Asheville – Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast bring their original fiery, bluesy soul rock back home Nov. 5 in downtown Asheville.
The band plays Saturday, Nov. 5 at 9 p.m. at Asheville Music Hall at 31 Patton Ave.
Their latest released single is the riveting, soulful “Haunted By You.” It debuted on streaming platforms on Monday, Oct. 10. Singer Krisko noted she writes about ups and downs of romance more than ever. “I love how music is an extension of what we feel within. When we share it, others can absorb it and really understand themselves on a deeper level. ”
“Devil on Your Side,” a funky-pop single, came out two months ago. The ballad “Burn One Down” was a country-pop single released a year ago. The lyrical theme is wondering why a loved one left, but toughening internally to “keep moving on.” “The Tower” came out in 2020. The band’s catalogue includes three full CDs over the last decade, and is on Spotify.
Lost My Sight is the band’s latest CD, and the second one is strong throughout. It came out a year ago. Its highlights include the fast-paced “Fighting the Feeling,” the soulful “About You,” the pulsating, funky “Hard Way,” and “Half Asleep,” which features Aaron Austin on lead guitar. Regular fans already know the lyrics well enough to sing along.
Other singles from that CD are the sophisticated title track with searing vocals, the soulfully Adele-like “Led Blood,” the gritty and grinding “Shot from a Bullet,” and the country-pop ballads “Too Far Gone” and “Through the Night.” The rhythmic “Blue Heron” is about an urge to “leave it all behind.”
Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast are sharp in studio productions and even more entertaining live. Krisko said, “I feed off the energy of the people at our shows,” after playing the unusually small venue of Oklawaha Brewery in Hendersonville on Sept. 27. The band tours nationally, regularly plays Floyd Fest and other festivals, and has played Rhythm & Blues in Hendersonville for several recent summers.
“It feels like a traveling circus,” Austin said with a grin about touring. “We’re painting vocal colors” at each stop.
The band is singer Krisko Austin, bassist William Seymour, percussionist Tyler Housholder, and drummer Michael W. Davis. They are exceptional in musicianship and are very animated at times. Lanky Austin, an Outer Banks native, leans his head back and closes his eyes in the more intense moments of his guitar solos.
Krisko is by far the focal point, with her incredibly powerful voice, emotional facial expressions, and bold gestures. She is extra animated on crowd favorites such as fast-paced “Steamroller” and female empowerment anthem “Battle Cry!” The band won Music Video Asheville awards for those songs.
“My soul is from Detroit,” Krisko, 37, a suburban Royal Oak, Mich., resident, said. She said rock singing is quite “cathartic and therapeutic.” She “grew up in musical theater” and trained in NYC.
Horizon of Stardom
Seymour likes “Steamroller” best for its extra energy and rhythmic flow. “Every Step” zooms in tempo and intensity in the chorus. That is another signature tune from the 2016 CD From the Horizon. That CD also features the soulful “Electric Light,” and the smooth-flowing “On the Edge.”
“Eyes of a Woman” in ‘16 is about tiring of “push and pull,” going “against the grain,” and yearning to “see the world.” The character realizes “time is on your side” and learns to trust in the future. Krisko once told a concert crowd that a song is “the story of my life.”
Debut CD Dodge the Arrow in 2013 features the cover of soul hit (Can’t Stop) “Loving You,” also peppy “Don’t Waste It” and “Hide Yourself Away,” and Bulletproof” which builds to a crescendo. That CD reached fourth on the college radio charts. It earned the band Best New Artist and Album of the Year runner-up from the Homegrown Music Network.
The band and Asheville Music Hall (AMH) are both linked to Grammy-winning blue-rock singer Susan Tedeschi. Two members of the Tedeschi Trucks Band produced the latest CD, when the band was simply known as The Broadcast. Last year, Krisko’s name formally went in front. Guitar wizard Derek Trucks played in AMH (then Stella Blue) in 2000 when he was 20 and engaged to Tedeschi. She joined him for an encore song.
To sample original songs by Caitlin Krisko and The Broadcast, go to this Spotify link: https://spoti.fi/3ExArBk
The Nov. 5 show has general admission and mostly standing room. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets each cost $15 (plus a $4.51 fee) in advance, or $21.57 total at the door if not sold out. To buy tickets, go to: https://bit.ly/3T7HCnV