King plays Telecaster guitar, BLUES, ORIGINAL MUSIC, jazzy blues,
'Nawlin's music and SWING, Rock 'n Roll/rhythm and blues and
sweet ballads. She was born in Washington DC and attended the
University of Md. and earned her degree in Journalism, and subsequently
worked at ABC news after college, before making the decision
to put journalism on the back burner as the call to sing, write
and perform music was overwhelming.
the years she has played at many events, clubs, outdoor concerts,
great blues festivals, (such as Springing the Blues in Jacksonville
Florida for 20,000 attendees, and the BlueBird Festival in Largo
Maryland with such greats as Little Milton and the Holmes Brothers)
-and the band plays all kinds of venues: festivals and clubs,
receptions, corporate events, parties, city festivals, and many
outdoor summer shows at theatres.
a student at University of Maryland Cathy met Muddy Waters several
times at his concerts backstage and Cathy learned to love his
style of playing guitar and passionate vocals. Her friends the
Nighthawks brought her backstage for many shows and she always
enjoyed his warmth and friendliness and the way he performed
so commandingly on stage with deep deep blues.
she got the chance to open for Albert King's band at the Wax
Museum in Washington, once a large concert venue, and he called
her on stage to sing with his band. She also opened for blues
greats Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Earl King, Bo Diddley, Willie
Dixon, Son Seals, Paul Butterfield, Roomful of Blues(with Ronnie
Earl on guitar),Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, the late Clarence
Gatemouth Brown, and Buddy Guy. At the time Cathy was launching
her own music career, many of these giants of blues were older
and most of them have passed on now. Her education and learning
in the style and family feeling and affection with these musicians,
has left her with indelible memories and love for the musicians
and their music and the sacrifices they made for the music,
and she got to meet and socialize and learn and get to know
this passing generation at a time when their
careers were ending, and hers was just beginning. Fortuitous
performed a set at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival , which
was headlined by Mavis Staples and the Steve Cropper band. Her
band has played the Kennedy Center "Open House" festival,
the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage Series , she's played the
Wolf Trap jazz and blues festival with Keb' Mo', and Richard
Thompson Band; she's done concerts at Carter Barron Amphitheater,
played the Cape Charles Blues Festival with Bobby Blue Bland
and Bo Diddley, performed at ARTSCAPE Baltimore in fall 2001
-billed along with Ray Charles and Etta James; played the Merriweather
Post Pavilion Wine Festival, the Tinner Hill Festival in Falls
Church , Va., and many concerts with the late great guitarist
Bobby Parker, whose last concert was with Cathy at Bethesda
Blues and Jazz Supper Club before his untimely death in October
has three CDs of original blues, swing, rockabilly and beautiful
World renowned Blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery played guitar
on her first, "LOVIN' YOU RIGHT", and he returned
again on her latest, "THE CRUX" which also features
the great Ronnie Earl on lead guitar, as well as the late great
legendary bassist Butch Warren (who played bass with Miles Davis,Herbie
Hancock, and Thelonious Monk) as a guest bassist on two of Cathy's
original compositions. Her CDs are played from coast to coast
on various radio stations such as WWOZ in New Orleans, WRFG
in Atlanta, WMNF Tampa, and of course her hometown blues and
jazz station WPFW in Washington DC. Many blues DJs around the
world feature Cathy's music such as "Drivin' Home with
the Blues" in Cairns, (northeast coast) of Australia with
Irene Barrett, ROOTS General De Wittestraat 1, a blues program
in Belgium-and 'Blues and Friends' www.baarnfm.nl, With BERTWIN,
in the Netherlands, and Italy's Simon Bargelli - www.radiorcc.com
On each of her CDs, Cathy has written the songs along with her
songwriter producer husband Jeff King. A new EP was released
in 2013, which is also all original songs with Cathy harmonizing
with four Washington DC blues women singers, on "THAT'S
WHEN A WOMAN CALLS THE BLUES BY NAME", and a DUET with
the great legendary singer Joe Triplett , on "FAMOUS LAST
and her husband Jeff live in Vienna Virginia and continue to
write and record and her band is in demand for all kinds of
music festivals and events for the soulful and high energy show.
Cathy's set features a mix of her love of traditional blues,
mixed with her swing, and ballads and rock and roll upbeat songs
which brings the dancers to their feet.
from Spanish Bluesman, musician and DJ Vincente Zumel, of "THE
CRUX": 2013 Review
MUY BUENO. Third album in the career of this wonderful singer
and guitarist called Cathy Ponton King, this time, with the
valuable collaboration of guitar players Ronnie Earl and Jimmy
Thackery, to round up a delicious work based on blues and ballads.
You will also find the good work of jazz and fusion bass player
Butch Warren, an effective hard musician, who gives strength
and a fine texture to the songs "Sweet Change To My Heart"
and "Little House In The Country". All the selected
material has been written by Cathy herself, who has been involved
for more than twenty years in the music business. As she has
not done so much work in studio till now, this new album is
even more welcomed. "The Crux" also includes some
great musicians, like saxo player Ron Holloway, a genuine versattile
musician, whose fruitful career places him as one of the best
actual saxo players. Less well known Bill Starks on piano and
Antoine Sanfuentes on drums, show a good virtouso technique
at their instruments too. In short words, this is a good album
that will drive you along the long and winding roads of blues,
with very pleasant feelings. VERY GOOD.---"La Hora del
Blues" Radio Show from Barcelona (Spain)
REVIEW OF "THE CRUX"
- TONY DEL REY, Boston Blues Society :The
quick-tempo, boogie-woogie hum of "I'm Just A Woman"
has a wired feel, while the laid-back groove of "Bridges
That You Burned" finds its charged brilliance in Ron Holloway's
saxophone clarion call. Even a relaxed chug-along like King's
elementary "Blues Companion," can't help but build
to a propulsive swing as it heads to the fade.
Serving as the album's fulcrum, however, are its ballads. The
trio of gems that King bequeaths to her listeners is unabashedly
ripe with feeling. "Cerulean Blues," "Tattoo
On My Heart," and "Sweet Change To My Heart,"
all bear the scars of King's anguish, the suffering blood that
flows within those who have found love, only to lose it.
Nowhere does emotion run deeper than on "Tattoo,"
where King's gorgeous leap to falsetto at the song's refrain,
"It's four o'clock in the morning," carries with it
all the despair that one heart can stand. Who hasn't been there?
Clearly, The Crux deserves to be applauded as much for its emotional
resonance as its stellar musicianship. The effort King has put
forth stands on its own merit as a living, breathing entity.
The only "crux" involved in the matter is the concept
of a blues album built on pure expression of feeling rather
than a fusillade of fast wrist-work. And that's something to
cluck over. -2012 Review of CD "THE CRUX"
MUSIC magazine: Sept. 2013
1st edition, www.bluesmusicmagazine.com
PONTON KING -The CRUX Long Gone Records
Cathy Ponton King, a female vocalist and guitarist and 20 -year
veteran of the blues and bar scene in and around Washington
DC, and Baltimore, has teamed with long time musician friends
to create a fresh slate of compositions that affectionately
embrace the blues and balladry.
"SUGARFACE", the earthy punch initial track on THE
CRUX, hgas a nice melody, solid instrumental parts, guitar,
horns, rhythm section. Contrast that with the graceful "Cerulean
Blues", which possesses a
literary quality and imagery not often achieved by those who
strive for it.
CRUX's ambitious tableau deserves a complimentary frame, that's
what King has wisely constructed for us here. Ronnie Earl plays
guitar for her on several tracks, and Jimmy Thackery(a friend
since grade school), mans the frets for most of the others.
Dan Hovey and Dave Chappell -- celebrated in this region, if
not beyond, offer their guitar artistry to the effort as well.
Saxman extraordinare Ron Holloway, who's worked with Dizzy Gillespie,
Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Root Boy Slim, elevates the discourse
just that much more.
nice little Cajun-style two step, called "I Want You to
Be Happy", finds Tom Corradino stitching the song together
with his piano accordian. Supplying the Bottom are two of the
finest bassists available in this or any region, John Previti
( who worked with the departed "Master of the Telecaster",
Danny Gatton, and the late songstress Eva Cassidy). Then there's
the renowned bassist Butch Warren. He's recorded with jazz piano
colossi Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Henderson; trumpeters
Donald Byred and the mystic Miles Davis, and the reedman Dexter
Gordon Jackie McLean, Stanley Turrentine and Joe Henderson.
Name Dropping? Well yes. But these names are of a heft that,
when dropped, like E.F. Hutton,
the musical conversation stops.
I do have one slight grouse, not of King's doing. Too often
she's been portrayed as another Bonnie Raitt (presumably because
she sings and also plays a guitar. DUH). That's not an apt comparison.
Her voice lacks Raitt's range and sonority (which can be said
of many a vocalist). King knows her comfort zone, however, and
she stays within it; her sensibilities and presentation achieve
a bluesy style worthy of a larger footprint than she already
enjoys. She (along with husband Jeff King), writes sophisticated
blues music, she delivers it honestly , proudly, and
gracefully. -- written by M. E. Travaglini