December 14, 2005
Kat Burns turns up the heat
By -- Ottawa Sun

She's been compared to Cat Power and to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. Kat Burns, in other words, is a singer-songwriter to be reckoned with.

To date, the artist who left her native Whitby and settled in Toronto two years ago has a mere six songs to her credit as a recording artist -- the contents of her melancholy, sparsely arranged EP For the Birds.

But a full-length album is in the works. And this time, Burns is turning it up.

"I haven't played acoustic guitar for a while," she says. "When I used to play acoustic people tended to sigh, 'Oh, another girl with an acoustic guitar' and tune out immediately.

"I'm usually playing bars and playing with people who are quite loud. So an electric guitar can be very handy."

So can a band, and Burns -- when not moonlighting as a member of Guelph's country rockers The Takoma Hellfire Tragedy -- admits she likes "to have as much help as possible" when performing. But when she hits town tomorrow, she'll be alone with her electric.

No matter. Burns already won over a fair number of fans during her only previous local show, at Ladyfest Ottawa.

"That was the best crowd I've ever had in my life," she enthuses. "They were so attentive. I can't wait to get back there."