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KAT BLU

Country USA

Style Glam / Hard Rock

Kat Blu Don’t let the name fool you. This isn’t some blues jam band. There’s a time and a place for that. But Kat Blu was born rockin’ and this hard-hittin’ three-piece band from southern Minnesota has been leaving big tracks on the rock music scene ever since their formation on New Year’s Eve 1994.

A self-sufficient working band they’ve been making a lot of beautiful noise at clubs and bars all around the Midwest and at high-profile shows such as “Rockin’ The Hills” (a four-day rock music concert in Bottineau, ND) where they stomped the stage three years running and “River Bend Music Festival” (in Owatonna, MN) where they were twice one of the featured bands. They were the opening act for Jackyl 3 times, The Naked Beggars 2 times, Bret Michaels and Warrant, and did a portion of a tour through ND and MN with Enuff Z’nuff. They’ve played for the state A.B.A.T.E. rally in Regal, MN, and the list goes on…

With the release of two CD’s of original music: “Too Wild to Tame” (1996) and “Uncaged” (2003), Kat Blu is holding their own and at their live shows their original songs like, Animal, Too Wild to Tame, Kamikaze, Numb and Workin’ Day” are frequent requests. Kat Blu’s impressive repertoire of hundreds of cover songs has been pleasing crowds as well. Whether it be classic groups (AC/DC, KISS, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Rush) recent bands (Guns n’ Roses, Poison, Quiet Riot, The Beastie Boys, Green Day, Metallica) or current bands (Buckcherry, Nickelback, Puddle of Mud, Kid Rock) people are amazed at the full and faithful sound that three guys alone can make.

A three-piece can sometimes be hard to sell but these guys wouldn’t have it any other way. And it’s not a hard sell at all when you know what the band is made of. Larry Crawford is one of the wildest drummer/vocalists around, and his stage antics make him hard to, ignore. Relentless drumming that smoothly accents the rhythm, emulating a guitarist’s strumming all the while belting out screaming soul-filled lyrics. When asked how he can play and sing like that simultaneously, his answer is honest: “I don’t know…I just do it.”

As the guitarist, Reed Tosteson’s style is perfectly suited to a power trio. He switches effortlessly between playing rhythm or lead, to playing both at the same time. He has to…there’s only one guitar on stage! His aggressive, from the hip (and heart) axemanship is undeniable, and it’s sometimes hard to determine just exactly how he does it!

Everybody knows all bass players are the same, right? Wrong! Elliot Pagel has a special ability to do much more than hold down the “bottom end”. He’s able to enhance the rhythm and fill in spaces around guitar leads like a rhythm guitarist, while accenting elements of the drums and the vocals. His diverse bass playing, and stage presence make you wonder what a bassist in a four or five piece band would do with all of his free time. In late 2009 The Band released their latest and greatest album yet: “Kattitude”. Solid powerhouse guitar Rock ‘n’ Roll that weaves in and out with no instrument over dubs. The Album features 11 new originals and a cover of Elton John’s Bennie And The Jets.

– Too Wild To Tame [1996]
– Uncaged [2003]
– Kattitude [2010]

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