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The Kate Hinote Trio w/ Jennifer Westwood and Dylan Dunbar – April 13, 2024

April 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


The Kate Hinote Trio is a contemporary folk ensemble based out of the Detroit area, featuring Kate Hinote on vocals, Matthew Parmenter on violin, and David Johnson on acoustic guitar.  The Trio performs predominantly original material, while weaving in select retro and modern covers that showcase their unique sound and sensibilities.

Detroit area journalist, Jeff Milo, describes Hinote’s voice as “cinematic and operatic, a mood-setting, mellifluous intonation that fits inside candle-lit lounges, late summer night feverdreams, or as a torch song from a surreal soundtrack.”

John Sinkevics of Local Spins and WYCE in Grand Rapids, MI, describes the trio as a “new indie-folk/prog-folk trio which manages to not only retain and showcase Hinote’s haunting, mesmerizing vocals but centers them in a fetching, gorgeously arranged acoustic pillow.”

Released in March 2021, the Trio’s debut album, Near, was recorded at Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI with Recording Engineer, Tony Hamera, Hinote’s longtime bandmate, writing partner and husband.  The album includes songs co-written by Hinote for other projects she has fronted, including Alt-Country turned Psych-Rock outfit, Blueflowers, as well as songs gifted to Hinote or borrowed for this album from other Detroit-based songwriters including Matthew Smith, Emily Rose, Don Duprie and Alison Lewis, Anthony Retka, Duende, and Jaye Allen Thomas. 

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Parmenter (front man of Prog-Rock band Discipline), whose expressive and melodic violin provides the perfect accompaniment to Hinote’s voice, also contributed a song of his own to the album in the dramatic closer, Some Fear Growing Old.  The previously released single, Moon Draws Water, for which Johnson (Blueflowers) has co-writing credit, is an example of Johnson’s ability to form a unique and solid foundation for Hinote to deliver each song with care.  Near also unveils the first songwriting collaboration for Hinote and Parmenter, the Prog-Folk track, Where You Dream Now.

Though this album is acoustic and melody-driven at its core, Hinote has always struggled fitting into the confines of genre and this album is no exception.  Rob Reinhart (a Public Radio DJ out of Detroit who hosts WDET’s “Essential Music” and NPR’s “Acoustic Cafe”) described the Trio’s music on his program as “acoustic rock.”  The moodiness that Hinote has been channeling with her songs, voice and delivery for years is still here, highlighted further by the contributions from other songwriters, making for an eclectic collection.

Near provides an introduction to the Kate Hinote Trio’s live sound, combining brooding, intimate and reflective moments, with drama that arrests one’s attention.  Thriving on the excitement of performing live to connect with long time friends and new listeners, Kate Hinote Trio has played over 100 shows at venues and festivals throughout Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, among them an hour long broadcast performance and interview at the NPR/PRX syndicated program “Red Barn Radio” out of WEKU in Lexington, KY.  With a creative fire burning, and new material in the works, the Trio pushes full steam ahead towards a second album and expanding their playing radius further to surprise more audiences with their unique sound and intricately arranged songs.

Jennifer Westwood and guitarist Dylan Dunbar, share an affection for gospel, Texas blues, Stax, and Muscle Shoals era artists. Jennifer cut her teeth on gospel in Detroit before hitting the gritty local bars that set her career in motion; along the way performing back up for acts including Motown’s Carl Carlton, adding several Detroit Music Awards to her credit, including one for work with Sponge (Sony) frontman Vin Dombroski on a traditional country recording (Lalar V).

Dylan Dunbar spent his teen years refining his chops in local blues joints, moving on to perform with W.C. Handy award winners such as Chef Chris and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. His dynamic playing style is a compliment to Jennifer’s broad vocal range and unique sound that invokes influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Big Mama Thorton.

The last couple years have seen them performing across the country rather than at home in the rustbelt, growing a family of fans from New York to Texas. They’ve been on bills with acts such as Hayes Carll, Paul Thorn, Dale Watson, Delbert McClinton, and have performed alongside Patti Smith (with her bandmates backing Smith as well); grateful for every opportunity the road has afforded them.

Fully embracing the character and spirit of Detroit, they consider it an honor to represent a talent filled city of rugged determination, faith and hard working people.


April 13
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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