“We feature a different female songwriter at random events, backing them on a few of their songs.”
The Groove Kitties are an all-girl group featuring San Diego performers Cathryn Beeks (Gandhi Method), Marcia Claire (Coyote Problem), Becky Fleming (the Ordeal), Garrison Bailey, and Nancy Bee. “I used to play in a female trio with Nancy about ten years ago,” says Beeks. “Last September, we randomly reconnected and started hashing out plans for this group.”
The quintet debuted in November, performing for over 10,000 people at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. “We’re funky, folky, rocky, and bluesy,” says Claire. “It all depends on what mood we’re in on any given day. I prefer the funk, but that’s just me.”
“Our music runs the gamut of styles and genres,” says Beeks. “The common ground is the groove. As an added component of our live shows, we feature a different female songwriter at random events, backing them on a few of their songs and having them rock out with ours.”
The Groove Kitties are recording their debut album at Berkley Sound. They appear January 23 at Brick by Brick for an all-girl Acoustic Alliance event with fellow locals Steph Johnson, Marie Haddad, Barbara Nesbitt, Tori Roze, Astra Kelly, Jenn Grinels, Lisa Sanders, and others.
WHAT’S IN YOUR MUSIC PLAYER?
Cathryn Beeks: “I only listen to local music, so stacked in my CD player are discs from Mike Moran, Lindsay White, Michael Tiernan, and Rusty King.”
Becky Fleming: “John Coltrane with Duke Ellington, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, the Band’s Live at Watkins Glen, and the Yellowjackets. I especially love bands with horns. Go figure.”
Marcia Claire: “My CD player has an unreleased Carlos Olmeda CD that is so good. On the turntable is Ted Nugent’s Cat Scratch Fever.”
Garrison Bailey: “Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Dixie Chicks, Michael Jackson, Sheryl Crow, and Susan Tedeschi. I can’t get enough of any of them.”
Nancy Bee: “A mix CD with Björk, Depeche Mode, the Cure, and a few others.”
MOST EMBARRASSING MUSIC IN YOUR COLLECTION?
Claire: “Everyone’s got their guilty pleasures. Mine are Journey and Daughtry.”
Bailey: “Olivia Newton-John, ‘Let’s Get Physical.’ And I am not sorry!”
Beeks: “When I was ten, I used to sell birds from our aviary at a local feed store’s auction.”
Claire: “Playing bass on a song that Tim Flannery wrote for [baseball player] Jerry Coleman called ‘The Man Who Hung the Stars’…my bass line sits in the Baseball Hall of Fame. That’s just crazy.”
EVER BEEN INJURED ONSTAGE?
Beeks: “Peed myself once, but let’s keep that between you and me.”
Fleming: “I was playing in the pit orchestra for the musical Annie, and in the middle of a song, the dog fell offstage and onto our heads.”
Bailey: “I wore a ring on my finger onstage, and the friction of playing drums all night caused the biggest blister.”
Bee: “Do bleeding fingers count?”
Beeks: “Ani DiFranco puts on a nice show, and the way she connects with the audience is emotional and honest.”
Claire: “Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, 2002, at the Wiltern Theatre. I’ve never seen anyone like Victor Wooten who takes that sort of command of the bass guitar. I was in tears.”
Bailey: “Maroon 5 did a cover of an Alicia Keys song, and it was breathtaking.”
Bee: “I saw Rush back in 2002, and I was really impressed.”
ANY FEARS OR PHOBIAS?
Beeks: “Planes. Me no likey.”
Fleming: “I’m afraid of bees. I was swarmed when I was little, after I stepped on a nest.”
Claire: “Definitely averse to crowds. I’m an avid online shopper.”
Bailey: “Tarantulas. I will shoot you with a gun if you bring one within the city limits of my being, and I’ll be just fine going to prison for it!”
WHAT’S ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Fleming: “I want to travel to Zimbabwe. I’m in another band that plays music from there.”
Claire: “Perhaps a little streaking. Nobody’s streaking anymore, and that bums me out.”
Bailey: “Win a Grammy.”
Bee: “Space travel would be pretty cool.”
TWO THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1) “I used to pitch horseshoes, semiprofessionally.”
2) “Wearing yellow makes me physically ill.”
1) “I can cross my toes the way most people cross their fingers.”
2) “I’m an ambidextrous bowler.”
1) “I love Vicks VapoRub.”
2) “I had eight teeth pulled and four years of painful braces.”
HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A FEMALE ROCKER?
Beeks: “There are no boys to carry our gear.”
Claire: “Being taken seriously.”
Bailey: “My boobs shake when I play.” ■