By Bob Gordon

Kat Wilson doesn’t have to think too hard when asked about what appeals to her the most about playing festivals and what she’s looking forward to about Blues at Bridgetown

“Hanging out in nature and playing live in a completely new atmosphere,” she responds. “I have found all music festivals I’ve played at are different and offer such unique experiences. A music festival always gives me a sense of awe and wonder.”

Having happened upon the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and BB King in her early teens before discovering the likes of Paul Kelly and Josh Pyke, Wilson’s musical style has come to be described as ‘breezy blues’.

“Growing up I learnt to play guitar through listening to classic blues music,” she explains. “My sound over the years has developed into a more rock/blues feel. Playing in a trio always allows each instrument to remain pure and play an equal role within the performance as I pay respect to the genre.”

Accolades and acclaim have come Wilson’s way over the last few years, but the real joy of the matter stems from the music itself. It’s the art that provides.

 “What I see as a highlight has shifted for me,” she notes. “I’ve won awards, played large gigs and festivals and been support on large international tours. But my highlights are simply found in the writing and performing of music.

“In the past I would slip into ‘industry recognition’ being a highlight. This has changed. Having the ability to tell stories through music and share them with others is my biggest highlight.”

Whilst performing regularly throughout 2019, Wilson has also been busy recording and now releasing, Routine, a six-track EP at Sundown Studios in O’Connor. December will find her at Bunbury’s Reel2real Studio tracking more new songs.

“In festival land, I’ve been luckily enough to play Nannup, Fairbridge, WA Guitar Festival in Margaret River, York Festival and I’ll finish off the year here at Bridgetown. It has brought so much joy to test new songs on festival audiences and has really impacted my recordings.”

More touring and releases are on the cards for 2020, but in the meantime there’s Wilson’s Blues at Bridgetown visit to contemplate. We can expect…

“… Rocking drums, the biggest sound and tones a trio can make and some signature Stratocaster vibes,” she promises. “I also enjoy a good dance on stage so that might slip out too.”

Kat Wilson’s new EP, Routine, is released on Friday, October 25. She performs at the WAM Stage on Saturday, November 9, from 4-4.45pm and with her band at the Festival Club on Sunday, November 10, from 11.15am-12.15pm.

Photography: Matthew Reilly