Born and raised in Charlotte NC, Catherine was trained classically at the North Carolina School of The Arts. She moved to NYC at 19 to study jazz upright bass at the Manhattan School of Music. Since then she has played and recorded with numerous bands including Hem, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Levon Helm, Joseph Arthur, Michael Stipe, Karen Elson, Rhett Miller, Jim Campilongo, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Norah Jones, Mark Olson and Kevn Kinney and is currently touring with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Switching from upright to electric was a challenge. “I started playing upright when I was 9 and couldn’t get comfortable on the electric for years. Somewhere in my mid-twenties I found a 1966 P-bass that was dark and woody like an upright and once I put some flat-wounds on it…Finally, I had found my pork chop”. Since then she’s also acquired a 1966 Guild Starfire I. Catherine draws musical inspiration from James Jamerson, Ray Brown, The Clash, early Studio One reggae and the moment where Neil Young kicks the mic stand in “Heart of Gold”.
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