Ballad of a Bad Girl tops the charts!

August 2021

Whew! Haven't posted in a while! So happy to announce that Ballad of a Bad Girl charted at #6 in May and #5 in June on the Folk DJ charts. And it continues to receive very respectable airplay (in the top 20) ever since. This is very exciting!

Also, the reviews of Ballad of a Bad Girl are rolling in. Here's a recent one from Marilyn Rea Beyer:

In Kate McDonnell's songs you will find characters and witness scenes you'd have missed, or maybe just caught out of the corner of your eye. McDonnell zooms in to make you see and feel things you didn't even know were there - all with exceedingly fine guitar work and a mossy, alluring voice. I just love this record. Marilyn Rea Beyer, host - WFMT's The Midnight Special (Chicago)


You can still order Ballad of a Bad Girl singles or full album in the "Recordings/Store" page or hit "Order" below.


New Release for 2021! Ballad of a Bad Girl

Kate's 5th album offers more of the same deft songwriting and musicianship as her previous recordings. She is joined by well-known musicians Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta, and shares songwriting credits with Anne Lindley on most of the songs. Listeners are also treated to a couple of surprise cover tunes. You can order an old-school CD and digital downloads here!

a little about kate


Kate McDonnell, singer-songwriter, plays her guitar upside down and backward and sings with her whole being. She has performed solo at the Newport Folk Festival, on the Mountain Stage radio show, on WXPN’s World Café, and at the Kennedy Center.  Her award-winning songwriting has been singled out for praise  by the Village Voice, Sing Out!, the Boston Globe and Dirty Linen. Kate has two CDs on Waterbug Records, and one each on Appleseed Recordings and Brambus Records. Kate took a break in 2006 to earn her master’s degree at Smith College in child therapy. But since the muse never stops haunting the artist, Kate decided to go back into the studio to record her fifth CD, Ballad of a Bad Girl to be released in early 2021. Kate teams up again with her songwriting partner Anne Lindley to present a fresh batch of soulful, fierce, and engaging new songs.

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