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Not only is Katie O. a strong vocalist and rockin’ guitarist, but she’s O. so glamorous and O. so fun. Yup, she’s the entire package and exactly what country music is looking for these days. If my job was focused in the artist and repertoire area, I’d take her. She has what it takes to make it.

Katie O. standing in street with guitar

Picture courtesy of Katie O.

Katie is from the Upper Ohio Valley – Powhatan Point, Ohio, to be exact. Do you know who else is from the Ohio Valley? Country superstar Brad Paisley was born and raised there as well. Now that’s what a girl needs to have some confidence. It is possible for someone from a small town to make it big.

Making it big involves expanding your fan base, and the Rockin’ Country Festival is (hopefully) playing a role in it. Katie is excited to debut in Northeast Ohio, and the Pufferbelly Restaurant is equally excited to have her. Katie opens the Walk of Fame night of the Rockin’ Country Festival. She’ll be entertaining guests beginning at 5:30 p.m. on April 1.

Entertaining is definitely the key word in that sentence. Katie really gets into her shows because she’s so passionate about what she’s doing, about what she’s singing. Katie said she chose to sing country music because it defined her best.

Plus – here comes the re-emerging theme of this blog and festival – country music is the genre the Ohio Valley related to musically and lyrically. And Jamboree in the Hills, country’s biggest party of the summer, is right down the road, giving her so many opportunities to sing along with some of the biggest country stars.

“The energy of a crowd that size is unbelievable,” Katie said, referring to Jambo (Ohio Valley native lingo – I’m from there, so I’m allowed to say it, too). She’s had the opportunity to perform in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Here’s part of the 2010 performance with her band mate Corey Congilio.

Although Katie sings covers of some of the top country performers, she definitely has the knack for making them her own. Obviously. Isn’t that one of the qualities American Idol judges looked for from contestants? Indeed, it is, in addition to the ability to write your own songs.

“Here come the butterflies, the fireflies, oh inside of me. And you say how you been, and I fake smile.”

That’s one of Katie’s originals. Her self-penned song “Butterflies and Fireflies” is catchy. I like to sing along. You should, too. Remember. April 1 at 5:30 p.m.

Katie reminds me of Carrie Underwood, one of my all-time favorites. I’m always singing Carrie’s songs in my head (and in my car, duh).And not surprisingly, Mrs. Underwood is one of Katie’s idols. Her strong vocals and success are idol worthy, for sure.

“Thelma and Louise.” I think I’ve listened to that song about 10 times since I’ve been writing this blog. Along with “You Get Me.” And “That’s All I Better Say About That.” Yes, more Katie originals. I love them. And I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with her show by any means.

Katie O. posed with her guitar on a creek's edge

Picture courtesy of Katie O.

Katie said there are more originals to come later this year. She has an album in the works and continues to write music with Corey, who Katie says helps her become a stronger musician.

“Hold on Thelma…you’re gonna need a Louise.”

Is Corey Katie’s Louise? This sounds like trouble. Just kidding. They make a great team, and I look forward to hearing her new songs.

O.K. I’m off to sing along to Ms. Katie O. Don’t make fun of me too much if you see me at the festival singing either.

“You can’t sweet talk your enemy…”


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