Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a dusky alto and a 1930’s Recording King guitar. Raised in small-town Vermont, the daughter of a school teacher and a house painter, she spent a decade in New York City cutting her teeth on both sides of the microphone – as a performer and as the first employee of a live music startup. Her latest record Reckless Skyline features an all-star band on twelve songs that veer nimbly between country ballads and straight-up rockers, dark blues and sparsely arranged folk. Produced by Jeffrey Foucault, her breakout record has garnered glowing praise from NPR, The Telegraph and Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. The San Francisco Chronicle lauded Canty’s, “casually devastating voice and unshakable poise,” and her “easy way with folk, blues and country motifs.”
Both on the road and on her records, Caitlin Canty teams with some of the finest musicians in the world – including members of Morphine, Cold Satellite, and Ray LaMontagne’s Pariah Dogs – to create a sound that harnesses the grit and spark at the very heart of American music, tempered with a voice both haunting and distinct.
Canty’s songs imbue commonplace moments and images with strange magic, wringing vastness from small details. They convey a restless energy, a clarity of purpose and desire to live fully within elemental processes – moving light, moving water, wildfire, ashes. She sings, ‘Sleeping on embers / Breathing in rivers / Waking up shivering on summer’s hottest night’ and becomes a part of the natural world the song inhabits. She paints the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power.
A constant collaborator, Canty writes and performs with several bands including Down Like Silver, her ongoing duo with Peter Bradley Adams. Prior to Reckless Skyline, she independently released the full-length Golden Hour, a gently produced and Western-tinged album tracked live in Maine in the winter of 2012. She is the winner of the 2015 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest. Canty is currently based in East Nashville, Tennessee.