Caitlin Canty delivers her songs with a 1930’s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto, painting the line between joy and pathos with uncanny precision and power. 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 the Artists Den. Produced by acclaimed songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, 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.
Both on the road and on her records, Caitlin Canty teams with some of the finest musicians in the world – including members of Morphine, Booker T, 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 of light and shade. 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.
A constant collaborator, Canty writes and performs with several bands including Down Like Silver, her ongoing duo project 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 currently based in Nashville, TN.