Show Review

Paul F. P. Pogue

Ohio's Katie Reider performs at the Indy Hostel.

Katie Reider

Indy Hostel Feb. 18

Katie Reider grew up in the music business very much surrounded by the technical side, working with her father in his audio business. Now, as a traveling singer/songwriter, her work is largely low-tech, but she's got a strong grip on the technique needed to make it work.

Reider has a chatty demeanor and pleasantly charismatic stage presence, a casual and open-ended feel that neatly suits the living-room atmosphere at Indy Hostel. She didn't even have a playlist in mind going in, but making it up as she went along seemed to turn out okay.

She possesses a strong, clear voice that has been compared to some of the most successful singer/songwriters of the day, such as Jewel and Shawn Colvin. But there's a feeling all her own as she opens up her heart and mental diary on subjects like divorce, lost love, and the joy of her child. Her complex guitar rhythms are reminiscent of both Ani DiFranco and early Tom Petty. She's exactly in the midrange of the singer/songwriter spectrum: too experienced to be innocent, not yet weary enough to be cynical. Hers is a world where things go wrong an awful lot but hope remains.

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