The Flying Salvias have been called "Ameri-kinda Alt Everything" and "Alt Cabaret". Henry is well known for his expressive piano style and impressive chops, and Kathleen's voice can go from a whisper to a roar and back again with heartfelt emotional appeal. Their musical palette is large and many-colored. Lyrics sometimes appear to be "whimsical", but don't be fooled; there is always an under-painting of deeper meaning. Musical boundaries are blurred with just the right touch of whatever influence is needed, be it blues, country, jazz, tango, or rock 'n roll.
She is a musical gadabout. He is a musical sponge. Here is their story:
She was in Classic Country Heaven in San Francisco. He was in Top 40 Hell in Detroit.
She co-founds The Rayons, a new wave girl group, in 1982 and goes on to help form the original progressive metal band Holy Mary. She also becomes a founding member of the Incredible 60's Rock and Soul Review (IRS) with blues king Chris Cobb and the late great, Jo Baker (Stoneground).
Ready to put years of playing in Detroit Top 40 bands behind him, Henry is ready for a change. He goes to San Francisco, but he does not wear flowers in his hair. He joins The Billy Band, aka The Rounders, a hugely popular local country-rock band. He gets invited to sit in with IRS, and there he meets Kathleen for the first time.
Fast forward one year to The Hurricanes, a Blues Rock-Americana band, and the beginning of a lasting personal and musical relationship.
We're in the early 90's by now. Following their individual muses, she joins up with Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and he becomes a founding member of jump-swing band, Johnny Nocturne. They both travel the world for several years.
They continue to work together, creating the Kathy N. Right project. A country/pop/blues/rock/gospel CD is born, called "Long Way Around”. They then form The Ray Price Club, with steel player Joe Goldmark and their beloved friend, Kathi Kamen Goldmark. "Older Than Him (The Slut Song)" is written and recorded by the Kath Sisters (Kathleen and Kathi) and popularized by author rock band, The Rock Bottom Remainders (Amy Tan, Stephen King, Dave Barry). Both Kathleen and Henry record with David Bromberg Band alumni John Firmin and yet another late great, mandolinist Dick Fejy, on "The Firmin-Fejy Sessions." Somewhere during all this, the 21st century arrives.
We are now in the present decade. Henry has been playing with high octane Americana group Houston Jones since 2005 (now known as The Jones Gang) in that time recording 7 CDs, the latest Jones Gang CD being released in 2017.
In 2013 The Flying Salvias produce "Curious Bling," a look at the secrets of life and the mysteries of the universe put through a blender of beatnik, country, folk, and jazz influences. There are no love songs on this CD. It is acoustic, dark, sad, fun, questioning, complaining (only a little), and available for your listening pleasure on CD Baby.
August, 2017 saw the release of “The Nature of Things”, a collection of acoustic, original, Americana music reinforced with old-timey, hip, latin grooves by way of New Orleans and lyrics both fun and poignant. It is music to dance around the house with or sit on the sofa and cry to. Kathleen’s vocals move easily from playful to plaintive, with a haunting, romantic tone; Henry’s piano and accordion are right there with her, supplying his own signature lyrical unpredictability; an all star band completes the picture. "The Nature of Things" received airplay from over 150 non-commercial radio stations across the United States.