Katie Webster (born Kathryn Jewel Thorne, 11 January 1936 – 5 September 1999) was an American boogie-woogie pianist. She is acknowledged as one of the most important blues artists of her generation.
Until the 1980s this boisterous singer
was known only to record collectors, as an obscure but prolific session musician
behind Louisiana musicians
on the Excello
and Goldband record labels
, such as Lightnin' Slim
and Lonesome Sundown. Webster also played piano
with Otis Redding
in the 1960s, but after his death went into semi-retirement. But in the 1980s she was repeatedly booked for European
tours and recorded albums
for the German record label
, Ornament Records. To balance these solo
efforts, she cut You Know That's Right
with the band
Hot Links, and the album that established her in the United States
; The Swamp Boogie Queen
with guest spots by Bonnie Riatt
and Robert Cray
Her latter fame got her spots at both the San Francisco Blues Festival and Long Beach Blues Festivals.
With great good humour she served a mixed menu of blues and R&B, epitomised by her song "Zydeco Shoes and California Blues", until she was compelled by a stroke to hang up the one and play no more of the other.