Meet: Katie Dobbins
Katie Dobbins grew up in New Hampshire, but now calls Somerville home. She has been drawn to music her whole life. Her dad was alway playing his guitar around the house, and her parents were always singing to her, from night-time lullabies to sing-a-longs in the radioless car! She dabbled with the piano at a very young age, and picked up the guitar in middle school. It was during these formative years that Katie and a friend started collaborating on songs, composing originals. From choir to coffee shops, and musical theater, Dobbins immersed herself in music. During her college years, she shied away from performing a bit. Fear and insecurity played a factor. It wasn't until she was 26 years old that she had enough of sitting on the sidelines watching everyone else do what they love, so Katie stepped out and followed her dreams! Her sound is drenched in folk, but with a contemporary country flair. A storytelling at heart, Dobbins definitely has a way of painting a picture, using not only her lyrics, but her vocal inflections. Sweet but bold, Katie's voice is reminiscent of one of her heroes, Jewel, only deeper... A fearless spirit with a gentle touch.
Katie In Concert
This "concert" before our Country 102.5 cameras happened recently in studio. We were privileged to host Katie and hear 2 of her originals!
Bring On The Fire
Stitch By Stitch
- Plays: Guitar, Piano
- Biggest influences: Shania Twain, Martina McBride and Jewel
- All-time favorite country song: "Anyway" by Martina McBride
- Current Country 102.5 favorites: "Most People Are Good," Luke Bryan, "Meant To Be" by Florida Georgia Line, with Bebe Rexha
- First country concert: Martina McBride- in early high school
- Since the release of her debut album, She Is Free, in 2017, Katie has been bringing her Let The Music Set You Free Tour to audiences all over New England, joining fellow singer/songwriters sharing songs and stories about breaking free from things that hold them back
- Favorite concerts: I love concerts at Meadowbrook Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, in my hometown of Guilford, NH. The venue is outdoors and fairly small, making for a great audience experience. My favorite one was Zac Brown Band, especially because they weren't super well-known yet, so we had great seats! I also loved watching Martina McBride because her songs feature empowering and positive lyrics. That really resonates with me
- Most proud moment: The CD release for my debut album, She Is Free, released at The Burren in Somerville on May 7, 2017
- Other talents: I'm a special education teacher, and I love to create things by hand, like drawings, paintings, and wood burnings
- Fun facts: I am currently in the process of hiking all 48 NH 4,000 footer mountains with my friend! I love puns. I randomly bust out awkwardly time and posed dance moves when I'm really happy. I love singing to my dog, and about my dog. And...I talk to my car like she's a person!
- June 2: Pembroke Old Farm Days at First Church in Pembroke, MA 7:00pm
- June 9: Arlington Porch Fest, Arlington, MA
- June 15: Belknap Mill Concert Series, Laconia, NH 6:00pm
- June 30: Maguires Tavern, Dracut, MA 7:00pm
- July 3: Patrick's Pub Open Mic (featured artist), Guilford, NH 8:00pm
- July 4: Katie Dobbins Annual July 4th Show, Meredith Corner, Meredith, NH
- July 16: The Acoustic Lounge, Plymouth MA - Women In Music Night
- July 30: Pembroke Public Library, Let The Music Set You Free show
- August 11: Hedge House in Plymouth, Summer Concert Series
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