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By Gary Vienna



originally published: 09/03/2022

Kat Falcey is one of those hardcore music fans who often end up working in the music industry. His company, Tunes2Ya, helps artists with networking, promotion, PR, booking referrals, and more. She returns to AmericanaFest in Nashville for the first time since the pandemic hit and has three of her New Jersey performers (Arlan Feiles, Mike Montrey and Carmen Sclafani) booked for a show at The basement Tuesday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.

AmericanaFest runs September 13-17 and attracts music fans and music industry professionals alike, offering five days of celebration through daytime seminars, panels and networking opportunities and raw, intimate showcases each evening.

New Jersey Stage reached out to Kat to find out more about the festival and the artists she’s bringing from the Garden State to Nashville. It’s a show she calls JerseyCana.

Tell me about your plans for Americanafest.

I assisted American Party (AMA) since 2006. I enjoy volunteering and have worked at the Hub Hotels registration desk – stuffed thousands of AMA goodie bags; Greeter for the daily presentation lunches of the AMA label; Worked with assisted music panels backstage at the Ryman Auditorium; Organized musical demonstration lunches for Canadian, Australian and British artists. Packed, packed. I’m looking forward to supporting two artists from my roster this year for the very first time at the AMAs.

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How is the atmosphere of Americanafest compared to a classic show?

The atmosphere during the AMAs is filled with global contacts in the music industry. There’s music everywhere you turn. Over 150 artists with each music hall filled daily and late into the night with official music showcases, in hotels, restaurants, concert halls, rooftops, parks and the Ryman Auditorium (the Mother Church)

Usually the artists are on the move and mingle before and after the shows. I saw a t-shirt that said, “A tourist town with a drinking problem A drinking town with a tourist problem.” Yet everyone gets along and the music brings everyone together.

Kat Falcey talks about JerseyCana

Is it a challenge to book shows for this time in Nashville?
YES – almost all venues are booked with official AMA records. You can pay to play; however, most artists cannot afford this option. I’m always looking for any opening I can fill. And I’ve been there since March.

This will be your first trip to Nashville since the pandemic. What did you miss the most?

I miss my friends all over the world. We kiss, dance and share our love of music. I have friends in California that I look forward to seeing every year. And my British and Canadian friends. And I’m always meeting new people and networking on behalf of every artist I represent and promote.

You have worked for a very long time with two of the artists on the bill (Arlan Feiles and Mike Montrey). What is it about these two that you really like?

I met Arlan Feiles at Triumph Brewing in Princeton, replacing Rick Barry. I was drawn to its sound, style and vibe. He can play solo and can even play with a full orchestra, which I have enjoyed many times in the past. Emotion and creative lyrics and piano create magical moments that only Arlan can deliver.

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Arlan had a successful musical career from Los Angeles to Miami and from Boston to the Jersey Shore. His sound is not only catchy, I feel like he has a worldly vibe that we can all relate to too.

mike montrey and I go back that far. I may also have met him for the first time at the Triumph in Princeton. I had heard a lot about his music with his band at the time, Water.

Then I saw him play solo and his style of guitar blew me away. I booked MMB from NJ to Asheville NC NJ-Colorado-California. SXSW, The Viper Room in Los Angeles and Blue Plate Special at WDVX in Knoxville and more. They love being on the road and meeting new fans.

Kat Falcey talks about JerseyCana

The Mike Montrey Band in the Boiler Room of Congress Hall, Cape May

How proud are you of their career?

I saw them both evolve from bachelors to dads. And I saw how that affected their music and the growth that they both went through. They both have a lot of passion and motivation. They have a magical magnetic force that pulls you in with their lyrics, style, sound and vibe. They make me dance.

What would you absolutely like to see happen for them? Something specific?

With Arlan, I want him cast in a Broadway show. One in which he could even write sing and play.

More music videos that inspire people to think in the direction of peace. Equality and justice for all. If Arlan ever runs for office, he’ll get my vote. He would do the job with kindness and song!

Many more tours around the world. Grammys in the future.

Kat Falcey talks about JerseyCana

Arlan Feiles

With Mike Montrey, I would like to see him open for a national act. I would like to see him jam in front of a huge audience with his son Jack, one day on drums. It would be great for him to be nominated for a Grammy again and WIN!

Is it hard to be involved in music promotion for many years – a job that is usually more work than reward?

I have had a lifelong passion for helping others. I spent 17 years in the hospitality-travel-tourism business. I’ve been a real music lover since the age of 9, listening to my brothers’ albums. I have always been a people oriented person who enjoys networking with others. It’s not easy and I’m always busy researching reading and staying up to date with what’s going on. The reward IS when others are happy. Having someone take the time to respond to my emails rarely happens, but it just points me in a different direction.

You must have HOPE as well as the respect and trust of the artists you promote and represent. If plan A doesn’t work, then I progress through the alphabet until I’m able to nail something. Often I network with contacts who are friends and we have built a musical relationship over the years where we help each other. And often I do ping-pong just for a reservation. It’s diligence and timing all the time.

I would like to mention, Carmen Sclafani, Wiser time. I met Carmen last year at Wonder Bar through Arlan. He taught me a lot about music distribution.

Kat Falcey talks about JerseyCana

Jim Lauderdale, Arlan Feiles and Carmen Sclafani

I’ve always been on the side of promoting an artist with bookings and socially through media and music release platforms, but I’ve never delved into ALL the outlets where musicians should have their songs placed. . Since March 2022, we have joined forces and work as a team to help artists with digital distribution. New Carmen music coming soon.

Finally, what do you hope artists get from your support?

My passion is to help artists achieve their goals. We work as a team. I am selective with the artists I represent. I love the natural, organic ways in which music brings us together.

Interesting story….

I call it Stumble In. In 2006 I walked into a dark concert hall under the Grimey record store. I started chatting with the sound guy. Turns out it was Michael Jude Grimes, co-owner of the basement. Every year I visit this venue and having Arlan Feiles, the Mike Montrey Band and Carmen Sclafani perform on Tuesday September 13th at 8:00 PM (CDT) in the basement (OG) for New Faces Night… is something I looking forward too. And I want to thank Mike for his trust in me and my artists. We hope to pack the place!

Kat Falcey talks about JerseyCana

Kat with Michael Jude Grimes in 2006


Gary Wien has covered the arts since 2001 and has published work with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for best music journalist and author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are you listening? Top 100 Albums 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. Additionally, he runs New Jersey Stage and The Penguin Rocks online radio station. He can be contacted at [email protected]


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