There’s a refreshing authenticity found in Katie Kuffel’s music. Her earnest voice accompanies poetic lyrics cocooned in the vibrant Pacific Northwest imagery of her Seattle home. While honing her song craft, the woods and surrounding waters nurtured her while she found a voice to expound on subjects like mental health, feminism, sexuality, and really anything her heart would cling to. She wields vulnerability like a knife, and drops all pretenses about what her music should be like, instead looking her audience in the eye and inviting them to feel deeply and without shame.
Kuffel had a fair bit of classical training, but her real musical education occurred in the opportunity to sit in and play within a plethora of diverse musicians. She’d play cello and sing with her dad’s group of friends (all drinking beer and playing bluegrass on the porch). She’d sit in and jam with a Gypsy Jazz group at the farmers market. While living in Japan she learned the basics of Koto music. Then there was the Peruvian doomgrass band she played with when she first moved back to Seattle. She accompanied speakers, and slam poets in live, improvised events. She says, “I never really discriminated against any kind of music, and I think that openness has given me more than any formal education ever could.”