My hometown, by Kate Ellis
Following the release of her debut album, Carve Me Out, almost a year ago, and ahead of a summer of festival dates, country singer Kate Ellis took some time out to take part in the first ever edition of our new feature, focusing on the good, the bad, and the interesting about their hometown. Kate can't choose so guides us through her three hometowns.
What’s the best thing about your hometown?
I guess the best thing about my hometown is that I have three! I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, grew up in New York, and now live in London. They are all very different from each other and I have a soft spot for all of them as they each represent different parts of my life and myself.
What’s the worst thing about your hometown?
Having three different places as a hometown means I don’t really feel any one of them is 100% my home. This can be liberating, but also alienating at times.
What’s the strangest fact you know about your hometown?
Baton Rouge is French for “red stick,” a name given after a bloody pole that held the heads of dead animals. It marked the boundary between two tribal hunting grounds. I just found this out and it sort of freaks me out…
Who’s the most famous person from your hometown?
New York and London have too many famous people so I’ll go back to Baton Rouge. It’s probably best known for NBA All-Star Shaq O’Neal but I’ll pick Elemore Morgan Jr., a well-known southern landscape painter and a friend of my dad.
What’s the town most famous for?
I would say New York is most famous for being completely different from the rest of America (and some might say the rest of the world).
Where’s the best place to eat?
In Baton Rouge it would be a shrimp po boy at Parrain’s Seafood. In New York it’s tough to say. Now I live in London, when I go back I gravitate to Mexican restaurants as it’s the cuisine I miss the most. Every time I go to NYC there is a new fantastic Mexican somewhere to try.
Where’s the best place to grab a coffee?
London: Ozone in Leonard Street. New York: Brooklyn Roasting Company in Dumbo.
Where’s the best place to have a beer / glass of wine / cocktail?
I do love old British pubs because they still feel exotic and the opposite of what I grew up with in New York. There’s great gastro pub near us called the Bull and Last – perfect for a glass of wine with a Sunday roast.
Where’s the place to go when you want to have fun?
Hanging out at home with my family. Not a very rock ‘n roll answer I know.
Where’s the place to go when you want some peace and quiet?
Probably not hanging out at home with the family!
What’s the single best reason to visit?
Music is the reason to visit Baton Rouge and other Louisiana places like New Orleans. My dad was an important early musical influence for me and where my country-folk roots come from. You can see some videos I made called “My Dad’s Records” about my father’s music collection and how it influenced me.
Kate's album, Carve Me Out, is available on streaming services and to by from Amazon. You can find out when Kate's on tour by visiting her website. You can also follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, or see her on Instagram.