Courtesy of Ash LaRose
This week, Burlington's reigning queen of soul, Kat Wright
, is recording a live album. The artist and her Indomitable Soul Band set up shop on Saturday, August 18, at Applehead Recording
in Saugerties, N.Y. — and you can be there to watch the magic happen.
Wright and co. are the latest artists to record as part of the Woodstock Sessions
series, which invites intimate audiences to sit in on the process of recording a live album. Past participants include Marco Benevento
, the Magpie Salute
, and Medeski Martin & Wood
with Nels Cline
, and others.
"We want to have a really special experience for our fans," Wright tells Seven Days
by phone. "We just love that small-room vibe, where people can listen and sit down and relax."
has an extremely limited capacity, and features a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres meet-and-greet beforehand.
"We're looking forward to spending a little bit of time with folks," Wright says. "As we tour more, it's challenging to connect [with fans.] It's always very rushed."
Wright's last album was 2016's By My Side
. But she says the way the band plays its songs live are somewhat different from what you'll hear on the record. The live album will showcase the updated renditions.
"We want to have an archive of the way our live show has been for the last year and half," Wright says, singling out slow-jam "Who's Your Fool"
as a cut that differs dramatically from its recorded version onstage. "What we do with that song is sometimes my favorite part of the show."
The live album will also feature select covers that have become mainstays in the band's repertoire, as well as some older tunes they haven't played for years.
Additionally, Wright says they might play some stripped-down versions of new material.
"I think we might do a couple of those," she hints. "We're still arranging them for the band and figuring out the best instrumentation."
Wright is also set to perform on National Public Radio's long-running music program "Mountain Stage."
The band's episode airs on Friday, September 14. Though Vermont Public Radio does not broadcast the series, you can stream it at npr.org.
Visit katwright.brownpapertickets.com for tickets to the live album recording.