Last week, we had the pleasure of listening to Katie Skene perform at the TEDxOlympicBlvdWomen event, and was immediately captivated by her soulful and mesmerizing rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” The talented 23-year old singer, songwriter and guitarist is the lead singer of The Katie Skene Band, an L.A. based blues, southern rock, and soul revival.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Katie grew up surrounded by the blues, roots music and rock & roll of the South, and was well-versed in Southern rock bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, The Derek Trucks Band, and The Wood Brothers. After playing in shows and festivals around the Southeast, she moved to L.A. to further study and pursue a career in music. Her influences include Otis Redding, B.B King, The Meters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Howlin' Wolf, among many others. In January 2016, she released her debut EP, “From the River,” an album that pays homage to her vintage roots while exhibiting a fresh and modern sound at the same time.
Katie has performed at various locations in L.A., such as The Victorian, Basement Tavern, The Warehouse, and TR!P Santa Monica. She has also delivered amazing covers of Eric Clapton songs at the Bradfordville Blues Club in her hometown, Tallahassee. Earlier this year, her entire album was broadcasted on Radio Free Nashville, and recently, she had the honor of opening for the David Nelson Band at the Nelson Family Vineyards. If you want to catch her in a show, head down to the TRiP at Santa Monica on November 10, 2016!