Catherine Loyer‘s band, Strawberry Roan, is best known for having a tight groove, driven by rich, powerful vocals, and high caliber players. Catherine is backed by Willow Heavritt on vocals, Jim Loyer on acoustic guitar and vocals, Michael Kepel on drums and vocals, Ben Rector on Bass and vocals, and George Reiswig on electric guitar and vocals. They play an array of originals, artistic covers, as well as everyone’s favorites. The songs range from country, pop, roots rock, and even rock-n-blues. By adding their own personal slant, She and each player create the distinctive sound, known as Strawberry Roan.
Catherine uses a wireless microphone when performing because she loves to move. During the first song, I am amazed at how she works the band, works the sound board, and works the venue to make sure it’s sounding good everywhere. Once it’s all dialed in, she stays on the move. At this show on the lawn at Pat’s Corner (McMenamins Grand Lodge), she remarked that the audience was so far away, she was glad she was mobile so she could come out and visit.
Strawberry Roan has plenty of shows coming up this fall, and to give you a taste of what you’ll see, here is Catherine’s take on the Del Shannon song, Runaway.