Kathleen Wilhoite


Santa Barbara Independent
Fringe Beat by Josef Woodard

FORMER S.B. GIRL, PITCHING: Kathleen Wilhoite, the singer-songwriter-actress-gadabout, cut her teeth and bridged the gap between innocence and experience right here in Santa Barbara before heading outta town. Now comes a juicy song set called Pitch Like A Girl (Daves' Record Company), a hugely likable album falling somewhere between angst-venting and the engaging pop craft of Sam Phillips and Bonnie Raitt. She pens and sings a mean, memorable tune, as with "Whatever It Takes," the catchiest here. X-er guitarist Tony Gilkyson lends nice, raw fiber to the sound, eking out an especially fierce, splinkety solo on the rocker "Dumb Ol' Girl." Next up, Wilhoite sings with sandpapered wisdom beyond her tender years on "Old Familiar." Local connection or no, Wilhoite has the kiss of the muse on her forehead.

Female FYI Magazine
Pitch Like A Girl, the debut CD release from Kathleen Wilhoite, is a collection of beautiful songs by an incredible newcomer. Kathleen Wilhoite demonstrates her strength as both a singer and songwriter, and is clearly off to an excellent start as a recording artist. Upon first listen, one cannot help but become completely addicted to Kathleen's sound, which is similar to the Indigo Girls, but more mature and there are absolutely no harmonies. Kathleen Wilhoite is also backed by a very strong band that included Tony Gilkyson (formerly of X and Lone Justice), Chris Joyner (Jeremy Toback, The Freewheelers), Chris Wagner (Mary's Danish, Thermadore), and David Harte (Beck, Spain). With a debut like Pitch Like A Girl, I think we can all expect to hear a great deal more from Kathleen Wilhoite... and I'm sure you'll agree it won't be soon enough!

Scratch Magazine
It's a lean time for the singer-songwriter. For now, at least, more acrobatic musical genres are grabbing Billboard headlines and the image of the lone guitarist singing her heart out to a coffeehouse crowd more often than not seems like a throwback or a cliche.

But singer-songwriters survived new wave, they survived grunge and they will survive the underground's latest obsessions, too. They will survive because of people like Kathleen Wilhoite.

Wilhoite's eclectic Pitch Like A Girl has a clear musical kinship with Edie Brickel's Picture Perfect Morning, but her intimate delivery and quirky penmanship keep the album nimble and interesting. This dozen-song set replicates the pacing of the best live performances, ranging from the spare intensity of stripped-down songs like "Wish We Never Met" to the fuller, bluesier sounds of "Symphony." Her clear, pure voice is wonderfully rough around the edges, giving the songs an emotional surety and musical depth. Only occasionally, such as on "No One Can Touch Me," does she overdo the husky overtones and sound a bit too much like Kim Carnes.

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