Thom McCarthy, Katie Jo Knaub, Cult Class

Thom McCarthy

From the dry hills of Pennsylvania coal country, emerged Thom McCarthy singing songs of the flood. His guitar strings resonate with sounds from the past, echoing history through gypsy jazz, classical, soul, and world folk traditions. Those who know "Philadelphia's Best Kept Musical Secret" have given Thom their ears, and been rewarded with humor and poetry.

Katie Jo Knaub

Katie Jo Knaub Bio:

Reared in the backwards backwoods farming community of Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, Katie Jo Knaub shipped herself off to Chicago at a young age after teaching herself how to play guitar, sing, and write. There she garnered ammunition and material to tell stories through her songs. Stories about alcoholism and opiates, murdering unsavory lovers and draining their blood like hunted animals; stories about death and abortion and horrid affairs but also about the beauty that springs from all that darkness.

Coined by some as “hillbilly soul”, “cryptic blues”, and “homicidal folk”, Katie Jo channels artists like Cat Power, Patti Smith, Swans, Sparklehorse, Jim White, Magnolia Electric Company, Chelsea Wolfe, and Lera Lynn.

After a long stint in the Midwest playing shows, recording, and battling years of illness, she is now a resident Philadelphian channeling her stark and brutally honest songwriting into our burgeoning local music scene. At times, a hearty growl can come from a relatively quiet tune—like the sound that would come from scratching the underbelly of a sleepy witch.

“The Widowmaker” is the first of a series of recordings to be released from Katie Jo’s Philadelphia-specific recording repertoire. The album is available on Bandcamp for a donation of your choice.

Cult Class

Cait & Mike || Two friends playing folk music in Philly ||

We can do covers, we can do originals



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