Kate Mann is an American musician currently based in Portland, Oregon. She is originally from the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico but moved west as a young adult to pursue a career in music.
A former high school teacher, Kate had an awakening of sorts in 2005 and dedicated herself to music full-time. She traded in her car for a van, fixed up her mother’s old 1963 Gibson acoustic, and started touring the Western United States. She received some national airplay for selections off her most recent album.
Mann's Cowboys are My Weakness was nominated for the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards for Americana Song of the year.
2006: November Songs
Kate released her debut album November Songs in 2005. The album is a live recording done in a single weekend. Accompanied by Bernardo Gomez (McKinley, Latin Quarter) on upright bass, Kate doing the vocals and guitar work on each song.
2007: Devil's Rope
Mann's second album, Devils Rope, was released in 2007 and was co produced by Kate Mann and Rob Stroup. It was reviewed by Wonka Vision Magazine saying it "is easy to hear the influence of the Sandia Mountains on Devil's Rope. As she subtly sculpts the desert throughout the songs on this album, she also surrounds her dusky voice and acoustic guitar with aggressive slide guitar and harmonica, rumbling drums, and accordion and classical guitar sounds that conjure images of gypsy caravans."
2008: Things Look Different When The Sun Goes Down
Things Look Different When the Sun Goes down, Kate’s third album, was recorded at 8-Ball Studio in Portland and coproduced by Kate and studio owner Rob Stroup.