Singer-songwriter Sabrina Weeks calls Kamloops home.
She and her band Swing Cat Bounce have performed in festivals and concerts in the area for years. However, ever since they released their 2010 debut album, Tales From Lenny’s Diner, it seems a whole new generation of fans has “discovered” their tricked up, retro R & B, bouncing boogie blues, vintage swing style and witty, fun loving tunes that set them apart for other groups.
Weeks told the Free Press Thursday she and her band looks forward to playing the Blues Underground’s first dance of the season Oct. 15 at the Kinsmen Community Centre.
“That’s the kind of venue we like to play. We play fun, high energy, dance band music and we like to see lots of people on the dance floor rocking out to boogie blues. We love doing the dances where people come out to hear us because they love the music. I won’t do bar gigs anymore though where they put you in front of the TV where people are trying to watch sports or when you have to wait until the hockey game is over to start playing. (She laughs.)”
Weeks has been composing songs since she was 10. Her lyrics come from life.
Tales From Lenny’s Diner has lyrics that are witty and fun and relevant for women. It took the 2011 BCIMA Blues Album of the Year Award.
Weeks’ band line-up is Mike Hilliard (guitar), Ed Hilliard (drums), Ken Sell (bass) and Bill White (rhythm guitar). Their 11-track debut album has all but one song written by Weeks and Mike Hilliard. It was recorded in Vancouver with producer Jack Lavin.
The track list includes Boogie Downtown, Fingers in My Pocket and Thinking of You. The album won the 2011 BCIMA Blues Album of the Year Award. Weeks’ songs have charted in the Top 10 global blues RMR charts, voted Top 100 in Real Blues. The band’s album is available on CD Baby and on iTunes.
Weeks thinks maybe it’s time to talk about doing another one.
“We’ve just started talking about making a new album and we’ve said we’d like it be more bitey and sound a lot more gritty to reflect things that matter to us. Tales From Lenny’s Diner are funny, tongue in check tunes and that’s who we are too but now we’re trying to make it sound a lot more gritty.
“When we play our own societies’ festivals, our own all ages events, people bring out their teenage son who wants to jam out.”
Now 40, Weeks went through a personal journey recently that she says has changed her and her music for the better.
“Last August, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It changes your life. Now I am deeper, I feel more deeply, so I express things more deeply. I think that will be reflected in future lyrics and songs. For me, the hardest part is finding how to navigate through, to find a place where you’re not afraid to live.”
Counselling in Kamloops helped, she said.
“The things I learned there changed my life. Cancer was a trigger to change my life.You can look at it positively or negatively. I feel that I’ve been given a gift of life and music is a huge part of that.”‘
After treatment, Weeks reports she’s doing fine. In fact, she can’t wait to get back on the road.
“No Detour (the name of one their songs on Tales from Lenny’s Diner).”
Sabrina Weeks and her band Swing Cat Bounce play the Kinsmen Community Centre, 888 Kinsmen Place on Saturday, Oct. 15 for Blues Underground Network’s first dance of the season. Tickets are $25 ($20 members.) Find artist information at www.swingcatbounce.shawwebspace.ca.