C. McKanzie really sticks to the essence of songwriting, songs with a subtle mix of rhythm, melody and
stories. She writes typical folk songs, minimalisticly sung, dark but intimate melancholic, brought in an almost
acoustic manner. We find many „pearls‟ and moving tracks and „Razorblade‟ fascinates us most: it is a brilliant
song.
This CD is a recommendation as backgroundmusic on a candle lit evening.
                                                                            Rootstime.be 06/08 (valsam)
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Melody and lyrics constantly form a perfect union with an intensity that guarantees goose-bumps. You have to
experience this CD. It is vibrant with emotion and longing.
In comparison with American or English folk musicians: if they want to learn how to do it right, they should take
a page out of K.C. McKanzie‟s book.
20 out of 20 points                                       Musik An Sich 06/08 (Andreas W. Fieseler)
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Her melancholy murder-ballads, populated by broken characters, echo the finest of the Appalachian tradition,
carried by K.C.‟s elfish voice. Her clear, soft voice, her laconic manner and arrangements reduced to the bare
essentials intensify the effect of her songs.
                                                             Gaesteliste.de05/08 (Ullrich Maurer)

K.C. McKanzie presents sparsely arranged acoustic folk with lyrics – acerbic at times – in desolate musical
landscapes steeped in guitar, banjo, bass and the intricately woven vocals of McKanzie.
4 out of 6 stars                                                          inMusic 06/08 (Frank Zöllner)
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There is a melancholy mood in all her songs, but K.C. McKanzie‟s relaxed voice washes over the listener like a
warm, protective shower. There is a macabre touch to K.C. McKanzie‟s lyrics, something hard to define,
something that has always fascinated me in the old folk songs.
She describes, among other things, ghosts of dead lovers knocking on your door, rich merchants who seduce and
then leave innocent girls, and sailors who cannot escape their sad fate.
On “Hammer & Nails” common things are imbued with completely different meanings by subtle twists in the
lyrics.
K.C. McKanzie‟s power is a restrained restlessness behind every song.
8,5 out of 10 points                                               folkforum.nl 05/08 (Mirjam Adriaans)
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A voice floating beautifully over Folksongs: moments of longing, life on the edge but with a view to the endless
horizon.
                                                                            Intro 05/08 (TL Renzsche)
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KC McKanzie has an attractive voice and also a conscious style of singing.
The duo has found their sound: cosy, warm and always along the melody lines. With this CD K.C. McKanzie has
started a new chapter, both musically and poetically.
4 out of 5 stars = very good
                                                                   singersong.homestead.com 05/08

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