Nine Volt Heart pays Tribute to Kate Lorenz, local musician, teacher and VFR show host.

Kate Lorenz was first, for me, a friend. I imagine many folks felt the same way. Her easy smile and openness made her friends of many. We met at a gig for her band Rusty Belle in Amherst a dozen years or more ago. That meeting led to a friendship which renewed itself every time we connected over these may years. Kate became a programmer at our station, Valley Free Radio, spinning her favorite Classic Rock B-Sides on the Vinyl Countdown. I was honored to sit in on that program over the years when she needed to perform in her many bands or to see her beloved Bruce Springsteen in concert. It was during this time that Kate released her first solo album, “Sing When Lonely” and I convinced her to join me on my show for an in-studio chat and performance. This audio is pulled from that show. Kate sings three tunes live in-studio including the title cut, “Sing When Lonely”, “Slide Tackle into your Heart”, and “Yard Sale”. We also hear her singing with Chris Smither on his “Leave The Light On” from “Still on the Levee” along with her dedication of her song, “Dive Bar”.

It was a difficult segment for me to produce in light of her tragic early passing but listening to her laugh and her voice was proof that it captured her “sparkly” essence. I’ll always remember her last month when we saw each other at a music event. She was radiant at the outdoor show chasing after her three year old Pearl; both of them squealing with joy!! That’s how I’ll remember this jewel of a woman. I won’t be alone!

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