Gold Tone Featured Artist

Kaia Kater with her MM-150LN banjo

Kaia Kater

At Gold Tone, we recognize that the most important part of music is the players. That's why we will be featuring bios on different artists who love and play Gold Tone instruments, showing off their music, and showing notable tour dates to foster growth in the musical community. Our first artist is Kaia Kater, a phenomenal clawhammer player who is reinvigorating American roots music with her unique sound.

"I got my first Gold Tone, the Maple Mountain Long Neck, when I was 16. It is a wonderful instrument with a clear and ringing tone, and accompanied me through many years. I've recently acquired the OT-800 Tubaphone model, and it feels like a strong addition to my growing family of Gold Tone instruments. The sound is deep and strong, and it translates so well to live performance. The staff at Gold Tone are real humans, delivering fine and quality product. They are always accessible if I have a problem, and they believe in the durability of the brand and the instruments. I look forward playing Gold Tone instruments for a long time to come."

The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn't come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of Afro-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family's deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning and studying Appalachian music in West Virginia. Her acclaimed debut album touched on this divide, but her new album, Nine Pin (set for release May 13, 2016 on Kingswood Records), delves even further, and casts an unflinching eye at the realities faced by people of color in North America every day. Her songs on the new album are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz-influenced instrumentation, and beautifully understated banjo, and they've got as much in common with Kendrick Lamar right now as they do with Pete Seeger. True to her roots in Appalachia, the title of the album comes from a traditional square dance formation in which a woman stands alone in the middle of a circle of people turning around her. As a double meaning, it's also one of the pins in bowling that keeps getting knocked down. Surrounded yet alone, constantly in the line of fire, this album speaks beautifully to the seasons of a young woman's life. As a new generation of artists like Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Dom Flemons are reclaiming the black roots of North American music, Kaia Kater steps into this dialogue with Nine Pin, bringing a powerful new voice to the conversation.

Notable Tour Dates

Kaia Kater with Dom Flemons and Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton

Fri, Feb 24, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Dom Flemons, Kaia Kater, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton share the stage for one night only, spotlighting the African roots of the banjo and the impact that the instrument continues to have in old-time, blues, bluegrass, and other music traditions.

Kaia Kater touring UK with Kris Drever

Mar 1, 2017 — Mar 14 2017

Kaia Kater will be touring various UK venues with this wonderful UK-based artist!

Kaia Kater touring UK with Tim O'Brien

May 17, 2017 — May 22, 2017

"I have loved Tim O'Brien's music for many years - it'll be a thrill to perform these dates with him."

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