The Suitcase Junket
From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound in this essential rock collection, Pile Driver.
The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, with wild double pitches of throat singing. From The Suitcase Junket's penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes this full-length album -- his debut at Signature Sounds -- of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity, played on instruments built of broken bottles, twisted forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.
Kate Lorenz has been singing ever since she learned to talk. An avid lover of classic rock and motown, she was surrounded by music from a young age and quickly fell in love with the stage. Starting off by singing what she heard on mixed tapes and in her parents' vinyl collection, she cut her teeth on the blues while studying abroad playing with a pub band in Ireland.
Singing with as many people as possible Kate has performed in a gypsy jazz group, afrobeat band, sleazy pop cover group, with a bluegrass trio, a female motown group, and formed the nationally touring band Rusty Belle with her brother Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) in 2006.
Kate has recorded back up vocals for fellow folk artists: Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty, Hayward Williams, The Suitcase Junket and Zak Trojano.
Kate currently lives in Western MA and plays and sings with her band Kate Lorenz & The Constellations (Ben Falkoff, Max Adam and Don McAulay) and with the Southern VT honky tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Her all-vinyl radio show, The Vinyl Countdown, is on Valley Free Radio on Wednesday evenings.
Kate Lorenz's first solo album is due out in January 2018.