Katie set to liven up town

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Singer/songwriter Katie Thompson has been a fan of her backing band – The Shot Band – for about 10 years.

And the singer’s Lipstick, Lies and Gasoline tour – playing at the Penguin Club in Oamaru tonight – was so titled after the discovery of a mutual love for Fred Eaglesmith’s music.

“I became a fan of The Shot Band after seeing them perform about 10 years ago. I loved Dead in the Water and, when I contacted them about covering the song on my new EP, we decided we should work together,” Thompson said.

“We have since performed together in Nelson and Blenheim, and cannot wait to bring our show on the road.”

Thompson and The Shot Band have also just released a joint single, a new version of Stevie Nicks’ and Tom Petty’s Stop Dragging My Heart Around.

Thompson is no stranger to Oamaru, having recorded the music video of her song Cruel to be Kind here in January last year.

The video, showcasing the harbour, the Victorian Precinct and the airport, has now had more than 22,600 views.

Oamaru was chosen as the location as it provided a backdrop unlike anywhere else in New Zealand.

Thompson said the response had been “ridiculous”.

Despite its release over a year ago, she continued to hear from people, particularly from overseas, who stumbled across it online and loved the Oamaru backdrop.

It was Thompson’s first visit to Oamaru and she said the town was “beautiful” and she is looking forward to returning today. She has just released her live EP Moving On, featuring her version of The Shot Band’s Dead in the Water.

Christchurch-based Thompson, who opened for Elton John at his only New Zealand concert in 2011, was a nominee for Female Artist of the Year at the NZ Country Music Awards last year. She has a hugely emotive voice and an ability to capture a slice of everyday life in her music.

Wellington-based The Shot Band was formed from an onstage rehearsal nearly a decade ago and features Rob Joass, Hamish Graham and Bill Hickman.

The gig starts at 8pm. Tickets are $15 for Penguin Club members, $20 for non-members.

By Rebecca Ryan