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Blues was and is a prominent influence for me, but certainly not the only one. I began studying flamenco when I was 17. I studied with Beau Bledsoe for three years, and accompanied dancers at his school of flamenco, Manos Rojas, for two years. After having immersed myself into two seemingly vastly different styles of music, I realized that what drew me to both styles initially was the raw passion, the movement and emotions that both can evoke from a listener and a player simultaneously.
Today I enjoy performing in many diverse styles--blues, flamenco, rock & roll, folk--in a growing number of bands and projects that allow me to continue the musical education I began twenty years ago, as well as entertain and affect audiences in Kansas City and beyond.
Katy guillen and the girlsThis blues-influenced roots rock trio, comprised of Katy (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums), is one of Kansas City's most exciting up-and-coming bands. Their sound is characterized by searing, lively guitar licks; heavy, driving drums; and rock-solid basslines. The combination of Katy's soulful vocals and Claire's intense harmonies add a fierce punch to Katy's songwriting. With influences drawn from rock & roll contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, to timeless guitar god Jimi Hendrix, to sweet songstress Patty Griffin, KG&G have been known to pack a blues-and-BBQ roadhouse just as easily as a multi-bill alternative venue.
The B'Dinas were formed in the summer of 2009 and have been crafting party-ready rock 'n roll ever since, with elements of blues, pop, funk, and psychedelia all rolled into one sonic package. Featuring Katy on lead guitar and vocals.
claire and the crowded stage
Claire and the Crowded Stage is an old-fashioned pop rock explosion, with eight musicians crafting songs out of the soulful melodies of Claire Adams. Katy flexes her muscles on guitar, mandolin, and vocals.
quirk and ruckus
Katy and Claire team up again for the tiny instrument duet Quirk & Ruckus. A combination of mandolin, ukulele, and harmonies both heart-warming and haunting delivers Appalachian sounds from the heartland.
- Michael Byars, The Deli Magazine - Kansas City
"She excelled at every aspect of playing flamenco, which can be a really demanding style to master," Bledsoe said. "There is an inherent sexism in the guitar world, especially flamenco guitar world. She would surpass all of the male students. So, I'd try to leverage that by telling the guys, 'Katy can do it.'"
- Timothy Finn, The Kansas City Star
"Katy plays her guitar as if it is an extension of her body -- there is no separation between her and the music. The music flows through her and pours out in soul filled riffs and heart wrenching melodies. It is a truly inspiring experience to watch her play."
- Ashley Jones, The Independent Platte
"Whether by choice or by chance, the lineup thus far had built up to a swelling climax that could have potentially come crashing down if someone closed the night and was not prepared to hand the crowd their asses on a plate of rock (don't let that imagery slip past you). Lucky for the audience, Katy Guillen (of The B'Dinas) took the stage and dished out a three-course meal of ass (already regretting that metaphor)"
- Greg Stitts, Riot on the PLaza
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