Julia Kasdorf


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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Julia Kasdorf (pronounced Kaz-dorf)

Recommended if you like: Lucinda Williams, Bobby Gentry, Victoria Williams, Kathy Matea

Story behind your band/artist name: Got married without vetting the last name, I guess. didn't think it through.

Band Members: Julia Kasdorf, acoustic guitar and vox

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Loudoun County, VA

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: When I first got to town and knew NO ONE, I went to open jam night at Velvet Lounge. This trio of musicians were staggering through some kind of blues number without a bass player and I just couldn't stand it so uninvited I jumped up, grabbed the bass (it was just sitting there!) and pulled the thing together. the whole room breathed a sigh of relief. That's the power of the bass line for you. 

Met my husband-to-be at the History of the Electric Guitar Event at the Museum of Science and Technology in 1998. There was this distressed telecaster at the Fender Booth that we both spotted and both of us grabbed it at the same time! I won that tussle (i got to play it and he had to watch), but he went home and told his bandmates "I just met the woman I'm going to marry". 

When I first moved to DC from San Francisco, I was feeling like the Queen of Bass Players and the first thing I did when I got to town was call up Bill Kirchen. "Hi, Bill. I'm Julia, and my friend/your pal Rocky from California said I should give you a call. Do you need a bass player?" Everybody knows that Johnny Castle is and always has been Bill's bass player, except me. So Bill was like "Um, well, er...I already have a bass player...." He was very nice, but golly, what cheek I had! If I had done a little more research, I wouldn't have had the gumption to make that call!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: I used to be in a damn good alt-country band called One Horse Town . We won a Wammie in 2006 when our album "Dawn Will Deliver" came out, produced by Jon Carroll. 

I have a new album out now called "Motel" and it's a summary of what I've learned to love about music over the past 40 years - driving rhythm, killer leads that speak, and honest, visceral lyrics. Its being promoted to radio stations by Peter Hay, Twin Vision. I don't expect to cut a swath in the industry, I just want folks to have a chance to hear my music. I think its worth hearing.

Official Website URL: http://www.JuliaKasdorfMusic.com

Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaKasdorfMusic/

iTunes Link: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/artist/julia-kasdorf/457027150?mt=1&app=music

Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4N5K0f2X6tYSWAd9CMm3XT

Other Links: https://juliakasdorf.bandcamp.com/album/motel


Main Genre: Country

Other Genres: alt-country, americana, roots