Folk Uke is Cathy Guthrie and Amy Nelson. Though they were raised on the road with two of the most revered families in music, these two held out against the idea of going into the “family business” for as long as they could.
Their parents were friends since the early 70’s (Cathy is daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody; Amy is Willie’s daughter), but Cathy and Amy didn’t meet until 1990 when they found themselves working together in a restaurant in San Diego. They quickly realized that they had both grown up the same way: sleeping in guitar cases, riding tour buses, and joining their dads on stage. A beautiful friendship emerged.
As fate would have it, Amy and Cathy began playing with lyrics and various musical instruments. It wasn’t long before they stumbled into a music store and accidentally bought a ukulele. It was the year 2000 and Folk Uke was born. Amy, with her guitar, and Cathy, with her uke, entertained friends and family with their strange songs. To their utter surprise, they began receiving legitimate show offers. They weren’t very good, but they were funny and quite charming.
“I grew up in a family of folk music. Swearing wasn’t necessarily allowed, but if you sang it, it was ok and if it was in harmony, it was even better.” — Cathy Guthrie
Folk Uke has appeared across the country at venues ranging from NYC’s Hard Rock Café, Hempstalk, The Woody Guthrie Festival, New Orleans’s Tipitina’s, Willie’s Fourth of July Picnic, John Trudell’s Give Love Give Life project and Australia’s Tamworth Country Music Festival.
In 2005 they released Folk Uke, their self-titled debut CD, which has earned them a cult following and has caught the attention of anyone who has been exposed to them. Their vocal harmonies are sweet; their melodies are contagious; and their lyrics are explicit.
“They are like angels talking sh!t.” – John Trudell
Some of their songs are not what you would ever want to be caught singing, but are so catchy you’ll be accidentally singing them all day long. “Motherf-cker Got F-cked Up” was a contender for Song of the Year on the Red Peters Comedy Music Hour.
“Off the motherf–ckin’ chain...Dope as f–ck.” – Snoop Dogg
Folk Uke has just completed their second album Reincarnation which offers 10 tracks that bring you on a journey of obstacles, empowerment and rebirth... It promises to be entertaining, if not brilliant.
Tracks include “I Miss My Boyfriend” which features Shooter Jennings as the lead vocal (appearing courtesy of Black Country Rock). Shooter delivers a convincing performance as the wife beater who gets in the end, in the end.
So many emotions I went through; disgust, awkward laughter, fear, intrigue, calm, pride. Shooter sounds like a bonafide dirtbag piece of sh!t!!! I have never heard anything like this in my life!! — Matt Reasor
The bi-lingual ditty “Quattro Momento”, featuring Arlo and Willie in the dueling dads’ guitar solo, implores, “Just to give me some time. I need more than a moment with you off of my mind. Tres isn’t enough. So double the dos, because uno momento doesn’t even come close.” The title track “Reincarnation” showcases the pretty side of Folk Uke. Finally! An FU song you can sing at work. And you will, too!
This sophomoric album, produced by Abe Guthrie and Folk Uke, is just what you would expect from Folk Uke: A teaspoon of offensive, with a pinch of outrageous and sprinkle of talent...coming Fall 2011.
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