Lowly Violet

Kathy Greenholdt
Release date
24 Sep 2009
Running length
8 tracks
Running time



    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Life Is Bigger 4:05 8
2 My Choice 3:55 8
3 Fire 4:05 8
4 Dance Floor 4:09 8
5 Girl from Illinois 2:43 8
6 Prayer to Saint Therese 3:02 7
7 The Dream 2:40 6
8 The Hawk 3:59 5

About this album

Kathy Greenholdt’s folk-rock songs pull you inside the mysteries of her — and your — daily existence, offering up secrets from life in the American Midwest.


• Kathy’s new album, Lowly Violet, was featured as one of the best new releases by women songwriters in Chicago on WXRT-FM’s “Local Anesthetic.”

• Kathy’s music was selected for the international songwriter compilation Females on Fire Vol. 3, produced by Gilli Moon and Warrior Girl Music in Los Angeles.

• BBC Radio 2 deejay Steve Lamacq played Kathy’s music as the focus of a listener call-in contest.


In 2002, at the squarely-middle age of 38, Kathy picked up a guitar for the first time. That year she also wrote her first song and has since gone on to record four collections of original music.


Discussing “Fire” from Lowly Violet: “Here’s something I dug up in putting together this past Sunday’s show on women in Chicago music and dug it so much I wanted to play it as a ‘Capsule’ this week.” — Richard Milne, host of Local Anesthetic and Local Anesthetic Capsule, WXRT-FM, Chicago

Reviewing Lowly Violet: “Lyrically astute Americana folk from an intelligent middle-aged woman’s perspective; a welcome change to the suddenly male-dominated genre.” — Smother Magazine

“[‘Summer’s Through’] is just a gorgeously understated piece of songwriting… [Wake-Up Prayer] has been in the pile of must-listen-to-them-again CDs for ages… I ended up playing it five times in a row, so apologies to the nextdoor neighbor.” — Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 2

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