Katy Vernon performs in the Radio Heartland studio

Katy Vernon performs at Radio Heartland
Katy Vernon and her band in the Radio Heartland studio; L to R: Reed Pagel, bass; Paul Odegaard, trumpet; Katy Vernon, ukulele and vocals; Clay Williams, guitar; Chris McAtee - drums; Simon Husbands, keyboards. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
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  • Katy Vernon - Undertow (Live at Radio Heartland) 02:39
  • Katy Vernon - Catch Myself (Live at Radio Heartland) 02:28
  • Katy Vernon - In Your Shoes (For Daisy) (Live at Radio Heartland) 03:04

Katy Vernon's bio describes her as a "singer of sad songs with a happy instrument," which is brilliant and accurate given Vernon writes and sings with a ukulele. But when you ask Vernon about that, she says, "Actually I am the happy instrument."

Suit of Hearts is Vernon's new album, and it's being released in concert this weekend at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. The songs on the album deal with sadness and regret, but when you listen, you hear a woman also finding strength and opening doors to a brighter future.

I finally had the opportunity to meet Katy Vernon when she brought in her whole band to do some songs from the album live in the studio.

Songs Performed


"Undertow"
"Catch Myself"
"In Your Shoes (For Daisy)"
All songs from Katy Vernon's 2019 album, Suit of Hearts.

Personnel


Katy Vernon - ukulele, vocals
Simon Husbands - keyboards
Clay Williams - guitar
Reed Pagel - bass
Chris McAtee - drums
Paul Odegaard - trumpet

Hosted and produced by Mike Pengra
Engineered by Michael DeMark and John Miller
Visuals by Mike Pengra

External Link

Katy Vernon - official site

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  • Katy Vernon performs at Radio Heartland
    Katy Vernon performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Katy Vernon performs at Radio Heartland
    Reed Pagel plays bass with Katy Vernon in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Katy Vernon performs at Radio Heartland
    Katy Vernon performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Katy Vernon performs at Radio Heartland
    Katy Vernon performs in the Radio Heartland studio. (Mike Pengra | MPR)
  • Katy Vernon
    Katy Vernon was born and raised in London, but in the past dozen or so years, has established herself as one of the busiest musicians in Minnesota. (courtesy the artist)
  • Katy Vernon, 'Suit of Hearts'
    Katy Vernon, 'Suit of Hearts' (courtesy the artist)