on Politics and Religion, troubadour Kate Wallace takes on the topics we may push aside on the conversational plate the way lima beans are parried in a child’s meal. But we avoid delving into controversial issues to our peril. Whether in the midst of trouble or triumph, it may seem like our current political situation is “Dry as a Desert” (one of the tracks on the album), Wallace’s voice is like rain pouring over caked-brown dirt, delivering heartfelt lyrics and providing hope for change.
When I first received a copy of the CD, I couldn’t stop listening. Wallace is one of Santa Barbara’s treasures, a denizen in our area after a long stint singing in Nashville, she still travels the world with guitar in hand, ready to perform. One of her regular haunts is the Kerrville Folk Festival (www.kerrville-music.com), and she’s a co-host of the monthly Trinity Backstage Concert Series (www.trinitybackstage.com). In this CD, Wallace is joined by John Stewart (www.chillywinds.com), who recently visited the Trinity scene to play to a packed room. Stewart is one of her singer-songwriter idols, and her rendition of his tune “Spirit” is enough to make a disbeliever change their mind about the existence of a higher power.
“Mercy Brings Mercy,” another of Wallace’s tunes, is a sentiment we would all do well to remember, no matter our politics or our faith. While there are times we may want only pretty lyrics or a catchy tune, Wallace packages a call for social justice in a glorious wrapper, with a voice that soars and sings.
See www.katewallace.com .