Kathy  Boyd


Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

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We could not do what we do without our loyal friends and fans.  Here's a sample of what they've had to say about us.  If you'd like to add a comment, please send it to Kathy by using the contact information at the bottom of this page.  Thank you!


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"What energy!! What stories, songs, and smiles KBPR brought to our living room for a recent house concert!! Our friends were simply blown away by the amazingly fun evening! Thank you, thank you, thank you Kathy and crew!!" ~ Bill and Cathy Gawlowski, Bend, Oregon


"There were three musical acts during the Sternwheeler Days Festival in Cascade Locks last weekend. Of the three that performed, my favorite was Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising. They played what they called Original Roots Bluegrass. Most of their tunes were original and had a fantastic sound! I had the opportunity to photograph the band as they performed and then got to talk with them during a break. All four members of the band are super friendly and very easy going. My favorite songs from their performance were “Risky Business” and “Twelve More Miles to Clatskanie”. Thanks to Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising for allowing me the opportunity to spend the time with them." ~ Brian Sopke Photography


"I would recommend Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising for any event that promotes good family entertainment, high energy interaction with the audience and just nice folks to visit with.  The band hosted a slow jam, which brought a large crowd of new and inexperienced musicians. The feedback was all positive, some musicians said they would like to have Kathy Boyd back another year and host the jam again.  My experience with Kathy Boyd prior to, during and after the festival could only be summed up as positive in all aspects. ~ Marie Parks, Mid Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association


“Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is an energetic and well rehearsed band! They had solid beginnings and endings; you can tell they’ve played together for years. They conducted themselves in a very professional manner, and I consider them one of the most polite bands I’ve had the pleasure to work with. They started the evening on time, and stayed on schedule during their 15 minute set break. Their music was fun and the band got the whole crowd involved! Overall… great experience and fantastic music!” ~ Rochelle Parsch, Aquatic and Recreation Supervisor, City Of Oregon City Parks and Recreation


"Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising (KBPR) is truly a crowd pleaser! Their performances are lively, energetic and, most importantly, ENTERTAINING! ~ Ted Ramos, President of Myrtle Creek Chamber of Commerce


"If an award for the best smile and stage personality was presented by the OBA, this gal would win. A fun set with all new songs from their just released Bluegrass Gospel CD. They worked hard for us and the OBA... We love you guys. Thanks Kathy Boyd & PR.." ~ Ken Cartwright, OBA Gospel Show Producer

"Special thanks for the Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising slow jam--my daughter hasn't gotten her fiddle out in years until just a few months ago--(lessons when in grade school)---and she out of the blue elected to come up with us--and really appreciated the teaching going on in the jam there--kudos to you guys." ~ Deb Brinkerhoff

"*THANK YOU* so much for another fun concert. You are fabulous entertainers and it is always a joy dealing with you. Love your energy and the sparkle you bring to the stage. True professionals and musicians. WOW ! ~ Fran Coker, Klamath Basin Habitat for Humanity


"It was not an accident that I named Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising as one of the bands that would bring me to Wintergrass. I've been playing your "Burning Down The House" CD since I bought it when I saw you at Goldendale last spring. You have become a favorite of my wife and me." ~ Jeff Hadfield

"Your music is sweetly precious. . . . yet "ballsy" 'n real!  Thanks!" ~ Gary King


"I've seen Kathy in a few bands but had not yet had a chance to see her with Phoenix Rising, so other than her recordings, didn't know what to expect...Well, little miss Dynamite didn't disappoint her fans.. and I'm sure she made some new fans... Kathy and the boys were having a good time ... It was great to see all the publicity that Kathy had generated for the show and it paid off.. Thanks Kathy... An excellent show and hope you do well with your new CD... Very entertaining and some good songwriting too... So Kathy, thanks for bringing your show to Stayton, we appreciate it... ~ Ken Cartwright, Cartwrights Music Series

We love your music... killer.. ~ Robert, Radio Submit


Thank you for the great show at Wilsonville. It was a real plus to get to talk to you and the group after the show and share some notes. Something I forgot to do was thank you for the tribute to our Country's Veterans. It is always appreciated when that is done onstage. See you at Rivercity if not before.~ Louie White

Kathy Boyd is one nice gal! Her generous enthusiasm is contagious...and I hope there is no antidote! ~ Bill Storm


Thanks for coming to Amboy and entertaining us. I am the one who talked to you after your set and just loved your Dobro performance of "Rhubarb Pie".  I just listened to your "Burning Down the House" CD. Awesome! Sometimes the CD just isn't the same as live. You guys come real close to live in the CD and I just love that "Rhubarb Pie" song. Not only do you have a sweet dobro moan going but also a great beat. I love the way you mix in stacatto licks and chops with the cool slide licks. I must play this song. Big Fan ~ Tom Telford

I can't tell you how much we appreciated Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising being part of our event. Ive gotten nothing but positive feedback. You started our day off just right!  Thanks again to you and the guys! It's been a pleasure working with you and I hope to do so again soon! ~ Jessica Wade, Oregon Brews and BBQ's Habitat for Humanity Benefit Entertainment Coordinator

Your band was wonderful and everyone enjoyed the music.  Thanks for coming and participating in the event! ~ Becky Fairbank,  Executive Coordinator, McMinnville Area Habitat for Humanity

It was GREAT to hear you guys in concert finally! I loved it :) What a great group you have! GREAT concert, loved the stories behind the songs too. We've done some performance training and it takes a lot to put on a good show, and you guys definitely put on a GOOD SHOW! Can't wait to hear you again ~ Kate White (The Kate White Band), www.katewhitemusic.com or www.myspace.com/katewhiteband


(from our soldier we adopted through www.anysoldier.com)

Thank you all for the gift package. My troops and I really appreciate the items that you sent. I believe I am the only one who truly knows about Stumptown's coffee. In my civilian life I am a chiropractor and used to work across the street from Stumptown at a free clinic on Burnside St. I really do miss the coffee as well as Voodoo doughnuts and their bucket of day olds. I have a question about the song "12 more miles to Clatskanie", why Clatskanie? I actually live in Clatskanie. My troops also asked me to thank you for them. So Thanks again.
Christopher Sherman D.C., TSgt
Flight Chief / Alpha / UDM
Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait

KBPR, the band, formed to give the audience a great time because they know that the audience is the most important part of the mix during live performance.  High energy with humor, personality, musical acumen and, well, just a darn good time because, after all, that's exactly what they set out to do.  Clap, sing along, get your toes tappin' and let them pull you into the musical experience that is Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising! ~ Margaret Doran, Doran Productions


Flying home from IBMA, I open up my Bluegrass Now and there's a feature on you! Congratulations--- its good to see good people getting the recognition they deserve. ~ Al Price, Nechville Banjos

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising adds a dimension that RiverCity thrives on - great bluegrass music delivered with personality! ~ Chris Palmer, Producer, RiverCity Bluegrass Festival

Thanks for all you did at Tygh Valley. And a special thanks to you and Tim for hosting the slow jam, wind and all. I didn't realize the banjo was a wind instrument until them. I'm a student of his on the 5 string. He had 3 student there which I thought was great. ~ Darrel Dixon


Just a quick note from the Bend-based, shaggy-haired guitarist that had the privilege to sing with you this past weekend.  I just wanted to say one great big "thank you" for all of your support and encouragement that you gave me at Tygh Valley. It is really such a big boost to have you share the things that you did when one is trying to find their "legs" under them writing and performing. Aspen and I had a great time playing and singing a mess 'o songs with Dennis under one of the big 'ole trees there last weekend. I've never heard such beautiful 3 part harmony up close and personal like that... where the chord just doubles in volume when everyone comes in on it... I'm hooked on this whole thing, as you can probably tell!!! ~ Charles Davis


Thanks Kathy, My wife and I both thank you for slow jam in Tygh Valley, we hope you will do it again. ~ Jim Kester

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising gained the audience's attention and support from the beginning and kept it through the last song by playing fun, upbeat music that was very enjoyable to listen to. The musicians were very easy to work with and all had a demeanour that matched the uplifting music on stage and off. It was truly a pleasure working with this group and I hope to hear them again soon.  Thank you for everything Kathy, the band was wonderful and I hope to watch your band at the 2008 Oregon State Fair. ~ Sara Hamler-Dupras, Entertainment Coordinator, Oregon State Fair

Kathy, Tim, Dennis, and Tom, THANKS FOR THE MOST AWESOME, DYNAMIC afternoon you shared with Mark and myself, at the Picnic Grove Stage (Oregon State Fair). Just wanted to jot down a note to say THANK YOU and the performance was so special....slide on Tim...

 ~Mark and Sharron Studer

If you are looking for a Bluegrass band to fill up the seats at your next festival or show, look no further than Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising. Kathy is not just another pretty face, or talented singer, or timely bass player, she is also a tireless promoter of both the band and bluegrass in general. Both Kathy and the band have a professional attitude that is a joy to work with. They put on a lively show that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to. Song selection is a strong suit, ranging from hard driving traditional to old favourites and new original tunes like their ‘Black Diamond Jingle’. The fact that the band themselves are having so much  fun performing on stage is obvious, and quickly infects the audience and draws them into the show. Over all, Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising were a well received pleasure and highly recommended. ~ Jordan Walsh, Sooke River Bluegrass Festival


Awesome! Our first experience with a live band on our Kampground and it couldn't have turned out more successful. Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising were the perfect ground breakers to live concerts. All of them fit right in with us. They were a pleasure to get to know and the campers and locals that came to join in were extremely delighted with their performance. I would suggest this group to all organizations that are looking for a time of good music, laughs and family entertainment. They are an all around "Great Experience". Kathy Boyd & Rising Phoenix have an open invitation here anytime; and I as a host tell you, you can't go wrong choosing such a down to earth group, and as a want to be audience participant? Go for it, You will be glad that you did. ~ Rochell FitzGerald, Owner of the Port Angeles KOA, WA ~ USA

Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising...what can I say? You guys put on a stellar show and are "top shelf" entertainers. Goldendale was extremely blessed to have you be such a big part of our Inaugural Blue Moon "Fiddle Around The Stars" Festival. The children at our schools are still chatting about your visit to their schools...and how much they loved your music! We do hope you will come back and visit us one of these days soon. With sincere appreciation ~ Lorraine Reynolds, Golden Event Planning, LLC, Event Director ~ City of Goldendale, www.cityofgoldendale.com

Most importantly, as I sat there it struck me that each of you expresses that you, individually and collectively, LOVE making music. I will probably never pay the rent with music. I may never be at a level to perform in a band. But when I strum my little red guitar I get to share a moment with Tommy. When I struggle to sing a little tune all alone in my truck I wonder just how Dennis does that. When I "get" the pictures in my head I admire Tim's lyrical paintbrush. And when it just feels so good that all the world slows to a gentle pace, I thank You, Kathy for your friendship, inspiration, and encouragement. ~ Robert Underwood

Thank you so much for the wonderful music and charm you all brought to our wedding! You guys really made it even more wonderful. All of our guests fell in love with you and we have not stopped talking about how wonderful you all were!  By the way, how can I get some of your CDs? Can I order them online? I would love to give some of friends in New Zealand some. I have been bragging about you down here too! ~ Katherine O'Hare

I just want to thank you for playing at my sons wedding.  Your band is wonderful and it made their special day even more special. The "Wedding song" was absolutely amazing! Thank you so very much ~ Sue


What a great show Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising performed on Saturday night in Mt Angel!!! Kathy's very cool Eminence portable upright bass enables her to move even more enthusiastically on stage. This delightful evening was filled with lots of original songs. Tom Tower's song about Clatskanie, Kathy's hometown, was of particular interest due to the town's annual summer bluegrass festival. Tim Crosby's song about his grandmother's move to Colorado was beautifully performed.  And Dennis Nelson, who only has been with the band a short 3 weeks, played and sung like he has been playing with the band for a long time. If you get a chance to hear this energetic band, do it...you definitely won't be disappointed.  Hopefully, the band's debut CD will be released in the Spring so everyone can hear their music.

~ John Shafer

Working with Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising was by far the easiest and most satisfying part of planning our wedding. Kathy was always quick to answer emails and phone calls, and always very positive and easy to work with. The band learned difficult and specific songs that fit our quirky needs as well as our religious and traditional needs. They were a highlight of the wedding itself; people raved about them at the wedding and afterwards!  They were flexible, timely, and just an absolute blast. We cannot recommend them highly enough. ~ David and Karmin


Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising are veteran professionals who can be depended upon to entertain the audience at your music event. All members of the group are accomplished musicians and they produce a sound that people who are interested in traditional country music will enjoy. People will return year after year and bring their friends along. Kathy's husband Mark Gensman is an accomplished sound producer and technician. The Lions Club of Prospect, Oregon hopes to see the entire group back next year in Prospect to help us present the 12th Annual Prospect Bluegrass Festival. ~ Dave Conner, Prospect Bluegrass Festival Committee


What a great show you did for us in Newport. Wow, everyone absolutely loved it. I still have images of little kids running around in circles in my head. And thank you soooooo much for the customized lyrics to Man of Constant Sorrow (Fortune). We loved it. We're going to frame the signed copy you gave us. It really was a great night. Wish I'd had time to talk to you during the night, but it seemed to be a big blurr. Lots of fun and, like I said, you and the band really made it a memorable night for everyone, and the perfect wedding night for Tracy and myself. Thanks again, and hopefully we'll run into you guys again in the future. ~ Karl


Thank you so much for the wonderful entertainment at our reception.  The care you took to personalize so many things, and the wonderful "new" song you wrote with lyrics printed for our benefit.  We have it framed and up in our new home already.  What a truly special gift . . . that was over the top! Thanks again.  ~ Karl & Tracy Graham


Rose & I had a great time at the festival and we certainly had a blast "Jamming" with you all. Thanks so much and it was nice to meet you, Keep on Pickin'. ~ Rose & Dave Bliss


I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your gig at the Ross Ragland Theatre. I was in town on vacation from West Palm Beach Fl. I'm drummer/percussionist down here doing mostly Jazz, Rock, Shows and some Orchestra stuff (whatever pays the bills).  Although I'm not a devotee of bluegrass I like the fact that it, like jazz, is still exciting because of the very live aspect of it and in this world of protocols and programming it's always good to hear and see real people playing real music and getting that instant reaction from the crowd. Keep on pickin' and hope to see you again. I get up there at least once a year. ~ David G. Kroll


It was great seeing you at RiverCity, I really liked the energy of the band, it looked like you guys were psyched and having a lot of fun. And I heard your recording on Uptown Bluegrass, I love that song. Looks like Phoenix Rising is coming right along.  ~ Doug W.


Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising- I had never had a chance to see them play, and was very impressed. Lots of energy, and great playing, and that little lady with her little bass.... and her pink boots!! Chip Russell


All of that plus my first opportunity to see Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising for the first time really helped make the festival (RiverCity) for me. ~ Jim Kelly



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The Keepers of the Flame are our dear friends who help us spread the word about our upcoming performances.  If you would like to help hang posters, send e-mails, find places in your neighborhood for the band to perform or simply be on our mailing list, please contact Kathy through the information listed below. 

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Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising
PO Box 3747, Tualatin, OR 97062 ~ USA
Tel: 503-691-1177
FAX: 503-691-9939


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