Kathy Moser and Soular Sisters bring message to Steve’s
“When you ask Potato Bill about Bill Bob’s revival/He’ll tell you Mountain Medicine was the key to his survival/Thank goodness he could turn to KDNK.” – “KDNK Pledge Drive” song, Kathy MoserCARBONDALE – Local KDNK talent has been immortalized in these lyrics by national-touring, award-winning singer-songwriter Kathy Moser, who is playing Steve’s Guitars today. She shares the stage throughout the set with Carbondale Talent Show winners the Soular Sisters.
The KDNK song is one example of how the New Jersey-based Moser uses music as a tool to communicate her message and help change the world. Like plumbing and electrical work, she said, music is necessary in day-to-day living. “When music can be directly useful, that’s good,” Moser said. Known for her poetic lyrics, driving guitar style and goofy stage presence, Moser puts her lyrics to work for countless benefits, community-supported radio, teen drug prevention and environmentally friendly building techniques. “The natural building movement has brought a lot of positive energy to my life and my work. People say ‘Be the change you want to see.’ I say ‘Build the change you want to see,'” said Moser, who highlights green building on her Web site and is involved with developing New Jersey’s first co-housing complex.Soular Sister Soozie Lindbloom noted that although tonight’s performance will feature only three of the sisters, they are looking forward to singing with a national-touring musician who is like-minded.
“Kathy’s songs are right up our alley. A lot of them are about what we’re teaching (at Solar Energy International) – clean energy, less wasteful living,” Lindbloom said. She, Laura Bartels and Stacy Stein will sing backup on a few of Moser’s songs, and Moser will play guitar on a few of their songs. The remaining sisters are scheduled to be in Denver for SEI’s “Solar Industry Seminar.” Nevertheless, Lindbloom said they’re out to have fun and if they can send a message at the same time, that’s even better. “There is a renewed interest in how we can work together – using better building materials, efficient transportation, energy use. The choices we make do have an impact.” Moser has found that pouring her time into the natural building movement has been constructive. She had performed at a lot of war protests but after awhile wanted to surround herself with more happy people and fewer angry people.
“We need the fighters,” she said, “but I decided that I needed to skip the resistance and go right to transformation. Joy is sustainable and resistance isn’t.”In addition to making waves in the green industry, Moser is making a difference among the teenage population. She supports teen drug prevention programs and, in general, honors teens as contributing members in society. To that end, she has established a scholarship fund to send four teens to the Natural Building Colloquium, where she believes their energy will be put to good use. “Teens are ready to do stuff and our culture doesn’t have things ready for them. … They’re so awake in so many ways,” she said. Proceeds from her shows and CD sales will help fund the scholarship program, which will cost about $1,500 total. The KDNK Pledge Drive song and another single, “Straw, Clay, Wood, Stone,” will be on sale today, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the fund. Doors for tonight’s concert open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30. For more information, visit stevesguitars.net or kathymoser.com.
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