Karon Kate Blackwell, Marty's wife, with Joe on board Cruise Ship. (2003)
KARON KATE BLACKWELL
and Marty met in the mid 80s, the two began performing together, combining Karon's music and Marty's comedy.
Karon was born and raised near Ellisville, Mississippi.
As a vocalist, she
can glide effortlessly from country to rhythm and blues and gospel to a ballad by Irving Berlin or the Gershwins.
As a musician, she can pound out a rock `n' roll song on the piano Jerry Lee Lewis-style or take an old-fashioned ragtime tune and really make it swing.
Many of the songs she
sings are her
career began in nightclubs and showrooms throughout the country, opening for the likes of Wayne Newton in Las Vegas and Burl Ives in Reno.
is on stage, there is never a dull moment.
If all the energy that Karon Kate pours into her
performance would be harnessed, the lights of Las Vegas and Atlantic City could run on that energy for a million years.
Karon's boogie-woogie at the piano brings down the house very time.
sings a lot of old favorites, but she
also includes a few of her
own compositions such as Wedding Vows, a song she
wrote for Marty on their wedding day.
One of Karon's singles entitled, I Can't Laugh was a Cashbox "pick-of-the-week" selection in 1994.
is presently in the studio recording a new version of Dusty Springfield's I Only Want To Be With You.