It's almost like being at a live show.
That was my initial thought upon hearing the award-winning Peter Katz's new CD, First of the Last to Know. Followers of the Fort St. John music scene that have seen Katz play during one of his numerous visits to the energetic city will know what I'm talking about - for those that haven't had the opportunity, let me fill you in.
Katz puts on a very charismatic live show; he also puts out a very charismatic album. The first few bars on the opening track, Son, are a soft percussion, an acoustic guitar and Katz's voice. As the track progresses, Katz and the guitar become more melodic as he tells a tale the listener can't help but be pulled into.
And it just goes on from there.
The title track starts off more upbeat than its predecessor, but slows down again with the chorus. Piano and drums fill out the rest of the track.
The Fence has more reverb on Katz's voice, making it sound like he's playing in a very quiet stadium. One can almost picture Katz sitting on a stool with his guitar under a spotlight while the audience remains entranced by his voice.
All of the tracks on First of the Last to Know, which was recorded at the Barn Window Studio in Hamilton, capture the eloquence Katz is known for, whether it's live or on CD.
If for whatever reason you're unable to see Katz perform live, First of the Last to Know is definitely the next best thing.
Katz will be performing at the Whole Wheat and Honey Café on Nov. 13 as part of his tour to promote First of the Last to Know. For those who just can't get enough of Katz, he will be hosting a songwriters workshop at the North Peace Cultural Centre on Nov. 14.