Cathy Richardson: Jefferson Starship - Big Brother and the Holding Company
I recently had a chance to speak with Grammy nominated singer Cathy Richardson. There are a lot of people who have done versions of Janis Joplin songs but few who can truly capture the essence of the wild woman of rock and roll. That is exactly what was required when Cathy Richardson was selected to portray Janis Joplin in the Off Broadway show Love, Janis.
During her time in the role she worked with Sam Andrew from Big Brother and the Holding Company who was the music director for the project. That role led to Cathy being asked to join Big Brother and tour with the band.
She was singing for Big Brother during the 40th Anniversary of The Summer of Love Tour when she was introduced to the members of headliners Jefferson Starship. It was on that tour that she was asked to take over as lead singer for Jefferson Starship.
Along with her work with both of those iconic bands Cathy also has her own bands, The Cathy Richardson Band and a new project, The Macrodots, with former Scandal guitarist Zack Smith.
JEFFERSON STARSHIP Interview Cathy Richardson - Big Brother & The Holding Company (Video)
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Hi, this is Tricia from Interviews from the Edge and I'm talking to Cathy Richardson. How are you doing today Cathy?
I'm great Tricia, how are you?
I'm doing pretty good! You are like, my hero... You are an amazing, kick ass, rock chick!
You've been playing for quite a while. You've been nominated for a Grammy. And you hooked up with, the first band was Big Brother and the Holding Co., right?
How did you guys meet each other?
Well, I was doing an Off Broadway show called Love, Janis and Sam Andrew, the guitarist from Big Brother and the Holding Co., was the music director. So I worked with him in that capacity. The show was music and letters that Janis (Joplin) had written to her mother from the time that she ran away to San Francisco and became a rock star. That brief moment in time where she shot up from nobody knew who she was, to being a legend of rock.
It's a very interesting play. Very interesting to read these letters that she wrote home to her mom during that time. Most people don't even think of Janis Joplin as having a mom, you know?
I was playing the "Singing Janis," and that's where I met Sam. I did the show in a few different cities, ended up doing it in San Francisco in 2006 and moving out there. So I was living in San Francisco and they were going out on a tour--the 40th Anniversary of The Summer of Love--and they asked me to be their singer on that tour.Continued on the next page