Just a little part 70’s folk rock, one quart deep south country, Catherine (Cat) Tunks is a performing artist that doesn’t buy into the genre moulding factory very easily.
Guitar in hand one can hear influences of Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, and Emmy Lou Harris, in her songwriting. Mixing in a little black magic and gospel, she can rise to moments of Aretha Franklin-esque energy in her live vocals - and here you will find yourself on a road trip through the land where the boundaries of blues, americana, jazz and country become one, with those bona fide band boys in the back seat and this mama firmly at the steering wheel.
As the former band leader and vocalist of New Zealand jazz/funk group BlackSandDiva for the best part of a decade, she travelled the world as performing and recording artist with two acclaimed albums, an impressive list of festival appearances and collaborations with musicians from all over the globe.
2016 saw the release of EP The Beautiful Dreamers, 2019 bring us the singles BLIND FAITH and THE DRINKING SONG as her loyal following awaits the forthcoming 2019 album BE LIKE WATER.
With her stellar live band combining pedal and lap steel, hammond organ, hypnotising guitar accompaniment and vocals that soar through many moods, she gives her audience an obvious seduction that comes only from a life well lived on and off the stage.