❀ Cosmic Americana Electric Swamp Psychedelia ❀
The Katie Skene Band is a blues & Americana band that infuses the twang of southern rock with the cosmic sounds of California. Originally from Tallahassee, FL and currently based in Ventura, CA, Katie's music embodies the melding of her Southern roots with a decade spent on the West Coast. Through the prism of Katie's evocative vocals, personal songwriting and masterful guitar work, the band blends electric swamp blues with jam-band psychedelia. Onstage, they bring a joyful, incendiary energy that combines timeless songwriting with improvised jams. Their performance incorporates funky far-out synths, soaring southern-fried guitar, colorful keyboards and intoxicating blues-drenched vocals, all laid over a deeply pocketed groove. Their music revives the spirit of bands like The Allman Brothers Band and Grateful Dead, maintaining an unpredictable quality that still feels familiar.
Katie has shared the stage with many legendary artists and musicians, including Bob Weir & Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Col. Bruce Hampton (Aquarium Rescue Unit), Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), and more. Since their inception in 2021, the band has played up and down the west coast and have opened for and co-headlined with bands including Diggin' Dirt, Hot Buttered Rum, The Coffis Brothers, Mapache, and Dan Horne Band, and have performed at festivals including June Lake Jam Fest, Lucidity Festival, Suwannee Roots Revival, Surf Rodeo, Summer's End Half Moon Bay, and Love Long Beach.
Katie received a B.M. in Popular Music Performance from the University of Southern California. Since graduating in 2015, Katie has worked primarily on the West Coast, performing in the Jam-Band & Americana scene and collaborating with many legendary artists and musicians. Her second EP, “Toward the Tide” was released in May 2023, with a full length LP to follow next year. Katie's other projects include jam-band supergroup California Kind (with John Molo, Pete Sears, Barry Sless & Rob Barraco) and a collaboration with instrumental funk-world music band, TV Broken 3rd Eye Open.