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Female folk-rocker plays Loaded Joe’s in Avon

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailySinger/songwriter Toni Catlin, whose nonmusical activities include skiing, horseback riding and biking, will play original songs tomorrow night at Loaded Joe's, many of them from her two independently produced albums.

Toni Catlin decided she wanted to become a musician and then she made it happen.

She went from a childhood in Vermont to working the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to Nashville, Tennessee where she immersed herself in the songwriter’s world. She heeded the advice of many of her friends in the music industry who said that Nashville was the place to be if she wanted to get noticed, possibly even get signed to a label, as a songwriter.

“I would say Nashville was a great place to develop myself and challenge myself musically,” Catlin said.

Nashville was just one step in a career that would quickly accelerate into playing music festivals throughout the South, an overseas tour in the United Kingdom and recording her first CD, “Heartache On The Run.” Throughout the process she has remained fiercely independent by staying away from major label excesses, and she’s proud of it. While not achieving the breakout status of Sheryl Crow or Shawn Colvin, she also said she won’t let music control her life. When she’s not busy writing, recording or playing music Catlin said she loves to ski and bike and is an outdoor enthusiast by nature. The more cerebral aspects of music and songwriting counterbalances the active side of her life, she said.

Catlin is hesitant to boast about her accomplishments, even shy, as if she has no desire to have a spotlight shine on her. But according to her, that’s just not true.

“If I had the opportunity to get to the next level with my music, I would ” I’d go for it,” said Catlin, who remains determined to find success on her own terms by marketing herself independently and through avenues that don’t involve major labels or corporate contracts. Stardom doesn’t appeal to Catlin, but getting her music into more listeners ears does, finding the happy medium between the two is the hard part, she said.

Since recording “Heartache On The Run,” Catlin has recorded two other albums, one called “Covered,” an all cover-song acoustic project, and “Uncovered,” a more rootsy folk-rock album of original songs that she said is more her natural writing style.

“I think both my singing and songwriting has gotten a lot stronger and I would say this most recent album is more representative of, you know, who I am now,” Catlin said.

High Life writer Charlie Owen can be reached at 748-2939 or cowen@vaildaily.com.

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